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World's best women surfers ignite Vans US Open of Surfing

Courtney Conlogue © WSL




Vans US Open of Surfing

WSL QS10000 Men's Event
WSL Women's Championship Tour Event
WSL JQS Men's Event
WSL JQS Women's Event
The Pier, Huntington Beach California
25 July - 2 August 2015

Men's QS event wraps up Round one of competition

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 July, 2015 -  Stop No. 6 on the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League Women’s Championship Tour kicked off today with Round 1 following action from the Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 event, which completed the remaining heats of Round 1 in three-to -four foot surf at the Vans US Open of Surfing. 

The world’s best female surfers took on the high-performance beach breaks of Huntington Beach Pier to battle for a pass directly into Round 3.

It was an afternoon of upsets with defending event winner Tyler Wright (AUS), Jeep ratings leader Carissa Moore (HAW) and world no. 3 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) all being sent to elimination Round 2 at the hands of Malia Manuel (HAW), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) and Johanne Defay (FRA) respectively. Wright, Moore and Fitzgibbons will surf again tomorrow and battle to avoid an early exit.

Manuel took full advantage of the tough afternoon conditions and posted a 7.17 to take the lead and never looked back. The Hawaiian kept busy through the match-up and went on to back up her score with a 5.83 to take the win over Dimity Stoyle (AUS) and Wright. 

“Every heat will be difficult no matter who you’re surfing against -- especially in these challenging conditions,” Manuel said. “It’s fun but pretty tough out there, I was just hunting for a backup score the whole time. It’s fun to be back and I always love being here in Huntington. I have really good boards and equipment which is great for building my confidence here.” 

Adding to the upsets Van Dijk took down the two-time event winner Moore with her final wave, a 6.73, to steal a narrow victory in Heat 3. The Australian looked strong and in control throughout the heat, finally earning the score she required in the dying seconds. 

Malia Manuel © WSL/Rowland


“I was pretty composed the whole heat,” Van Dijk said. “I knew that if there was a wave that opened up I’d be able to get the score and I was so lucky at the end that I did. Once I got moving and caught some waves I felt really good out there. I had priority at the end so I knew if a wave came through I could just go for it and unload only needing a 6-something.” 

Posting a Round 1 high of 9.27 an in-form Johanne Defay had her competitors in a combination situation within the first ten minutes and showed no intention of losing her lead. The victory marks the first time Defay has beaten Fitzgibbons on the CT and her convincing wins earns her a direct pass to Round 3.

“Starting good is pretty important for the confidence,” said Defay. “It was really good to be at home for a while before this event and away from all the craziness but it’s great to be here and see all the people cheering for us. I think it’s the first time I’ve beaten Sally (Fitzgibbons) on the CT so I’m pretty stoked. She’s one of the best female surfers so it’s definitely a confidence booster.”

No. 2 on the Jeep Leaderboard and Huntington Beach local Courtney Conlogue (USA) also sailed through her Round 1 heat against injury wildcard Keely Andrew (AUS) and Silvana Lima (BRA) with two seven-point rides.

“I love coming here, it’s my back yard,” said Conlogue. “I’ve grown up with it and having the home crowd cheering for you really helps. I’m feeling pretty good. I was out of the water for about 8 weeks before the Supergirl Pro so I used it as a chance to warm up.”

The Vans US Open of Surfing also marks the fourth of nine men’s QS 10,000 events on this season’s calendar and earlier in the day competition ran through Heats 13 - 24 of the men’s contest, completing Round 1. 

Nikki van Dijk © Rowland/WSL


Federico Morais (PRT) earned a massive 9.03 and contest-high heat total of 16.86 en route to topping CT surfer Adrian Buchan (AUS), who advanced in the second position. Morais blasted an air and found the reform that left judges nowhere else to turn except in the excellent range. 

“I already had two alright scores with a 7.83 and a 6,” Morais said. “Surfing against those guys you always need a really high score to win the heat or secure second. I knew a big air would give me a good score and finish it with a rebound on the inside.”

Morais knows that nothing except his very best will see him through later heats coming up against top seeds, though he seems more than ready for the challenge. 

“It was a good air and I just gave everything I had on that section,” Morais said. “When you’re in the US Open these top guys make you give more and more. That’s what I need to compete here and it worked out for the best.” 

Kolohoe Andino (USA) posted the highest single-wave score of the contest so far, an excellent 9.60, for two huge turns in critical sections adding to his 6.50 and leaving the field in a combination within the first ten minutes. Andino is keen for a strong result at Huntington Beach after a disappointing start to the CT this season.

“I’m here to try and get a result,” Andino said. “My year on tour hasn’t gone as planned so I’m doing everything in my power to get back in form. I was lucky that one came through because it was pretty bumpy out there, but that one was clean and able to hit it as hard as I wanted to. My board feels great under my feet so I’m super stoked.” 

Filipe Toledo © WSL/Rowland


Defending event winner and no. 4 on the Jeep Leaderboard Filipe Toledo (BRA) came out strong in the opening heat of the day, going to the air on his second wave. Toledo clearly feels at home in the high-performance Huntington Beach conditions and has his family in attendance at the event. 

