Shoe City Pro
World Surf League QS1000
Huntington Beach, California
12 - 14 January 2016
Moana Jones posts highest single-wave score for the day
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 January, 2016 - Huntington Beach - The World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) Shoe City Pro QS1000 opened Day 2 with the start of the Women’s competition in beautiful four-to-six foot, clean conditions.
Winter swell delivered for a second day in a row on the Southside of the Huntington Beach Pier. Immediately following Women’s Round 1, the Men’s competition resumed with numerous excellent scores posted. Round 2 was completed as well as Round 3 to end the day - setting up the Quarterfinal draws for the Women and Round 4 for the Men.
Moana Jones (HAW) came to Huntington Beach looking for a dream start to her QS campaign but was nearly forced to withdrawal due to illness. Despite limited pre-event surfing, Jones was able to find a great rhythm and post the highest single-wave score, 7.67 out of a possible 10, and heat total with an impressive 15.04, out of a possible 20.
“It felt really good to get some momentum going into tomorrow and post those two scores,” Jones said. “I got sick last night so I wasn’t sure I was even going to do the contest but felt a lot better this morning and I’m happy to get the first heat out of the way. I didn’t really surf since I got here two days ago and just haven’t been feeling well so that heat was my first real surf.”
With the win, Jones is set for a Quarterfinal match-up against a stacked heat of Tia Blanco (USA), Maddie Peterson (USA), and Frankie Harrer (DEU).
“It was fun out there and getting that last wave on my fronthand for what ended up being my highest score felt great,” Jones added. “That wave just kept going and let me keep snapping into it and put a finishing touch at the end. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully we keep getting some fun waves for the last day.”
Matching up against Jones in the Quarterfinals, Tia Blanco (USA) had her own phenomenal start to the Shoe City Pro. Posting a 14.67 heat total, Blanco looked in-form following her success competing at the World Junior Championships last week and is ready to get a fresh year underway.
“I feel like I’m surfing pretty well and just trying to focus on myself in my own little bubble,” Blanco said. “It felt really good, prior to this heat I was a little nervous because I didn’t see too many opportunities but some good sets just came right to me. Since it’s such a short event it’d be amazing to get into the Finals tomorrow and come out of here with a win, but I really just have stay focused on the next heat, the girls here are so talented and every heat is going to be a challenge.”
Following an exciting morning of Women’s competition, the Men finished off Round 2 in great conditions that offered critical sections to earn excellent scores on. In the most electrifying heat of the day coming at the end of Round 2, Pat Gudauskas (USA) and Colt Ward (USA) went wave for wave until the final minute with Gudauskas coming out on top - finding an 8.93 to regain the lead with a 17.76 heat total over Ward’s 17.10, who earned an 8.77 and 8.33.
“It was so fun and heats like that are what I did this event for,” Gudauskas said. “Colt was ripping and those types of battles are great to get you back into the competitive mindset - especially with it being the first contest of the year. As long as the waves are fun it’s going to be a great day and I love putting up great heats like that. I want to come away with this one, that’s my main goal.”
Continuing to find success later in the day, Gudauskas had the field in a combination situation, meaning each surfer had to earn two new scores to overcome the difference. Enjoying his first event back in a jersey, Gudauskas had to surf in both ideal morning conditions and signature afternoon Huntington Beach winds.
“It was such a good day, it’s always fun when you get to surf double heats even though it’s was challenging being a pretty low tide for the end of the day,” Gudauskas added. “Felt like I rode two waves for 500 yards and then had to paddle all the way back out after the run around which is always fun. Just looking at the heat draws I thought each of my heats today were going to be really tough. But, those waves I got in the last heat were really fun even with the change in conditions, I would’ve been out surfing it if there wasn’t a contest so it was just a great day to be in the water.”
Making it past Round 3 for the first time in his QS career, Lucca Mesinas (PER) was overjoyed when he came out of the water and found himself into Round 4. But, it was his Round 2 performance, earning a 16.10 heat total with an excellent 8.67 single-wave score, that set the stage for advancing on.
“It’s pretty great to have a good performance for the first competition of the year,” Mesinas said. “The conditions were amazing in the morning for my first heat but it got more difficult late in the day. There were some good waves still out there but you really had to find them and capitalize on it by giving the turns a lot of power and find that inside connection. I was happy to find a few waves that allowed me to do that.”
“This is my first QS that I’ve made more than two heats so that’s amazing to me,” Mesinas added. “I would always make the first one and lose the second but I’ve been training a lot to prepare for this event and it feels great to make it through to tomorrow.”
After winning his Round 2 heat in yesterday's more turbulent conditions, Derek Peters (USA) returned to the water this afternoon with plenty of talent around him and won his second heat of the event. Earning his place into Round 4, the Huntington Beach local is ready for what tomorrow has in store to finish the competition strong.
"Both of my heats between today and yesterday just started deteriorating either the heat prior or during the heat, but I surf windy conditions all the time here at home so I feel a little less confused on where to be in the lineup than maybe some of the guys from out of town," Peters said. "It’s hard to hear with the wind and you have to kind of judge it yourself, but I knew it was a good score and stoked to get two really good waves out there. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow morning and getting some of the glassy conditions that have been coming through. I’m psyched to be at home, sleep in my own bed and really get set for tomorrow."
With another exciting day of high-performance surfing completed, the Shoe City Pro will crown its respective champions tomorrow. Look for live scoring at www.worldsurfleague.com and see who will win the inaugural Women’s title, and replace Kolohe Andino (USA) as Men’s champion.
