Photos, Video: Vans US Open Of Surfing Day 6 Highlights
"I've worked my whole life for this moment." Homegrown Courtney Conlogue emerged victorious on Day 6, not only securing a spot in the Semifinals, but also ranking as the top female surfer in the world and doing Huntington Beach proud. Round 4 and the Semifinals of Stop 6 on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Women's Championship Tour (CT) saw dramatic competition in two- to three-foot surf, with four women moving on to Sunday's final heats. To rewind Day 6, the day kicked off with the remaining heats of the Men's Qualifying Series (QS) Round 2. Here are the highlights, plus a snapshot of what's to come.
- Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) caused a huge upset after eliminating two-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) in the Quarterfinals. What started as a low-scoring affair ended with an exciting exchange that unfolded in the final minutes. Moore posted a 5.60 but the South African netted a 7.60 to steal the lead and take victory over the two-time event winner. The result is Buitendag's best ever at the US Open, marking the second time that she has eliminated the Hawaiian this season and will see Moore relinquish the Jeep leader jersey to Courtney Conlogue (USA).
- Malia Manuel (HAW) came out firing in her Quarterfinal bout against Conlogue, earning an 8.00 on her opening wave. The Huntington Beach local was quick to answer with an 8.60. The two past event winners went head-to-head but Conlogue kept busy and kept the pressure on to take the win and claim the no. 1 position on the Jeep Leaderboard for the first time in her career.
- Johanne Defay (FRA) will join Buitendag in the Semifinals after upsetting Lakey Peterson (USA). A 7.00 on her second wave backed up with a 6.80 put the European threat in the top spot, leaving Peterson, current no. 4 on the Jeep Leaderboard, searching for an 8.13. Defay, who defeated Alessa Quizon (HAW) in Round 4 earlier today, looked confident, attacking the lip to win through to her second Semifinal of the season. The 2012 event winner, Peterson, was eliminated in fifth place.
- Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) claimed the last Semifinal spot after defeating compatriot Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) decisively in the final heat of the day. The world no. 3 and former event winner held a 7.93 and a 6.33 in her scoreline and it was enough to take down Van Dijk. Fitzgibbons will match-up against Conlogue in a heavyweight Semifinal clash when the women’s competition resumes.
- Defending event winner Filipe Toledo (BRA) dominated the lineup in the opening heat to advance through to Round 3. The young Brazilian’s air-game was in full effect and he posted two excellent scores to earn the highest heat total of the contest so far, an 18.20.
- Heat 10 of Round 2 saw former CT surfer Dion Atkinson (AUS) dominate the field. He capitalized on the best waves coming through to deliver a succession of big turns for two eight-point rides and the win.
- CT standout Kolohe Andino (USA) looked focused and confident in Heat 11 and continued his momentum from Round 1. Andino sailed through in the face of a tough field, advancing on with a heat-high 9.10 for two big backside snaps.
Day 7 Preview
The heat is on for the men on Day 7, commencing with Round 3 at 7:30 a.m., followed by the Men's Pro Junior Quarterfinals at 11:30 a.m. Also in the water is the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational longboard event, starting at 12:50 p.m. with the Quarters, succeeded by the Semifinals at 2:10 p.m. Head to Huntington Surf & Sport (HSS) on Main Street at 10 a.m. for a special Surfer's Hall of Fame induction. A Life Rolls On Expression Session is also slated for 3 p.m., honoring adaptive sports and freedom from paralysis.
Men's Round 3 Match-Ups:
- Heat 1: Adam Melling (AUS), Nathan Yeomans (USA), Marco Fernandez (BRA)
- Heat 2: Michael Rodrigues (BRA), Joan Duru (FRA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
- Heat 3: Tim Reyes (USA), Mitch Crews (AUS), Freddy Patacchia (HAW)
- Heat 4: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN), Carlos Munoz (CRI), Ryan Callinan (AUS)
- Heat 5: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Alex Ribeiro (BRA), Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
- Heat 6: Miguel Pupo (BRA), Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), Maxime Huscenot (FRA)
- Heat 7: Dion Atkinson (AUS), Tanner Hendrickson (HAW), Kolohe Andino (USA)
- Heat 8: Billy Stairmand (NZL), Charles Martin (GLP), Tomas Hermes (BRA)
BMX practice rolls out at 9:10 a.m. in the Bowl, followed by the prelims at 11 a.m., more practice at 12:50 p.m., and a Vans BMX Team autograph signing at 3 p.m.
Skate takes over the Bowl at 2 p.m. with a practice session, leading into the Van Doren Invitational and Pro Skate Qualifiers from 4-6 p.m.
The full US Open schedule is viewable here, and don't forget to pencil in Women's Semifinals on Sunday at 10 a.m. Men's and Women's Finals to follow.
Women's Semifinal Match-Ups:
- SF 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
- SF 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)