Bella Kenworthy Showcases Her Event-Threat Potential
The Southern California contingent continued to shine with the likes of San Clemente’s own Sawyer Lindblad and Vans wildcard Bella Kenworthy taking down their respective heats. Kenworthy made her presence known with a near-excellent 7.67 to take control of a formidable affair against 2022 CT rookie Luana Silva (HAW), former CT elite Keely Andrew (AUS), and Costa Rica’s top qualification threat Leilani McGonagle (CRI), also advancing.
“I was definitely nervous, but luckily I’ve had a lot of heats in Huntington Beach and know this lineup,” said Kenworthy. “It’s nerve-racking to be in an event this big with everything going on. I’m super thankful to Vans for this opportunity and to get the experience at this level.”
Also, reigning Vans US Open of Surfing victor Caitlin Simmers (USA) surged into the Round of 16 alongside two-time event winner Sage Erickson (USA) to round out California’s remaining contenders.
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The next call will be made tomorrow, August 2 at 7:05 a.m. PDT for a possible 7:35 a.m. PDT start for men’s Round of 64 Heat 1.
The Vans US Open of Surfing begins July 30 – August 7 at Huntington Beach, California. The broadcast will begin on Monday, August 1 at 7:30 a.m. PDT, and fans can watch LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, WSL’s YouTube channel, and the free WSL app. Check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.
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