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Vans Pro flares in less-than-stellar surf

Vans Pro Takes the Stage in Challenging Conditions
Virginia Beach's Phillip Goold © John Ferguson




2014 Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Champs 

ASP 4-Star  Men's Event
ASP 2-Star Men's Pro Junior Event
Virginia Beach, Virginia 
17 - 24 August 2014

Vans Pro Takes the Stage in Challenging Conditions

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 August, 2014 - Virginia Beach, Virginia - The Association of Professional Surfing (ASP) 4-Star Vans Pro was called ON today in small, but contestable 1-2 ft. surf. All sixteen heats of Round 2 were completed as competitors made the best out of the day’s conditions. 

The standout surfer of the day was Florida’s Cody Thompson (USA) who managed to draw powerful turns from the otherwise weak waves. Thompson scored the day’s highest single wave score of a 9.00 only to back it up with similar 8.83, comprising the day’s highest heat score of a 17.83 total.

“I’ve been watching it pretty closely and I was a little worried about the conditions this morning, but luckily there was a little window during our heat where the tide dropped just enough for a few opportunities," said Thompson. "Hopefully it keeps getting better, but I am stoked to get a couple waves. I haven’t surfed in two weeks because it’s been so flat on the East Coast.”

Last year Thompson took 1st at the inaugural ASP 4-Star Rip Curl Pro Puerto Rico, which was his first Qualification Series (QS) win, and looks to get back on the podium for the first time in 2014 in Virginia Beach.

Another surfer who made a solid showing was Killian Garland (USA) who took 1st in Heat 10 of Round 2. The California native put together two impressive scores of an 8.00 and a 7.17, making a two-wave total of 15.17 points; one of the day’s higher heat scores. Garland showed no signs of adversity in the small conditions and can look to carry this momentum on to Round 3.

“I sat for a bit just trying to wait for a good one, and then a decent sized right came through where I was able to put together a couple snaps," said Garland. "After that I waited even longer and got my 8.00 right at the end of the heat. I’ve been doing a couple QS events here and there and I’m just fired up to compete right now.”

Jonah Carter (USA) also put on a display of small-wave expertise in Heat 14 of Round 2 where he dropped an impressive 8.33 on a long right-hander. The tough conditions at the end of the day didn’t stop the regular-footer from connecting a few solid rides to advance with not only a heat win, but also one of the higher single-wave scores of the day.

“The way the judging has been today it seems like if you get two or three good turns you’re going to get into the excellent range, so I just kept that in mind and hoped for the best," said Carter. "My board feels good too, it’s a Mayhem epoxy and it’s been giving me that extra bit of energy that you need out there. I’m really stoked to get through.”

The Vans Pro Junior did not run any heats today.

Vans Pro Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Love Hodel (HAW) 6.83, Makai McNamara (HAW) 4.07, Luke Shepardson (HAW) 3.50, Jake Marshall (USA) 2.87

Heat 2: Lucca Mesinas (PER) 13.83, Kaishu Tanaka (JPN) 12.20, Lucca Saldivar (PER) 7.50, Jake Halstead (USA) 5.33

Heat 3: Cody Thompson (USA) 17.83, Austin Ware (USA) 14.13, Knox Harris (USA) 12.37, Eros Exarhou (USA) 10.16

Heat 4: Jake Davis (USA) 10.60, Kevin Sullivan (HAW) 9.66, Kaito Kino (HAW) 9.24, Alan Donato (BRA) 8.16

Heat 5: Tristan Guilbad (FRA) 13.43, Yago Dora (BRA) 11.73, Caetano Vargas (BRA) 10.93, Noah Schweizer (USA) 9.04

Heat 6: Brogie Panesi (USA) 8.40, Balaram Stack (USA) 8.17, Tristan Thompson (USA) 7.30, Kan Watanabe (JPN) 5.94

Heat 7: Takumi Yasui (JPN) 12.70, Daniel Glenn (USA) 12.06, Jeremy Johnston (USA) 9.00, Tyler Newton (USA) 4.10

Heat 8: Nils Schweizer (USA) 9.80, Paul Cesar Distingui (FRA) 8.87, Gabriel Farias (USA) 8.82, Kaisa Kawamura (JPN) 7.43

Heat 9: Taylor Clark (USA) 12.50, Cam Richards (USA) 12.03, Derek Gomes (VEN) 9.17, Kevin Schulz (USA) 5.63

Heat 10: Killian Garland (USA) 15.17, Chris Foster (HAW) 10.63, Kei Kobayashi (USA) 8.96, Nobuyuki Osawa (JPN) 7.47

Heat 11: Raphael Seixas (BRA) 12.96, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 9.74, Tomas Tudela (PER) 9.63, Taylor Mathiesen (USA) 6.77

Heat 12: Victor Bernardo (BRA) 12.46, Joshua Burke (BRB) 12.23, Victor Done (USA) 10.43, Alonso Correa (PER) 6.83

Heat 13: Seth Moniz (HAW) 11.43, Bruce Mackie (USA) 8.67, Reo Inaba (JPN) 7.27, Kekoa Cazimero (HAW) 6.97

Heat 14: Jonah Carter (USA) 14.00, Asher Nolan (USA) 8.00, Sidney Guimaraes (BRA) 4.14, Imaikalani Devault (HAW) 2.13

Heat 15: Luan Wood (BRA) 13.50, Rob Kelly (USA) 10.87, Kylen Yamakawa (HAW) 6.97, Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 2.26

Heat 16: Phillip Goold (USA) 16.50, Ian Crane (USA) 9.24, Johnny Noris (USA) 5.60, Colin Moran (USA) 3.14

Brian Robbins

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