An all-Brazilian final for the men and Aussie match-up for the women concluded an exciting final day of competition at the Vans US Open of Surfing, with Filipe Toledo and Tyler Wright chaired up the Huntington Beach surf stadium in front of a supportive crowd. Most importantly, this year the fans seemed to be there for the surfing. Conditions improved just in time for the final heats as the south side of Huntington Pier saw 3-4 ft lefts on offer with a makeable inside section after perfecting the “Huntington hop” through the flats.
18-year-old Filipe Toledo reigned supreme on the final day of the Vans US Open of Surfing winning the Men’s ASP Qualification Series (QS) Prime event. The all-Brazilian Final saw flyboy Filipe Toledo take on powerhouse Willian Cardoso (BRA), 28. Both Toledo and Cardoso relied on their respective strengths to achieve excellence early. Toledo launched an 8.73 to start while Cardoso collected a 9.03 for three big backhand hooks. Toledo locked into an additional right, lofting an additional aerial combo for an 8.73 and the Vans US Open of Surfing win.
“I’m super stoked and excited,” said Filipe Toledo. “It was an amazing heat against Willian (Cardoso). He’s been surfing really well the whole competition. I just turned my game to the air game so I could do what I love to do and it worked. I had to surf though a lot of pain with my ankle (following a sprain in Africa) and just put it out of my mind. I felt comfortable in these conditions. I won the junior in 2011 and was just feeling confident throughout the week.”
Written by Melissa Gasia
Australian surfer Tyler Wright beats last year’s Vans US Open of Surfing winner Carissa Moore at Huntington Beach during the Women’s quarter finals. Wright was able to make big maneuvers and finished it off with a couple of powerful turns to get her a high score of 8.33.
Wright’s total score of 15.93 was enough to mark Wright’s spot for the semifinals held on Sunday against Hawaiian surfer Malia Manuel. Manuel won previous match against Wright at round 3 non-elimination match at Vans US Open just a few days before the quarter finals, but Wright won the following matches to get her into the Quarter-finals.
At 20-years-old, Tyler Wright reigned supreme on the final day of the Vans US Open of Surfing. Wright has been crowned champion of the Women’s event, stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour.
Wright battled back in her Final clash against five-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 26, to collect her first victory of the 2014 season. Gilmore got off to a strong start, but Wright connected strong outside turns with critical snaps on the inside reform, earning an excellent 8.67 followed by a crucial 6.10 under Gilmore’s priority for the win. Wright previously dispatched Malia Manuel (HAW), 20, in the Semifinals and her win at Huntington Beach moves her to No. 3 on the rankings.
Austalian Tyler Wright chaired up the Vans US Open surf stadium, winning the ASP Women’s WCT event. Photo Shannon Marie Quirk | Surf Channel
“It’s been a long event and really enjoyable for me,” said Tyler Wright. “I wouldn’t be here without my team and they mean the world to me. All the girls have been ripping this entire event and it’s been wonderful to see. I felt really relaxed and comfortable and everything has gone really well for me this week and I loved it.”
Wright will now enjoy a one-month break before returning to the USA for stop No. 7 of 10 at the Swatch Pro, Lower Trestles.