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Dunphy, Kino claim Vans Pro QS & Junior

Dunphy, Kino claim Vans Pro QS & Junior
Virginia Beach’s Michael Dunphy © ASP/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

Dunphy and Kino Reign Supreme at Vans Pro

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 August, 2014 -  Virginia Beach, Virginia - Michael Dunphy wins the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 4-Star Vans Pro with Kaito Kino (HAW) taking first place in the ASP 2-star Vans Pro Junior. Today’s action saw competitors raising the bar in high-performance 3-to-4 foot wind swell at 1st Jetty.

Virginia Beach native Michael Dunphy (USA) claimed the Men’s Final in good form, but was not without a challenge. Luke Davis (USA) and Deivid Silva (BRA) also battled for the lead, with non-stop exchanges of long rides and connecting turns all the way to the beach. Silva seemed to have the lead solidified with a huge backside blast that earned him a 7.93 for the single maneuver.

But, as time ticked away, Dunphy found the score he was looking for, tearing apart a long right-hander that dropped in at an 8.57, leaving Davis and Hiroto Arai (JPN) in a combination situation and Silva needing a near-perfect 9.57. After a flurry of waves no one could catch the hometown hero and, as the final horn blew, Dunphy claimed the win in a dramatic fashion.
“I was just really relaxed all week and stayed calm in the Final, knowing that I could win if I got the right waves," said Dunphy. "To win in front of my friends and my family when I’ve been doing this contest for so long, is the best feeling ever. It’s crazy. Last year I was putting so much pressure on myself and I didn’t get the results. So this year I have just been trying to relax and have fun with it and it’s been working. I am just so stoked I don’t even want to leave the beach right now.”
Dunphy is the first Virginia Beach native to win ECSC in 33 years, since Wes Laine won back in 1981. The regular-footer walked away with $15,000 in prize money, 1,000 Qualification Series (QS) points and the pride of a longawaited win on his home turf.
Runner-up Deivid Silva (BRA) had an amazing event and was in form throughout Finals day. Finishing runner-up in this event in 2013, Silva was out for one better all week, but in the end he was left chasing a huge score when time ran out.
Luke Davis (USA), who also held the lead at one point in the Final, will walk away with a solid 3rd-place finish to back up his maiden ASP victory at the 4-Star Surf Open Acapulco back in July. “I wanted to win this event really bad, but if it wasn’t going to be me I would have picked Dunphy,” explained Davis. “He was the in-form surfer all week and was definitely the one to beat.”
Kaito Kino (HAW) took the win in the Vans Pro Junior with a solid 16.67 two-wave total in the Final, scoring a 9.50 on a big right-hander where he blasted three powerful turns out the back. The Hawaiian ripper overtook Cooper Chapman (AUS) with that wave and held the lead until time expired.
“I’m so stoked, that was insane," said Kino. "I just felt in rhythm in the Final and waves kept coming to me. I wasn’t sure how I was doing because I couldn’t hear anything with the wind, but I knew I had one good wave, and then at the end I just heard that I got first. This win brings my confidence up so much and hopefully I can get to the World Junior Championships and do well there.”
This event in Virginia Beach is Kino’s last regional Junior event of his career, and he has made sure to finish with a bang. Without major sponsorship, the Honolulu local will earn a crucial 1,000 points in the Junior Series and some serious momentum going into the World Junior Championships.
Cooper Chapman (AUS) finished just behind Kino in the Junior Final with a solid display of smooth technical surfing. Chapman scored a perfect 10-point ride in the Semi-Final, but couldn’t keep it going in the Final.
“I haven’t really been making that many heats this year on the QS so I came over here and decided to surf the Juniors to get some confidence back up," said Chapman. "Putting up some big scores and making some heats just really helps with building confidence in my surfing. At least now I know that my surfing is still there if I get the right waves, so I look forward to the next couple events.”
Vans Pro Final Results:
Final: Michael Dunphy (USA) 17.50, Deivid Silva (BRA) 15.10, Luke Davis (USA) 13.87, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 12.20
Vans Pro Junior Final Results:
Final: Kaito Kino (HAW) 16.67, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 14.17, Luke Gordon (USA) 10.70, Victor Bernardo (BRA) 5.74
Vans Pro Semifinal Results:
Heat 1: Michael Dunphy (USA) 13.24, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 12.70, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.53, Takumi Yasui (JPN) 10.70

Heat 2: Deivid Silva (BRA) 14.56, Luke Davis (USA) 14.04, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 13.73, Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.67
Vans Pro Junior Semifinal Results:
Heat 1: Victor Bernardo (BRA) 16.00, Luke Gordon (USA) 13.40, Lucca Saldivar (ER) 10.33, Kei Kobayashi (USA) 7.50

Heat 2: Cooper Chapman (AUS) 17.67, Kaito Kino (HAW) 14.13, Parker Coffin (USA) 11.87, Joshua Burke (BRB) 9.50
Vans Pro Quarterfinal Results:
Heat 1: Michael Dunphy (USA) 16.00, Takumi Yasui (JPN) 12.03, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 9.90, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 9.80

Heat 2: Hiroto Arai (JPN) 16.26, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 15.14, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 14.13, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 13.37

Heat 3: Keanu Asing (HAW) 16.93, Deivid Silva (BRA) 14.93, Seth Moniz (HAW) 8.77, Shun Murakami (JPN) 4.54

Heat 4: Luke Davis (USA) 14.67, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 13.00, Eric Geiselman (USA) 11.83, Raphael Seixas (BRA) 9.37

Brian Robbins

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