Written by Nathan Paul
Day 2 of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Coastal Edge ECSC Vans Pro was packed with action today as the Round of 144 commenced despite the small surf on tap. The mens first day of surfing followed yesterday’s Pro Junior heats, which took place in very similar one-to-two ft surf.
Granger Larsen (Lahaina, HI), 22, currently ranked #30 on the ASP World Rankings, was the the standout of the day. Although he missed the original entry deadline, he was able to take full advantage of the ASP wildcard spot. The powerful regular-foot belted several turns on a small two foot wave for the highest single wave score of the day with a 9.00. He was able to back-up his 9 with a 7.23, which put his heat score at 16.23 out a possible 20 and easily seeing him into the Round of 96.
“It’s so small out there, but I just tried to surf as fast as I could and I’ve got a good board under my feet,” Larsen said. “I was actually surprised that they gave me a 9, but it felt like a little nugget of a wave for what was out there. I actually forgot to enter this contest and ended up applying for an ASP wildcard, so I’m stoked to get through that first heat and hopefully I can keep going.”
Granger is hoping to use some of his momentum from the US Open of Surfing to to do well in Virginia. If you want to see more of him, check out The Surf Channel’s training day video:
Also check out some of the US Open of Surfing recaps with Granger Larsen.
Cahill Bell-Warren (Victoria, AUS),23, presented himself as another standout of the day at the Coastal Edge ECSC Vans Pro and was able to post the second highest heat total with a 15.77. The young Aussie got off to a quick start, posting one of the highest single wave scores of the day with an 8.00.
“I really like Virginia Beach, even though the waves can be tough,” Bell-Warren stated. “In that heat, I realized there wasn’t really a lot happening so I knew I had to capitalize on whatever kind of opportunity I had. I got a couple of good set waves, some good connections and got the job done.”
Bell-Warren was able to adapt to the warm watered, sand-bottomed beachbreak of Virginia as compared to the long, cold pointbreak of Bells Beach near his home. He also attributed much of his success to his small wave equipment, which helped him find speed in the challenging conditions.
“It’s pretty funny, because this is about as far from Victoria as you can get,” Bell-Warren said. “The water is way warmer than we ever get and I feel quite uncomfortable surfing in board shorts, but I’ve got a really good groveler that I’ve kind of honed at home, and it feels good to be warm and get good waves. I’ve been working really hard with my shaper and I’ve been getting the right equipment. I’m so thankful that I’ve got that under my feet.”
Jeffrey Lukasik (San Clemente,USA) was able to find rhythm in his first round as he used the momentum of a strong opening ride to back up his next wave, which seamlessly linked three turns for an 8.50.
“It was just sick to start off the heat with a decent wave; I was really nervous before, because it was so slow,” Lukasik said. “It could go either way if someone gets a good wave that lines up. I got that first one and it took a bit of pressure off, and that second one lined up pretty well.”
Lukasik recently found his inner competitive nature rekindled as he was able to post good results in Latin America, and hopes to continue his run of good results.
Lukasiks’ fellow Trestles local, Ian Crane (San Clemente,CA),19, was another standout as he was able to link together several backhand hacks for an 8.00 score.
“It felt good to get that eight,” Crane said. “I couldn’t really tell from watching, but it’s actually smaller than it looks from the shore. On that one good wave, I was able to take off and do a couple of turns to the beach.”
Crane just arrived from Europe, but unfortunately his boards were delayed. Without his personal quiver for the Pro Junior yesterday, he partially attributed it to his early exit. He now has his boards back for round of 144 and he hopes to keep the momentum going.
“The first round is always really stressful,” Crane said. “It’s such a relief to get though that Round 1 and in to the money round. Yesterday, I was riding my friend’s board and we were trading off in the contest, and I ended up losing in the second round. I really wanted to get through that heat.”
Michael February (Capetown, ZAF), 19, is one of two South Africans competing in the men’s contest, and he looked in fine form today as he was able to use his power surfing to his advantage and pushed through the small waves, advancing into the next round.
“Being a bigger guy, I didn’t expect to do that well in smaller waves, but I was here last year and got an idea of what boards I needed to ride and what to expect,” February said. “I’m happy though, and my board feels good under my feet.”
February hopes that a good result here at Virginia Beach will give him much needed points and good seed position for his 2013 ASP campaign.
“These 6-Star events are a great opportunity to build your seed for next season,” February said. “There aren’t as many in the back half of the year and I’m glad to get some points here; they help a lot.”
In addition to the surfing action, the Coastal Edge ECSC presented by Vans will include a premier BMX contest, the Vans LXVI BMX Invitational, as well as skating, motocross, music and more. The surf competition’s waiting period is from August 20 through 26, webcasted LIVE via www.vans.com/ecsc.
Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30am local time for a possible 8am start.
For additional ASP information log on to aspnorthamerica.org
COASTAL EDGE ECSC PRESENTED BY VANS ROUND OF 144 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Brad Ettinger (USA) 12.66, Keala Naihe (HAW) 12.33, Joel Centeio (HAW) 9.33, Giorgio Gomez (USA) 1.27
Heat 2: Nathan Carvalho (HAW) 10.40, Koa Smith (HAW) 9.20, Dane Anderson (USA) 9.00, Adam Goldstone (USA) 7.70
Heat 3: Santiago Muniz (ARG) 13.33, Jeremy Johnston (USA) 10.34, Trevor Thornton (USA) 9.90, Ian Simmons (USA) 9.83
Heat 4: Hunter Lysaught (USA) 11.10, Nic Hdez (USA) 7.07, Ryan Croteau (USA) 7.03, Tristan Thompson (USA) 5.63
Heat 5: Matt Pagan (USA) 12.00, Nathan Behl (USA) 7.63, Ricky Whitlock (USA) 6.43, Breyden Taylor (USA) 4.17
Heat 6: Kalani David (HAW) 10.67, Dylan Kowalski (USA) 10.17, Makai McNamara (HAW) 9.47, Taylor Clark (USA) 9.03
Heat 7: Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS) 15.77, Dylan Goodale (HAW) 13.50, Parker Coffin (USA) 8.66, Colin Saunders (VEN) 5.62
Heat 8: Dillon Perillo (USA) 12.47, Balaram Stack (USA) 12.27, Aaron Cormican (USA) 8.63, Scott Weinhardt (USA) 5.64
Heat 9: Nick Fowler (USA) 12.56, Ryan Briggs (USA) 10.84, Asher Nolan (USA) 7.47, Rob Kelly (USA) 7.10
Heat 10: Sidney Guimaraes (BRA) 13.00, Dege O’Connell (HAW) 12.13, Jake Halstead (USA) 10.76, Shaw Kobayashi (USA) 9.94
Heat 11: Cory Arrambide (USA) 12.60, Blake Jones (USA) 10.34, Shane Beschen (USA) 5.57, Bobby Okvist (USA) 10.00
Heat 12: Ty Watson (AUS) 12.44, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 11.13, Fisher Heverly (USA) 10.57, Cam Richards (USA) 9.07
Heat 13: Victor Done (USA) 12.74, Alex Smith (HAW) 9.83, Ethan Carlston (USA) 4.10, Medi Veminardi (REU) 4.06
Heat 14: Michael February (ZAF) 14.10, Derek Peters (USA) 12.50, Tayler Brothers (USA) 7.94, Travis Southworth (MEX) 5.66
Heat 15: Leigh Sedley (AUS) 11.50, Dylan Southworth (MEX) 11.40, Eric McHenry (USA) 9.70, Jesse Adam (AUS) 7.26
Heat 16: Evan Thompson (USA) 11.36, Michael Powell (USA) 11.33, Keto Burns (USA) 11.00, Willie Safreed (USA) 5.70
Heat 17: Ian Crane (USA) 13.67, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 11.43, Jake Marshall (USA) 7.24, Colin Moran (USA) 5.30
Heat 18: Francisco Bellorin (VEN) 12.57, J.D. Lewis (USA) 9.47, Chris Foster (HAW) 8.46, Nathan Florence (HAW) 4.47
Heat 19: Jeffrey Lukasik (USA) 15.33, Jeremy Carter (USA) 11.70, Rudy Palmboom (ZAF) 9.30, Kevin Schulz (USA) 8.60
Heat 20: Granger Larsen (HAW) 16.23, Noah Schweizer (USA) 10.97, Jason Harris (USA) 7.37, Oliver Kurtz (USA) 6.13
Heat 21: Nils Schweizer (USA) 14.23, Cody Thompson (USA) 13.50, Mark Dawson (USA) 7.87, Andrew Jacobson (USA) 4.53
Heat 22: Jordin Watson (AUS) 13.83, P.J. Raia (USA) 8.20, Johnny Norris (USA) 7.10, Sean Moody (HAW) 7.00
Heat 23: Ian Gentil (HAW) 10.97, Derrick Disney (USA) 9.14, Taylor Thorne (USA) 7.90, Alex Kamkoff (USA) 3.63
Heat 24: Christian Saenz (USA) 12.30, Brett Barley (USA) 10.23, Jeffrey Myers (USA) 8.27, Rex Flogstrom (USA) 1.97