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Schweizer's form continues as top seeds debut at Vans Pro

 New Smyrna native Noah Schweizer (USA) posted the highest heat score for the second day in a row at the 2015 Vans Pro. Image: WSL / Ferguson
New Smyrna native Noah Schweizer © WSL/Ferguson




Vans Pro  
Vans Pro Junior

WSL QS3000
WSL Pro Junior
1st Street Jetty, Virginia Beach Virginia
17 - 23 August 2015

Noah Schweizer posted a contest high of 17.30 total heat score

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 August, 2015 - Virginia Beach - The World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Qualification Series (QS) Vans Pro QS3000 event continued on today in one-to-three foot swell as the lower seeds continued to showcase some high-performance surfing in the midst of heavy-hitters making their debuts. While nearly all of top seeds advanced to the Round of 32, it was not made easy on them by the talents of grinding young guns.

Noah Schweizer (USA) blasted through another heat, topping his own excellent 17.04 heat total with a contest-high 17.30 total. Posting an 8.87 and 8.43, the Floridian continued to pounce at opportunities given to him – holding no reserve as he picked apart the 1st Street Jetty lineup. With a steady board under his feet, he is looking strong heading into the back half of the event.
“It feels really good to keep getting those scores,” Schweizer said. “Some waves came my way and I was able to get some good turns in and get to the inside. I’m riding a Hydroplex epoxy and it’s really helping me stay on top of the water to make the most of these waves. I just have to keep trying to post these kinds of scores and focus on the heat at hand – hopefully the waves keep coming my way.”
Schweizer has his mind in the right place and will use tomorrow’s Vans Pro Junior to continue his winning form. Joined by his brother Nils Schweizer (USA), who’s also advanced through today’s heats with a last second ride, the two have found the recipe of success.
“I’m with my brother so we’re able to relax together and it helps keep my mind easy-going,” Schweizer said. “We sit back and listen to music, try not to get too excited, and that helps keeps us in the moment. With the break from the Men’s I’m going to surf my Junior’s heat and afterwards maybe get away from the contest area for a bit to relax some more.”
Posting a massive heat total of 17.17, Rafael Pereira (VEN) looked unstoppable in his Round 4 heat. Receiving plenty of waves despite the outgoing tide, the Venezuelan posted two excellent scores. With the win, Pereira is now into Round 5 in his first appearance at the Vans Pro on the shores of Virginia Beach, VA.
“I’m really stoked to get some good waves and make it through to the next round,” Pereira said. “You just have to take it slow and keep taking it heat by heat out there – I’m going to give it my best for Venezuela. It’s my first time here and I’m really enjoying the event. There’s so much going on and it’s really cool to see everything.”
Though it’s his first time here, Pereira knows what he has to do at the 1st Street Jetty with the grade of talent that surrounds him. With fellow countrymen Francisco Bellorin  (VEN)eliminated, he’s now the lone surfer from Venezuela, but is confident in his abilities to succeed.
“Going forward I have to stay focused and really go after it,” Pereira said. “I’m stoked to be around so many good surfers and it makes me surf that much better. They are bringing out the best in me and that’s what it’s going to take in order to make it far in this contest.”
Feeling right at home away from his native country of Japan, Hiroto Arai (JPN) cranked a contest-high, single-wave score of 9.23 in the smaller afternoon conditions. Arai found a diamond in the rough on his backhand and connected multiple times until nearly dry-docking on the sand. With tomorrow’s Men’s event on hold, the Japanese surfer will also use the Vans Pro Junior heats to stay sharp before enjoying time to himself.
“It was pretty fun out there and was a lot like my homebreak,” Arai said. “It was peaky but when I found that left bowl and I tried to put in a lot of good hits – when I got that nine I was so stoked. It was a mid-size set wave, nothing too big, and it doubled up perfect for me. I’m just going to relax tomorrow and prepare for the next heat mentally – try spend some time away from the site after my Junior’s heats.”

Doc Taylor/Tautog’s Trials winner Jairo Perez (CRI) is making every heat count at the Vans Pro, taking a win in Round 4 and feeling comfortable out in the water. Gaining confidence with each wave, the Costa Rican native is humbled by the opportunity to be in this event and wants to go toe-to-toe with the world’s best.
“I’m so stoked to finally make it into this event after I’ve tried and not succeeded in the last few years,” Perez said. “I just want to keep trying to make more heats and even a shot at the finals – everyone wants it just as bad but I’ll give it my best. Anything can happen in these conditions, you just have to be sitting in the right spot and hopefully you get a wave that comes your way. I was really comfortable after scoring my eight – especially in these tougher conditions, so I’m stoked and just thank God for everything.”
The Vans Pro Men’s QS3000 event will be On Stand-By tomorrow, as the Vans Pro Junior will take to the water. There is an official 7:00am Call for a possible 7:30am Start.

