The ASP Prime Vans US Open of Surfing hosted the Round of 24 in peaky two-to-four foot (1 metre) waves at Huntington Beach Pier, deciding the Round of 16 compliments of some intense battles from the world’s best surfers.
Michel Bourez (PYF), 27, continued his tear at the Vans US Open of surfing, trumping 11-times ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 41, with patented power surfing and progressive above-the-lip maneuvers. Slater would put in a valiant effort in the dying seconds of the match in an attempt to surpass the Tahitian, but would fall shy of the score required, securing Bourez’s position in the Round of 16.
“I knew he was going to try to put a show on and do some big airs,” Bourez said. “I saw him trying to look for the rights and my goal was to catch a few lefts first. Then I got that right and tried that air, so that was the good one for me. I saw Kelly from behind on that last wave and he did five or six turns and the wave was really tiny. I heard the crowd cheer and thought maybe I made a mistake.”
Julian Wilson (AUS), 24, defending US Open Champion, moved one step closer to taking back-to-back wins at Huntington Beach Pier, topping Brazilian darkhorse Alex Ribeiro, 21, with the day’s high single-wave score of 9.10 for a ferocious backhand attack on a steep lefthander.
“Surfing against a guy like Alex is always dangerous because he didn’t have much to lose,” Wilson said. “I was able to do a few backside turns put scores on the board and push him enough to fall on those backside airs. He came close on one and it could have turned the heat, but it was nice to build some momentum after a close loss yesterday. Today is a little bigger with some corners and the conditions are fun.”
Jadson Andre (BRA), 23, current No. 25 on the ASP World ranking and past WCT surfer, put in a banner performance with massive frontside airs on the lefthand ramps breaking in to Huntington Beach Pier, securing his victory over recently injured ASP WCT rookie Sebastian Zietz (HAW), 25.
“I just feel bad for Seabass (Sebastian Zietz) because he wasn’t 100 percent,” Andre said. “I’m still stoked to win the heat and it was a really important round for me. I’m feeling healthy and I hope I can keep going. I knew that was going to be a really tough heat and that’s why I tried to catch waves as fast I could so I didn’t give him too much opportunity. I have Adriano (de Souza) next and I know he’s going to be a tough competitor.”
Hodei Collazo (EUK) 29, current No. 127 on the ASP World Ranking, was responsible for a big upset today, eliminating veteran campaigner C.J. Hobgood (USA), 34, in their Round of 24 clash with last minute heroics.
“That was really close,” Collazo said. “C.J. started with a 6.6 and a 5.5 and I tried to be patient and wait for the best waves. Luckily I had priority at the end and I was able to get the score. I tried to push hard on my turns and I knew it was going to be close.”
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING WOMEN’S ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Laura Enever (AUS) 12.46 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.23
Heat 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.54 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 11.10
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.74 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.87
Heat 4: Pauline Ado (FRA) 14.50 def. Alana Blanchard (HAW) 11.93
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING WOMEN’S QUARTERFINALS MATCH UPS:
Heat 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) vs. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF)
Heat 3: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Carissa Moore (HAW)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING ROUND OF 24 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Jadson Andre (BRA) 15.00 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 8.00
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.93 def. Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 8.86
Heat 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.10 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 6.17
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF) 11.80 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 11.54
Heat 5: Hodei Collazo (EUK) 12.80 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 12.50
Heat 6: Matt Banting (AUS) 13.33 def. Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 11.43
Heat 7: Nat Young (USA) 15.16 def. Charles Martin (GLP) 11.40
Heat 8: Mitch Crews (AUS) 15.27 def. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.84
UPCOMING VANS US OPEN OF SURFING ROUND OF 16 MATCH UPS:
Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 3: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Hodei Collazo (EUK)
Heat 6: Granger Larsen (HAW) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)
Heat 7: Marc Lacomare (FRA) vs. Nat Young (USA)
Heat 8: Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. Mitch Crews (AUS)