European standout Charly Martin (FRA) was a part of those early upsets when he took out Australian threat Jack Robinson (AUS) in the first heat of Round 3. Robinson made leaps and bounds when he moved from fourth to first advancing position with six minutes on the clock, however Martin stomped an impressive 7.10 under the five-minute mark and jumped to first with Alex Ribeiro (BRA) in second, which ultimately edged out Robinson.
“I’m really happy to make it through that one after losing my first heat in Ballito so I really wanted to make a couple of heats here,” Martin said. “These are the most important events and I’ve trained hard for them. I also didn’t go to Australia for the smaller events just to have the money for these bigger events and be comfortable while here. I’ve done well here before but I want to do better.”
Martin has been close to CT qualification since ascending to the QS and is currently ranked No. 43 after a third-place finish at the Caparica Surf Fest Pro in April. His best result at the Vans US Open of Surfing was a 9th in 2014 and now with a berth into Round 4, the Frenchman will zero in on his next heat match up with Hawaiian Seth Moniz and Brazilian Krystian Kymerson.
The Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch will resume tomorrow, Tuesday, July 30, at 7:30 a.m. PT in Huntington Beach. The event will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and Facebook.com/WSL. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.