HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif./USA (SUNDAY, August 5, 2018) – 

 Californian Surfers Courtney Conlogue and Kanoa Igarashi Win US Open Of Surfing
Comeback From Injury Win For Conlogue
Stephanie Gilmore Extends Lead On Rankings Over Lakey Peterson

1. Courtney Conlogue (USA): Courtney Conlogue wins the Vans US Open of Surfing today and completes a fantastic comeback  after suffering a bad ankle injury at the start of the 2018 season. Conlogue was ranked 4th in the world in 2017 and came into this season as a serious World Title contender but an ankle injury sustained in training just before the season began kept Conlogue out of the water for the first 6 months of this season. This was her 3rd event back and she has taken a super popular win at her home beach at Huntington Beach, defeating the Number 1 ranked surfer in the world, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).  Gilmore’s 2nd place sees her extend her lead on the Jeep Leaderboard Rankings ahead of Lakey Peterson (USA). Gilmore is chasing a record 7th World Title this season and Peterson is still a very close challenger in 2nd on the rankings. Peterson was defeated in the Quarterfinals today by Courtney Conlogue. The next event on the Women’s Championship Tour will be the historic Surf Ranch Pro at Lemoore California running  September 6  to September 9 – The first ever Championship Tour event to run in the perfect waves at the WSL Surf Ranch.

2. Kanoa Igarashi (Japan): Completing an amazing day at Huntington Beach for the locals, Kanoa Igarashi, who represents Japan but grew up surfing Huntington Beach, took his second consecutive win at the Vans US Open of Surfing. In a see-sawing lead changing final, Igarashi was in 2nd place behind San Clemente’s Griffin Colapinto in the final minutes. Igarashi required a strong 7.5 ride to take the win. A clutch performance in front of a large cheering crowd, Igarashi found the right wave, surfed superbly with big moves throughout the ride which culminated in a perfectly executed  aerial to finish and was rewarded with an 8.17 to take an exciting win.
Kanoa Igarashi and Griffin Colapinto now head to Tahiti for the Tahiti Pro beginning August 10.

Vans US Open Women’s CT Final Results:

1 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.83   10,000 points

2 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.86       8,000 points

Vans US Open Women’s CT Semifinal Results:

SF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.77 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.36

SF 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.27 def. Caroline Marks (USA) 11.26

2018 Women’s WSL CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Vans US Open of Surfing)

1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 53 375

2 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 48 175

3 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 38 330

4 – Johanne Defay (FRANCE) 31 795

5 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 31 295

Vans US Open Men’s QS Final Results:

1 – Kanoa Igarashi (JPN)10,000 points

2 -: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 8,000 points

Vans US Open Men’s QS Semifinal Results:

SF 1: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 15.56 def. Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 14.67

SF 2: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 13.83 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.67


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  • Posted August 5, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Anyone else think Gilmore was over scored on her last wave in the semi finals? I didn’t see that as anywhere close to a 6+ ride and you can clearly see as she rode the white water in she felt she would no receive the score. She then seems to give Carissa a congratulatory hug in the shore break. Carissa looked stunned as well. It would be great to get the judges perspective on that very questionable decision.

    • Posted August 5, 2018 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

      Had Questions throughout on several heats…but I wasn’t glued start to finish per heat. But, even Carissa had some of her own for the panel…

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