Malia Manuel : photo Rowland/ASP Covered Images
Honda U.S. Open of Surfing
Presented by O'Neill
Men's 6 Star WQS Event #22
Women's 6 Star WQS Event #22
Grade 2 Men's ASP Junior Event
Huntington Beach California
18 - 27 July 2008
Malia Manuel bests Coco Ho to win U.S. Open of Surfing
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 July, 2008 : - - Malia Manuel (Wailua, HI), 14, has claimed the GO211 LIVE featuring the Womens Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by ONeill over fellow finalist Coco Ho (North Shore, HI), 17, making ASP history as the youngest finalists ever at the US Open of Surfing.
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star event saw some incredible performances today, but none as impressive as the young Hawaiians taking down some of the biggest names in professional surfing.
Im so stoked right now, Manuel said. My sponsors gave me the wildcard into this event and I was just happy to be here. To get to surf against some of my heroes and to be in the Final with my friend Coco (Ho) is just something I would have never dreamed of.
Sticking to her game plan throughout the event, Manuel started strong in the opening moments of the Final, securing two lengthy righthanders to post solid scores while her opponent struggled to find her footing in the challenging afternoon conditions.
There werent many waves out there this afternoon which was too bad, Manuel said. I just got lucky that a couple linked up for me and I was able get some scores under my belt.
Malia Manuel : photo Rowland/ASP Covered Images
Manuel issued huge upsets today, defeating former ASP Womens World Champion and 2006 U.S. Open Champion Sofia Mulanovich (Lima, PER) in her Quarterfinals heat before posting a dominating heat win over current ASP WQS ratings leader Sally Fitzgibbons (Gerroa, AUS) as well as an impressive win over Ho en route to becoming the youngest U.S. Open Winner ever.
Ho issued her share of shocking upsets as well, defeating ASP Womens World Tour veteran Melanie Bartels (Makaha, HI) and reigning ASP Womens World Champion and defending U.S. Open Champion Stephanie Gilmore (Tweed Heads, AUS) on her way to the final. Hos potential sweep of both the womens events was stopped by Manuels Honda U.S. Open Final victory.
The conditions really came down to the one who got the wave with the wall, Ho said. I couldnt find my feet and I had to watch her catch a really good right. It was just cool being in the Final, because it was my goal to just make the Quarters, so Im over the moon.
Fitzgibbons, who has already qualified for the 2009 ASP Womens World Tour, finished in equal third-place behind Manuel, increasing her ASP WQS ratings lead over the field. Malia was surfing really well and got off to a great start and just kept going from there, Fitzgibbons said. It was hard to play catch-up with the waves that were coming through and shes the deserving heat winner.
Fitzgibbons will take a break and miss the ASP WQS 6-Star event in Portugal to recharge, but will be back and ready for when competition resumes in Hawaii.
Gilmore, who finished equal third as well, was defeated in her Semifinals heat by event standout Ho. Gilmore put in a hard-fought battle against the young North Shore native, but could not find the score she needed to advance over her opponent.
Ive been watching Coco (Ho) the whole event and shes probably my favorite up-and-coming surfer, Gilmore said. It was cool to have a heat with her and see what her strategies are. These are some really valuable points on my WQS seeding. Im bummed I didnt get the win, but thats competition.
Gilmore will travel from the Honda U.S. Open in Huntington to France for the next ASP Womens World Tour event, where the Rip Curl Pro Mademoiselle will take place from August 28-September 1, 2008 in Hossegor, France. The ASP WQS womens competitors will head from Huntington to Portugal for another ASP WQS 6-Star event, the Billabong Girls Cascais Festival, which will be held in Guincho, Portugal from July 31 August 3, 2008
In addition to the finale of the U.S. Open Womens event, the ASP Grade-2 S3 Supergirl Pro Junior came to a close today with Honda U.S. Open Finalist Ho claiming victory over fellow finalists Nikita Robb (East London, ZAF), Sage Erickson (Ventura, CA) and Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA) with a come-from-behind victory over Robb, edging out prodigious South African by seven tenths of a point.
To be here standing on the beach with the crowd with the Pro Junior Title and the runner-up finish in the WQS, Im really happy. Ho said. Its been a long week of surfing and Im going to Indo tomorrow with all of the girls that surfed in womens Quarterfinals and just going to relax after the week.
