Day five of the Vans US Open of Surfing ran through Rounds 2 and 3 in peaky two-to-four foot surf at Huntington Beach. The field of 18 was narrowed to 12, with top ASP World Title threats advancing directly to the Quarterfinals.
Malia Manuel (HAW), 20, current World No. 5, commanded Rounds 2 and 3 after an opening-day stumble, collecting the day’s highest scores. The Kauaian collected a 15.17 two-wave heat total in Round 2 in a victory against wildcard Leila Hurst (HAW), 20, and a near-perfect 9.67 in Round 3 while securing a Quarterfinals berth.
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 23, 2011 US Open Champion and current World No. 2, continued her successful run in Huntington Beach, besting rookies Dimity Stoyle (AUS), 22, and Johanne Defay (FRA), 20, while posting a Round 3 win.
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 26, who collected a US Open win in 2007, put together another dominant performance in Round 3. The Australian surfed the tricky beach-break with a textbook approach, connecting strong outside turns and committed inside maneuvers on the reform for another convincing heat win.
Following Women’s Round 3, the Men’s Qualification Series (QS) Prime-rated competition completed Round 2 as ASP Top 34 hopefuls clashed for a respective spot among next year’s elite.
Matt Banting (AUS), 19, current No. 2 on the QS, continued his hot streak, topping Dream Tour sophomore Filipe Toledo (BRA), 18, progressive sorcerer Dane Reynolds (USA), 28, and American tactician Cory Arrambide (USA), 24, with a big Round 2 heat victory.
Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY), 33, contributed to the international field flaring in Huntington Beach, trouncing his Round 2 heat with a commanding run from start-to-finish. Gonzalez was surgical on both his forehand and backhand while securing a spot in Round 3.
Kanoa Igarashi (Huntington Beach, CA), 16, Vans US Open of Surfing wildcard, continued to establish himself among the world’s best surfers, taking an impressive Round 2 win. The local talent’s victory came over WCT surfers Jadson Andre (BRA), 24, Travis Logie (ZAF), 33, and Jake Halstead (La Jolla, CA), 20.
The annual Van Doren Invitational Women’s Contest at the Vans US Open wrapped up with a packed house supporting women’s skateboarding.
Reigning champion and Vans team rider Lizzie Armanto defends her title, taking home 1st place and a cool $5,000. Rounding out the podium was 13-year old ripper Alana Smith in 2nd place and OC local Julz Lynn in 3rd.
The top 6 women’s placers included last year’s standouts including Alyssha Bergado and Nora Vasconcellos, and introduced new competitor Kisa Nakamura, who flew all the way from Japan to compete.
Check out the finals results here.
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