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Juniors kick off Vans US Open of Surfing

Kanoa Igarashi © ASP/Morris




Vans US Open of Surfing

ASP Women's WCT
ASP Men's Prime
ASP 2-Star Men's and Women's Pro Junior
Huntington Beach, California, USA
July 26 - August 3, 2014

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Kanoa Igarashi earns day's highest heat total

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 July, 2014 - Huntington Beach - Opening day at the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing commenced with Men’s Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 2-Star Pro Junior action. Top under-21 talent powered through Rounds 1 and 2 of competition in peaky one-to-three foot waves at Huntington Beach Pier, deciding the divisions Quarterfinalists.

Stop No. 5 of 7 on the 2014 ASP North America Pro Junior Series, the Vans US Open Pro Junior offers crucial points towards surfers’ qualification campaigns for the prestigious World Junior Championships.
Kanoa Igarashi (Huntington Beach, CA), 16, Huntington Beach local and main event wildcard, stormed through two rounds today, posting the day’s high heat total of 17.16 while collecting two wins. Igarashi hopes to carry his Pro Junior momentum to the main stage in order to find success against the more experienced competition in the Prime division.

“The waves are pretty good and the forecast was looking really bad, so I’m happy,” Igarashi said. “You can’t ask for much more. I’m just trying out some boards and different fins and stoked to surf two heats before the main event and build momentum. I feel like I surfed better than my first heat and hopefully I’ll do better in the next one. The men’s event will be a lot harder and I’ll have to surf my best.”

Yago Dora (BRA), 18, was electric on opening day of the Vans US Open Pro Junior, collecting the day’s high score of a near-perfect 9.77 for two big air-reverses. The young Brazilian is relatively new to competition and is looking to gain experience against the world’s best juniors in Huntington Beach.

“It’s my first time here at the US Open, so it’s a really good start for me,” Dora said. “That nine, it was a set wave and the biggest of the heat. I got lucky to have two nice sections on the same wave and was able to land the airs. I started to surf kind of late, and I’m not very good competing yet. I need to get experience and that’s what I’m doing right now.”
Cam Richards (Garden City Beach, SC), 19, was consistent through Rounds 1 and 2, claiming two convincing heat victories with a pair of 15 point heat totals. The advancement to the Quarterfinals marks the East Coaster’s career best result at the venue.
“I’m really excited with my start because every year I do this I’ve lost in the second round,” Richards said. “To make it past the second round is an accomplishment and I’m having fun. I use California as a home base in between trips and it’s a good place to be and I feel comfortable in these conditions. I’ve surfed Huntington a bunch so it feels like home.”
The Vans US Open of Surfing runs from Saturday, July 26 through Sunday, August 3, 2014. Live webcast will begin Monday, July 28 via and

Heat 1: Cam Richards (USA) 15.70, Luan Wood (BRA) 13.57, Jake Marshall (USA) 13.20, Kalani David (HAW) 4.40

Heat 2: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 17.16, Koa Smith (HAW) 12.36, Andrew Jacobson (USA)11.37, Keala Naihe (HAW) 8.16

Heat 3: Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 12.93, Jake Davis (USA) 12.84, Colin Moran (USA) 10.84, Noah Schweizer (USA) 3.33

Heat 4: Matt Banting (AUS) 13.67, Skip McCullough (USA) 12.26, Ulualoha Napeahi (HAW) 11.50, Barron Mamiya (HAW) 7.90

Heat 5: Yago Dora (BRA) 15.44, Nic Hdez (USA) 13.27, Lucca Mesinas Novaro (PER) 12.76, Trevor Thornton (USA) 10.37

Heat 6: Taylor Clark (USA) 14.17, Jake Halstead (USA) 12.10, Kaito Kino (USA) 11.24, Thelen McKinna-Worrell (USA) 6.76

Heat 7: Jake Kelley (USA) 14.30, Kevin Schulz (USA) 13.93, Daniel Glenn (USA) 13.50, Juninho Urcia (PER) 12.60

Heat 8: Joshua Moniz (HAW) 13.94, Miguel Tudela (PER) 13.60, Parker Coffin (USA) 12.07, Alonso Correa (PER) 7.60
Heat 1: Cam Richards (USA) 15.06, Andrew Jacobson (USA) 12.67, Imaikalani Devault (HAW) 8.30, Patrick Curren (USA) 6.87

Heat 2: Kalani David (HAW) 11.83, Koa Smith (HAW) 10.83, Taylor Mathiesen (USA) 9.33, Lucca Saldivar (PER) 7.92

Heat 3: Keala Naihe (HAW) 9.73, Luan Wood (BRA) 8.00, Tyler Gunter (USA) 7.83, Jacob Szekely (USA) 5.72

Heat 4: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 14.93, Jake Marshall (USA) 14.80, Giorgio Gomez (USA) 10.00, Robbie Merrell (USA) 3.90

Heat 5: Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 11.50, Skip McCullough (USA) 10.23, Kadin Panesi (USA) 8.26, Breyden Taylor (USA) 6.63

Heat 6: Jake Davis (USA) 14.60, Ulaloha Napeahi (HAW) 11.20, Seth Moniz (HAW) 10.94, Griffin Colapinto (USA) 8.57

Heat 7: Barron Mamiya (HAW) 14.44, Noah Schweizer (USA) 14.00, Matthew Glenn (USA) 9.90, Knox Harris (USA) 2.46

Heat 8: Matt Banting (AUS) 15.30, Colin Moran (USA) 14.60, Pat Schmidt (USA) 9.10, Noah Beschen (HAW) 4.93

Heat 9: Yago Dora (BRA) 16.84, Kaito Kino (HAW) 14.03, Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 11.13, Luke Marks (USA) 7.80

Heat 10: Lucca Mesinas Novaro (PER) 13.73, Taylor Clark (USA) 10.89, Morgan Level (USA) 7.00, Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 6.47

Heat 11: Thelen McKinna-Worrell (USA) 16.66, Trevor Thornton (USA) 10.54, Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 6.93, Kona Olivera (HAW) 6.90

Heat 12: Juninho Urcia (PER) 11.34, Alonso Correa (PER) 11.33, Derek Gomes (VEN) 11.10, Brogie Panesi (USA) 11.10

Heat 13: Juninho Urcia (PER) 11.34, Alonso Correa (PER) 11.33, Derek Gomes (VEN) 11.10, Brogie Panesi (USA) 11.10

Heat 14: Daniel Glenn (USA) 14.20, Miguel Tudela (PER) 12.67, Addison Miles (USA) 7.74, Myles Laine-Toner (USA) 7.70

Heat 15: Parker Coffin (USA) 12.50, Jake Kelley (USA) 12.10, Colt Ward (USA) 10.17, Ethan Carlston (USA) 8.16

Heat 16: Joshua Moniz (HAW) 15.44, Kevin Schulz (USA) 11.50, Joshua Burke (BRB) 11.40, Josh Benjoya (USA) 10.70

Bobby Shadley

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