“The kid so nice they named him twice.” -PK. Photo: Surf Channel
Written by Darren Justice
Day 6 of the 2012 Nike US Open of Surfing saw the morning kick off with light onshore winds creating glassy peaks, with the improving 2-3 ft swell creating ramp sections for the guys and girls alike. The women kicked off round 4 as the remaining competitors fought for the last win of the CT season.
Malia Manuel was able to keep her Rookie of the Year campaign alive by edging out Tyler Wright in the opening heat. Malia’s 2 backside snaps for a 6.33 gave her a heat total of 11.10 over Tyler’s 10.17. When the focus shifted to newly crowned 5x World Champion Steph Gilmore, Sage Erickson rose to the occasion eliminating the Tweed Heads native. Sage’s quarterfinal berth marks her best result of the year.
Cruising through his Men’s heat with an Interference was Felipe Toledo, showing Tang Gudang and Kai Otto why he doesn’t need to surf a heat with a leash. After having one wave cut in half, Felipe scored a 9.8 after throwing an air verse outside, throwing a wrap on his way to the inside while finding the inside wrap and adding one more air verse to his single wave turn total. Yeow.
Juelz, the Coolum Kid. Photo: Surf Channel
While Dane stood up once today and Kelly was reminded of how it feels to lose a no loser round, Gabriel surfed an almost perfect heat, with a 19.03 heat total. Dropping into a rampy left and floating the first section, he eyed out the perfect section to throw the air verse, and lay back on the inside section between the pylons. The tapered HB walls make it perfect for him to throw an air verse while fitting in a backside snap on the inside, which got him a 9.1.
Double John was the lone Hawaiian to automatically seed into round 8 beating out Pat Gudang and Lincoln Taylor with a 15.57 in a close affair. His one backside air verse on the outside section gave him a 9.17. Julian took out Simpo and Keanu Asing while landing a one pump air verse on a closeout to give him a 9.5.
Keanu Asing, surfing more in one event than most surf all year. Photo: Surf Channel
Keanu surfed two back to back heats, and lost them both. He’s been surfing more heats than anyone in this contest, winning the trials to get into the main event. His junior title hopes were crushed after being eliminated, but he’ll surf against Pat Gudang in the round of 24 when competition commences.
Kanoa and Hiroto Ohhara cruised through to the Semis while the big story was Conner Coffin’s return to form in Huntington Beach. The Young Wise Tail scored an 18.00 out of 20, while Felipe showed he has a backside snap also and scored a 9.57. The double threat, Kalani David, seeded through to the semis as we await the first ever dual athlete in the US Open to be in the Coastal Carnage competition.
The first ever to compete in both the skate and surf competitions at the US Open, Kalani David, can stick these blind. Photo: Surf Channel
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