“I was really confident out there,” Toledo said. “It’s pretty fun in the warm water with some good, clean waves and my board was working really well in this size. It’s a similar board I rode at Snapper just with a squash-tail and is great in these conditions. There’s a lot of heats to go through so I’m just going to enjoy my time here with my family because after this it’s the last half of the tour coming up.”

Competition will continue tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. with Women's Rounds 2 and 3 followed by Men's Round 2, Heats 1 - 6.

The Vans US Open of Surfing runs from July 25 through August 2, 2015 and is webcast LIVE via and

Each year, the Vans US Open of Surfing features the best in the world tearing up the storied break at Huntington Beach. Along with competitions for skate and BMX and dozens of on-site sponsors, the nine-day festival features four separate surf contests, including Junior Tour contests for men and women, a high-stakes men's Qualifying Series battle, and a women's Championship Tour contest for the Top 17. With so much to see, get a glimpse of some of the standouts from 2014, and ones to watch for the year ahead.



Women’s Round 1 Results: 

Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.50, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 8.37, Tyler Wright (AUS) 6.00
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.50 , Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.50, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 7.17
Heat 3: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)13.50 , Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.87, Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 10.93
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.50, Keely Andrew (AUS) 13.33, Silvana Lima (BRA) 8.50
Heat 5: Johanne Defay (FRA) 17.44, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.40, Sage Erickson (USA) 10.03
Heat 6: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 14.43, Laura Enever (AUS) 9.10, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 7.83

Women’s Round 2 Match-Ups: 

Heat 1: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) vs. Dimity Stoyle (AUS)
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Chelsea Tuach (BRB)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 5: Lakey Peterson (USA) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6: Silvana Lima (BRA) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)

Men’s QS 10,000 Round 1 Results: 

Heat 13: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.76, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 13.50, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.53, Kalani David (HAW) 8.00

Heat 14: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 12.43, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 11.26, Nic Von Rupp (POR) 8.10, Soli Bailey (AUS) 8.00

Heat 15: Connor O’Leary (AUS) 12.00, Granger Larsen (HAW) 12.00, Ricardo Christie (NZL) 9.87, Marlon Lipke (PRT) 7.77

Heat 16: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.60, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.87, Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) 12.20, Bino Lopes (BRA) 10.40

Heat 17: Frederico Morais (PRT) 16.86, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 14.70, Takumi Yasui (JPN) 10.44, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 6.60

Heat 18: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 13.66, Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 12.27, CJ Hobgood (USA) 10.76, Mason Ho (HAW) 8.83

Heat 19: Charles Martin (GLP) 14.67, Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 13.17, Brett Simpson (USA) 11.90, Thomas Woods (AUS) 11.40

Heat 20: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 15.30, Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.80, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 10.34, Sunny Garcia (HAW) 6.83

Heat 21: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 16.43, Joshua Moniz (HAW) 13.60, Marc Lcaomare (FRA) 13.40, Sebastian Zeitz (HAW) 13.26

Heat 22: Kolohe Andino (USA) 16.10, Billy Stairmand (NZL) 13.17, Conner Coffin (USA) 9.30, Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 9.27

Heat 23: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 15.27, Jack Freestone (AUS) 14.90, Luke Davis (USA) 13.37, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 10.66

Heat 24: Dane Reynolds (USA) 13.40, Nat Young (USA) 12.60, Tom Whitaker (AUS) 12.54, Brent Dorrington (AUS) 8.67


Men’s QS 10,000 Round 2 Match-Ups: 

Heat 1: Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Joan Duru (FRA), Tiago Pires (PRT), Adam Melling (AUS)

Heat 2: Nathan Yeomans (USA), Michael Rodrigues (BRA), Michael Dunphy (USA), Santiago Muniz (ARG)

Heat 3: Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Marco Fernandez (BRA), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Parker Coffin (USA)

Heat 4: Tim Reyes (USA), Carlos Munoz (CRI), Ian Gouveia (BRA), Nathan Hedge (AUS)

Heat 5: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Ryan Callinan (AUS), Ramzi Boukhaim (MAR), Heitor Alves (BRA)

Heat 6: Mitch Crews (AUS), Davey Cathels (AUS), Hiroto Ohhara (JPN), Steven Pierson (PYF)

Heat 7: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Granger Larsen (HAW), Beyrick De Vries (ZAF)

Heat 8: Miguel Pupo (BRA),  Connor O’Leary (AUS), Alex Ribeiro (BRA), Cooper Chapman (AUS)

Heat 9: Frederico Morais (PRT), Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Artiz Aranburu (ESP),  Jadson Andre (BRA)

Heat 10: Dion Atkinson (AUS), Charles Martin (GLP), Krystian Kymerson (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS)

Heat 11: Tomas Hermes (FRA), Kolohe Andino (USA), Jack Freestone (AUS), Nat Young (USA)

Heat 12: Dane Reynolds (USA), Tanner Gudauskas (USA), Billy Stairmand (NZL), Joshua Moniz (HAW)

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