Vans Pro Men’s Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 16.77, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 14.23, Halley Batista (BRA) 11.16, Arashi Kato (JPN) 10.23

Heat 2: Luel Felipe (BRA) 10.90, Tomas King (CRI) 10.83, Jake Kelley (USA) 9.37, Parker Coffin (USA) 6.28

Heat 3: Oney Anwar (IDN) 12.57, Brian Toth (PRI) 10.63, Manuel Selman (CHL) 10.06, Alan Donato (BRA) 8.47

Heat 4: Shun Murakami (JPN) 11.93, Kei Kobayashi (USA) 11.70, Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 9.87, Kaisa Kawamura (JPN) 7.17

Heat 5: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.13, Matthew Zaccaria (USA) 10.77, Rafael Texeira (BRA) 10.20, Lucca Saldivar Alvarez-Calderon (PER) 7.17

Heat 6: Derek Peters (USA) 14.17, Conner Coffin (USA) 13.76, Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 13.66, Taylor Clark (USA) 9.53

Heat 7: Rafael Pereira (VEN) 17.17, Cory Arrambide (USA) 12.87, Michael February (ZAF) 11.77, Evan Thompson (USA) 10.53

Heat 8: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 12.37, Dylan Graves (PRI) 12.10, Kevin Schulz (USA) 12.00, Cody Thompson (USA) 11.90

Heat 9: Michael Dunphy (USA) 14.50, Matt Passaquindici (USA) 9.10, Dylan Goodale (HAW) 9.00, Shaun Burns (USA) 8.30

Heat 10: Colin Moran (USA) 13.10, Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 12.33, Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 10.76, Nic Hdez (USA) 8.16

Heat 11: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 11.90, Matheus Navarro (BRA) 11.23, Aaron Cormican (USA) 10.13, Cam Richards (USA) 9.30

Heat 12: Noah Schweizer (USA) 17.30, Seth Moniz (HAW) 13.47, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 12.26, Yujiro Tsuji (JPN) 4.34

Heat 13: Jairo Perez (CRI) 14.00, Tim Reyes (USA) 12.57, Kilian Garland (USA) 9.80, Francisco Bellorin (VEN) 8.04

Heat 14: Evan Geiselman (USA) 13.27, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 11.76, Wallace Junior (BRA) 9.43, Kaito Kino (HAW) 8.50

Heat 15: Hiroto Arai (JPN) 16.90, Nils Schweizer (USA) 12.20, Fisher Heverly (USA) 11.56, Kalani David (HAW) 8.54

Heat 16: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 12.20, Kevin Sullivan (HAW) 11.10, Daniel Glenn (USA) 9.97, Ryan Briggs (USA) 7.94
Vans Pro Men’s Round 3 Results:
Heat 7: Rafael Pereira (VEN) 14.50, Kevin Schulz (USA) 9.94, Yago Dora (BRA) 9.23, Quinn McCrystal (USA) 8.33

Heat 8: Cody Thompson (USA) 14.33, Evan Thompson (USA) 13.07, Ian Crane (USA) 12.87, Wesley Santos (BRA) 7.27

Heat 9: Matt Passaquindici (USA) 9.94, Colin Moran (USA) 8.00, Hobie Sears (USA) 6.43, Josh Burke (BRB) 3.90

Heat 10: Nic Hdez (USA) 12.10, Shaun Burns (USA) 9.56, Rob Kelly (USA) 9.23, Knox Harris (USA) 8.10

Heat 11: Cam Richards (USA) 13.63, Noah Schweizer (USA) 13.33, Ian Gentil (HAW) 10.73, Trever Challenor (USA) 7.54

Heat 12: Yujiro Tsuji (JPN) 11.00, Aaron Cormican (USA) 9.20, Jake Davis (USA) 7.90, Tomas Tudela (PER) 5.47

Heat 13: Kilian Garland (USA) 13.27, Wallace Junior (BRA) 8.96, Balaram Stack (USA) 8.83, Wil Reid (USA) 7.90

Heat 14: Kino Kaito (HAW) 12.20, Jairo Perez (CRI) 11.07, Jordy Collins (USA) 10.57, Noa Mizuno (HAW) 9.37

Heat 15:  Fisher Heverly (USA) 12.27, Daniel Glenn (USA) 9.07, Gabriel Farias (BRA) 8.84, Keoni Yan (HAW) 2.60

Heat 16: Ryan Briggs (USA) 11.14, Nils Schweizer (USA) 8.76, Marley Puglielli (PRI) 8.60, Nicolas Guajardo (CHL) 7.17
Vans Pro Junior Men’s Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Eithan Osborne (USA) 15.77, Shane Borland (USA) 8.20, Sebastian Mendes (USA) 7.80, Nicholas Ramirez (MEX) 3.03

Heat 2: Luan Wood (BRA) 14.54, Wallace Junior (BRA) 11.97, Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 10.69, Douglas Silva (BRA) 7.87

Heat 3: Gabriel Farias (BRA) 13.00, Yago Dora (BRA) 12.93, Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 11.44, Parker Sawyer (USA) 5.77

Heat 4: Victor Mendes (BRA) 14.10, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 13.77, Wesley Santos (BRA) 10.67, Juninho Urcia (BRA) 6.70

Brian Robbins

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