UPCOMING MEN’S SHOE CITY PRO ROUND 4 MATCHUPS:
Heat 1: Quinn McCrystal (USA), Olamana Eleogram (HAW), Brett Simpson (USA), Nathan Yeomans (USA)
Heat 2: Derek Peters (USA), Kilian Garland (USA), Dylan Goodale (HAW), Keijiro Nishi (JPN)
Heat 3: Chris Waring (USA), Lucca Mesinas (PER), Cory Arrambide (USA), Teddy Navarro (USA)
Heat 4: Yuri Goncalves (BRA), Victor Mendes (BRA), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Kekoa Cazimero (HAW)
UPCOMING WOMEN’S SHOE CITY PRO QUARTERFINALS:
Heat 1: Maud Le Car (FRA), Alexxa Elseewi (USA), Malia Ward (USA), Reika Noro (JPN)
Heat 2: Meah Collins (USA), Sara Taylor (USA), Chelsea Roett (BRB), Kayla Durden (USA)
Heat 3: Tia Blanco (USA), Maddie Peterson (USA), Moana Jones (HAW), Frankie Harrer (DEU)
Heat 4: Shelby Detmers (USA), Tiare Thompson (USA), Kirra Pinkerton (USA), Mainei Kinimaka (HAW)
MEN’S SHOE CITY PRO ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Quinn McCrystal (USA) 14.50, Kilian Garland (USA) 12.00, Cole Houshmand (USA) 9.27, Remy Juboori (USA) 8.00
Heat 2: Brett Simpson (USA) 13.67, Keijiro Nishi (JPN) 12.93, Nolan Rapoza (USA) 12.44, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 10.14
Heat 3: Derek Peters (USA) 15.27, Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 13.90, Cody Young (HAW) 12.43, Kei Kobayashi (USA) 11.87
Heat 5: Chris Waring (USA) 13.63, Victor Mendes (BRA) 12.86, Diego Mignot (FRA) 11.24, Johnny Noris (USA) 9.87
Heat 6: Cory Arrambide (USA) 14.74, Kekoa Cazimero (HAW) 13.87, Brad Ettinger (USA) 11.63, Taylor Clark (USA) 8.43
Heat 7: Yuri Goncalves (BRA) 15.14, Lucca Mesinas (PER) 13.17, Ian Crane (USA) 12.94, Colt Ward (USA) 12.57
Heat 8: Pat Gudauskas (USA) 15.43, Teddy Navarro (USA) 9.80, Manuel Selman (CHL) 8.90, Colin Moran (USA) 8.46
REMAINING MEN’S SHOE CITY PRO ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 9: Chris Waring (USA) 13.43, Brad Ettinger (USA) 11.76, Andrew Niemann (USA) 9.57, Jeff Knell (USA) 8.50
Heat 10: Diego Mignot (FRA) 16.40, Taylor Clark (USA) 16.17, John Mel (USA) 12.40, Tyler Thornsley (USA) 7.07
Heat 11: Cory Arrambide (USA) 13.43, Victor Mendes (BRA) 13.10, Matt Passaquindici (USA) 9.20, Shaun Burns (USA) 8.97
Heat 12: Kekoa Cazimero (HAW) 13.03, Johnny Noris (USA) 11.67, Ben Coffey (USA) 10.13, Kainoa Haas (HAW) 5.70
Heat 13: Ian Crane (USA) 15.23, Colin Moran (USA) 13.77, Braden Jones (USA) 9.03, Noah Collins (USA) 6.64
Heat 14: Lucca Mesinas (PER) 16.10, Manuel Selman (CHL) 11.23, Jeremy Carter (USA) 11.17, Andrew Jacobson (USA) 11.13
Heat 15: Teddy Navarro (USA) 12.84, Yuri Goncalves (BRA) 12.27, Micky Clarke (USA) 10.83, Jason Torres (CRI) 10.73
Heat 16: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 17.76, Colt Ward (USA) 17.10, Macy Mullen (HAW) 10.77, Ryland Rubens (USA) 10.60
WOMEN’S SHOE CITY PRO ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Maud Le Car (FRA) 9.10, Sara Taylor (USA) 7.84, Natalie Anzivino (USA) 7.14, Keala Kennelly (HAW) 6.36
Heat 2: Malia Ward (USA) 5.17, Kayla Durden (USA) 4.53, Malia Osterkamp (USA) 4.00, Malia Faramarzi (USA) 2.90
Heat 3: Meah Collins (USA) 11.16, Alexxa Elseewi (USA) 8.00, Kloee Openshaw (USA) 5.43, Brooke Daigneault (USA) 2.57
Heat 4: Chelsea Roett (BRB) 6.50, Reika Noro (JPN) 5.84, Autumn Hays (USA) 5.76, Nicole Fulford (USA) 2.13
Heat 5: Tia Blanco (USA) 14.67, Tiare Thompson (USA) 9.23, Alyssa Spencer (USA) 6.93, Olivia Lachenauer (USA) 0.83
Heat 6: Moana Jones (HAW) 15.04, Mainei Kinimaka (HAW) 11.27, Kayla Coscino (USA) 2.90, Lea Taylor (USA) 1.90
Heat 7: Shelby Detmers (USA) 10.67, Maddie Peterson (USA) 8.77, Brittany Penaroz (USA) 8.40, Jordyn Barratt (USA) 7.10
Heat 8: Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 8.93, Frankie Harrer (USA) 8.43, Anastasia Ashely (USA) 6.20, Molly Kirk (USA) 4.70