Day two of the Vans US Open of Surfing completed the 24-man trials, with four international standouts advancing to the men’s ASP Prime main event in clean four-to-six foot (1.5 metre) waves at South Huntington Beach Pier.
Gabriel Medina (BRA), 19, who was forced to surf the trials due to an entry error, delivered an electric performance throughout the three-round trials, igniting the Huntington Beach lineup with a vigorous attack on both his forehand and backhand.
“I forgot to sign up for the event, but I’m pretty stoked to make the trials,” Medina said. “I knew it was going to be hard and I was just trying to get a few waves and warm up for the main event.”
Medina, current ASP World No. 18 and Semifinalist in last year’s US Open of Surfing, viewed the trials as a good opportunity to become comfortable with the tricky Huntington Beach lineup before surfing the main event and has high hopes of a final appearance at this year’s Vans US Open of Surfing.
“I feel good here in Huntington Beach,” Medina said. “It’s a beachbreak and last year I got third. I hope this year I can make one more heat. It’s always fun to be here and I like these waves.”
Garrett Parkes (AUS), 21, current No. 60 on the ASP World Ranking, dominated his trials heats today, attaining the day’s high heat-total of 17.07 out of 20 for impressive forhehand surfing. The Australian admitted that advancing in to the Vans US Open main event is crucial in his ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) qualification campaign and hopes to earn his share of the valuable points on offer at this year’s Prime rated event.
“The US Open trials are just as hard as any other Prime heat because most of these guys are usually in the Primes,” Parkes said. “I’m stoked to have had some good heats and be in the main event and get some points. It was my goal to make the top 100 and get in to the Primes for the back half of the year so I’m stoked to be in this event.”
Maxime Huscenot (FRA), 21, 2009 ASP World Junior Champion and current No. 47 on the World Ranking, was another up-and-comer to put in a standout performance today. Like Parkes, the Frenchman is also hungry to prove himself among the world’s best surfers and is eyeing a big result at the Vans US Open of Surfing this year.
“Huntington is a tricky wave to surf and I’ve never done that well here,” Huscenot said. “The trials was really tough, I’m stoked just to make it to the main event and I need to get some points to help my rating. I’m on a good roll right now and I’m really stoked with how I’m surfing. I just want to try and make a few heats now.”
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING TRIALS ROUND 3 RESULTS (1ST AND 2ND ADVANCE TO MAIN EVENT):
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.10, Garrett Parkes (AUS) 12.04, Kiron Jabour, Tanner Hendrickson
Heat 2: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 12.34, Heath Joske (AUS) 9.60, Chase Wilson (AUS) 7.27, Ian Crane
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING TRIALS ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.54, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 11.66, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 11.40, Gavin Gillette
Heat 2: Garrett Parkes (AUS) 12.30, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 10.47, Chris Waring, Balaram Stack
Heat 3: Chase Wilson (USA) 14.00, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 11.54, Thomas Woods (AUS), Taylor Clark
Heat 4: Heath Joske (AUS) 13.17, Ian Crane (USA) 9.36, Austin Ware (USA) 7.90, Makai McNamara
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING TRIALS ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.00, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 9.17, Matt Pagan (USA) 8.30, Derek Peters
Heat 2: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 12.56, Chris Waring (USA) 12.27, Eric Geiselman (USA) 10.43, Davey Cathels
Heat 3: Garrett Parkes (AUS) 17.07, Gavin Gillette (HAW) 11.00, Kai Barger (HAW) 8.73, Phillip Goold
Heat 4: Balaram Stack (USA) 11.77, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 11.30, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 9.94, Jason Harris
Heat 5: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 12.73, Ian Crane (USA) 10.80, Leandro Usuna (ARG) 10.60, Brad Ettinger
Heat 6: Thomas Woods (AUS) 11.47, Makai McNamara (HAW) 10.57, Jake Halstead Gony Zubizarreta
Heat 7: Heath Joske (AUS) 14.53, Taylor Clark (USA) 12.33, Nic Von Rupp (DEU) 7.83, Kalani David
Heat 8: Austin Ware (USA) 12.50, Chase Wilson (USA) 10.93, Matt-Lewis Hewitt (NZL) 10.60, Caio Ibelli
VANS US OPEN WOMEN’S PRO JUNIOR ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.40, Dax McGill (HAW) 12.44, Brianna Cope (HAW) 8.37, Shelby Detmers
Heat 2: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 10.40, Frankie Harrer (USA) 8.43, Bailey Nagy (HAW) 8.10, Mainei Kinimaka
Heat 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.33, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 13.93, Tia Blanco, Meah Collins
Heat 4: Leila Hurst (HAW) 12.67, Quincy Davis (USA) 9.67, Alisha Gonsalves (HAW) 8.50, Brisa Hennessy
VANS US OPEN WOMEN’S PRO JUNIOR ROUND OF 24 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.33, Mainei Kinimaka (HAW) 10.80, Honolua Bloomfield (HAW), Reika Noro
Heat 2: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 9.83, Shelby Detmers (USA) 9.77, Jordan Hundley (USA) 8.47, Jasset Umbel
Heat 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 13.17, Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 10.57, Maluhia Kinimaka (HAW), Nage Melamed
Heat 4: Quincy Davis (USA) 12.36, Tia Blanco (USA) 9.86, Chelsea Roett (BRB) 6.17, Kallee Krebs (HAW) 5.66