VANS US Open of Surfing Event Preview
The US Open of Surfing is such a massive event, every year there are seem like hundreds of thousands of people covering every grain of sand in Huntington Beach California. The waves, like everywhere vary from knee slop to head high peelers forming around the pier. It’s not just a surf comp its a skate and BMX competition, arts festival and live music on an epic scale. The atmosphere is ridiculous, you can nearly taste it… (well you can, it’s the salty dirt combo).
Surfline has forecast waist to chest high waves for the coming week, and being a beach break you can expect to see lots of quick skater-like manoeuvres and more daring attempts at airs than usual reef breaks.
The event is stop number 6 of 10 on the women’s tour and a crucial part of the accumulated point score that determines who stays on the top 10 (safe side) of the tour and who is relegated back to the Qualifying Series. Sally Fitzgibbons (38,200 ASP points) is coming off a win at the last event at the Fiji Pro and has a tight gap behind current #1 Carissa Moore (39,700) US Open defending champion, with Steph Gilmore in a 3rd (32,750). A win for Sally would see her take the lead and continue a current winning streak.
Lakey Peterson will be right at home and is the one to watch with her hard competitive edge and home crowd she’s sure to pull out some of her fast moves and airs to get the attention of the judges. Malia Manuel is also looking for a progression and performs well is these kind of waves. Laura Enever, Courtney Conologue, Coco Ho and Alessa Quizon remain in the balancing danger zone and this is the contest they need to step it up and make it to the quarters or semis if they want to see the next year on tour.
The Junior Tour is also held as part of the event keep your eye out for Quincy Davis, Dax McGill and Ella Williams for stand out performances.
The SuperGirl Pro is a 6-star event down the road at Oceanside and is held directly after the wrap up of Vans US Open of Surfing following on from the Los Cabos Open in Mexico that Coco Ho took out. It’s another event for the QS girls to build their points to make the cut onto the Dream Tour for 2015. Look out for Aussie girls on tour including our own Skye Burgess and Codie Klein.
Stay tuned for event updates throughout the week…
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