Robb jumped out into a commanding lead to open the ASP Grade-2 Womens Pro Junior, but was unable to stave off the young Hawaiian. I started off really well and after I got those first two good waves I couldnt find anything else, Robb said All the girls that were surfing out there were such amazing surfers, so you cant really take it away from anyone. Coco is surfing well and shes on fire and its just one of those things
Erickson and Conlogue had solid showings throughout the entire event, but were unable to capitalize in the Final.
The GO211 LIVE feat. the Mens Honda U.S. Open of Surfing pres. by ONeill moved through the Round of 24 today, narrowing it down to the sweet 16 for tomorrows culmination. Todays action saw local standout Timmy Reyes (Huntington Beach, CA) and fellow Californian Nathaniel Curran (Oxnard, CA) dominated the Round of 24, both putting in impressive performances as they moved one step closer to clinching the 2008 Honda U.S. Open title.
Reyes, current No. 14 on the ASP World Tour, finished in first over event standouts Damien Fahrenfort (Durban, ZAF), who advanced in second, and Basque native Hodei Collazo (Basque Country, ESP), by posting a solid heat total of 16.67 out of a possible 20 point score.
I was going to miss this event because the World Tour events are so close together, Reyes said. Its home and youve got to make time for home. Obviously it brings a little bit of stress because you want to perform well in front of your family. Im stoked with how things went today. I was in rhythm and thats what you have to do.
Curran posted the days highest Round of 5 heat total of 17.00 out of 20 points in an action packed heat against Chris Waring (Seal Beach, CA) and Tahitian Michael Bourez (PYF). I knew I had two okay waves and I was just trying to back it up with a bigger score, Curran said. I made it through my heat so Im stoked. Im rated fourth on the WQS right now and this will be a good score for me, so Im super excited.
The final day of GO211 LIVE feat. the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing pres. by ONeill can be seen LIVE at usopenofsurfing.com.
1 Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.34
2 Coco Ho (HAW) 7.90
Semifinals Results (1st advances)
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.10 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.67
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 10.83 def Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 6.83
Quarterfinals (1st advances)
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 15.83 def. Sofia Mulanovich (USA) 13.10
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.00 def. Samantha Cornish (AUS) 1.60
Heat 3: Coco Ho (HAW) 12.00 def. Melanie Bartels (HAW) 8.23
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.67 def. Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 9.17
S-3 Supergirl Pro Junior Results:
1 Coco Ho (HAW) 14.07
2 Nikita Robb (ZAF) 14.00
3 Sage Erickson (USA) 12.26
4 Courtney Conlogue (USA) 9.60
GO211 LIVE feat. the Mens Honda U.S. Open of Surfing pres. by ONeill Results:
Round of 24 (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Tim Reyes (USA) 16.67, Damien Fahrenfort (ZAF) 12.33, Hodei Collazo (ESP) 10.00
Heat 2: Tim Boal (FRA) 15.84, Dusty Payne (HAW) 10.13, Nick Rozsa (USA) 9.94
Heat 3: Brett Simpson (USA) 14.03, Eric Geiselman (USA) 13.00, Chris Davidson (AUS) 5.50
Heat 4: Dane Gudauskas (USA) 12.20, Cory Lopez (USA) 12.13, Adam Melling (AUS) 8.40
Heat 5: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 17.00, Chris Waring (USA) 12.10, Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.33
Heat 6: Torrey Meister (HAW) 10.80, Roy Powers (HAW) 10.67, Kirk Flintoff (AUS) 9.67
Heat 7: Shaun Cansdell (AUS) 13.83, Marlon Lipke (DEU) 12.27, Yuri Sodre (BRA) 6.13
Heat 8: Joan Duru (FRA) 12.67, Gabe Kling (USA) 12.23, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 8.94
|7:30 AM||Men||Round of 16: Heats 1-8 (Man on Man)|
|10:50 AM||Men||Quarterfinals: Heats 1-4 (Man on Man)|
|12:30 PM||Men||Semifinals: Heats 1 & 2|
|1:20 PM||Specialty Event||Corona Stand Up Paddle Surf Challenge|
|2:05 PM||Junior Boys||O'Neill US Open Junior Pro presented by Honda (Final)|
|2:35 PM||Longboard||O'Neill US Open of Longboarding presented by Honda (Final)|
|3:05 PM||Men||Honda Men's US Open of Surfing presented by O'Neill (Final)|
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