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Vans Pro Junior comp kicks off in Virginia Beach

Hiroto Arai © Aleks Abad




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

Japanese standout Hiroto Arai posted high scores on Day 1

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 August, 2014 - Virginia Beach, Virginia - Day 2 of the Association of Professional Surfing (ASP) Vans Pro Junior was called ON today to complete Round 1 in its entirety and progress through two heats of Round 2. Virginia Beach saw small, but clean 1-2 foot surf with workable corners rolling through during the morning low tide.  

The performer of the day went to Hiroto Arai (JPN) who put on a show in Heat 4 of Round 1. Arai racked up an impressive 14.33 heat total, which was the highest of the day, while also pocketing the day’s highest single wave score of an 8.33.
“I’m from Yokohama, Japan and I surf in Chiba most of the time where the waves can be pretty similar to here, so I’m comfortable in these conditions.” Said Arai, “I just came from France and my boards are still in Paris so I had to borrow a board from a friend. It was tough, but pretty fun when the sets came. I was happy to advance with the waves I caught.”
Another standout from today’s competition was Kei Kobayashi (USA), whose small frame worked in his favor given the day’s conditions. The San Clemente native took first in two heats today, both in Round 1 and Round 2, putting together the second highest heat score just behind Arai with a 14.00 two-wave total in his Round 1 heat.
“It’s pretty hard because everyone rips so it just came down to who got the best waves, and luckily I got two good waves.” said Kobayashi, “The heat went flat for a while and I thought we might restart, but then I got a wave with about 13 minutes to go. My board is feeling really good though thanks to Matt (Biolos) so I feel like it’s mostly the board doing all the work not me.”
Kobayashi is coming of a recent contest win in the Outer Banks (North Carolina) and seems to be in a good rhythm here on the East Coast, making the Californian one to watch throughout this event.
Victor Bernardo (BRA) also showed he could get to work in small conditions, taking a heat win in Heat 3 of Round 1. This is the regular-footer’s first time to Virginia Beach, but he showed no signs of unfamiliarity as he tore apart most every wave he stood up on.
“I have never been to Virginia before, so this is my first time here,” Bernardo said. “I knew it’d be small, but I didn’t worry about it. I am out in all conditions so I knew I just wanted to catch waves and do as many turns as possible. It’s supposed to pick up so I am happy I made the heat and am into the next round.”
There were no heats run today of the Vans Pro. A slight increase in swell is expected overnight due to an onshore flow of wind giving opportunity for a possible 8:30 a.m. (EST) start tomorrow morning. The Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior will be webcast LIVE all week long beginning Monday August 18th via and
Vans Pro Junior Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Kei Kobayashi (USA) 14.00, Dane Mackie (BRB) 5.87, Marley Puglelli, James Hogan
Heat 2: Paul Cesar Distingui (FRA) 11.60, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 8.14, Will Reid , Nate Dorman 
Heat 3: Victor Bernardo (BRA) 13.57, Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 12.77, Che Allan Matt Passaquindici
Heat 4: Hiroto Arai (JPN) 14.33, Luan Wood (BRA) 8.00, Elijah Gates (HAW) 6.93, Spencer Bridges 
Vans Pro Junior Round 2 Results:

Heat 1: Kei Kobayashi (JPN) 12.00, Cobie Gittner (USA) 7.43, Joshua Moniz  Luke Shepardson
Heat 2: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 6.10, Kadin Panesi (USA) 4.83, Kualana Apo ( Tristan Thompson
Remaining Round 2 Match Ups:

Heat 3: Daniel Glenn (USA), Colin Moran (USA), Lucca Saldivar (PER), Paul Cesar Distingui
Heat 4: Noah Shweizer (USA), Pat Schmidt (USA), Tyler Gunter (USA), Quentin Turko (USA)
Heat 5: Kalani David (HAW), Robbie Merrell (USA), Isiah Moniz (HAW), Victor Bernardo (BRA)
Heat 6: Miguel Tudela (PER), Brogie Panesi (USA), Luke Gordon (USA), Eala Stewart (HAW)
Heat 7: Cam Richards (USA), Imalkalani Devault (HAW), Taylor Mathiesen (USA), Hiroto Arai 
Heat 8: Colt Ward (USA), Jake Marshall (USA), Jake Davis (USA), Nolan Rapoza (USA)
Heat 9: Jake Halstead (USA), Derek Gomes (VEN), Ulualoha Napeahi (HAW), Dane Mackle 
Heat 10: Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Jonah Carter (USA), Brandon Manguso (USA), Noa Mizuno
Heat 11: Taylor Clark (USA), Kaito Kino (HAW), Lucca Mesinas (PER), Cooper Chapman
Heat 12: Knox Harris (USA), Luke Marks (USA), Myles Laine-Toner (USA), Stevie Pittman 
Heat 13: Seth Moniz (HAW), Eros Exarhou (USA), Addison Miles (USA), Takumi Nakamura 
Heat 14: Nic Hdez (USA), Makai McNamara (HAW), Alonso Correa (PER), Charlie Fawcett 
Heat 15: Parker Coffin (USA), Joshua Burke (BRB), Matthew Glenn (USA), Luan Wood 
Heat 16: Noe Mar (CRI), Kevin Shulz (USA), Danny Berk (USA), Tomas Tudela (PER)


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