A small sense of balance has returned as some of the higher seeds reassert themselves by taking care of business in the second round of the women’s Vans US Open of Surfing. World number one Courtney Conlogue and reigning world champion Carissa Moore, reclaimed their customary spots at the top of their heats. The next round will be another non elimination round, but winning gives you the advantage of sitting out an elimination round, so for the ladies who won in the second round, it is top priority for them to win in round 3 to get a much needed break before the quarter finals.
Steph Gilmore found her rhythm in the opening heat taking the win over Nikki Van Dijk. Gilmore was consistant and looked very comfortable and answered as Nikki Van Dijk kept constant pressure throughout the heat.
In heat two, Sally Fitzgibbons took care of business against Alessa Quizon with very aggressive surfing. Even when she is at the top of her game, Sally Fitzgibbons continues to evolve and add to her arsenal.
World number one ranked Coutney Conlogue, got back on track in heat three against a very determined local favorite in the form of wild card Meah Collins. Courtney unleashed some very progressive maneuvers and kept constant pressure on Meah throughout the heat. Meah continued to chip away with strong surfing but it was not to be on this day.
The fourth heat of the round featured the reigning world champion, Carissa Moore against world tour rookie Chelsea Tuach. Carissa put the throttle down early and Chelsea spent the heat trying to catch up. Chelsea looked much improved and surfed strongly against the current world champion but there is still some work to do to close the gap between the reigning champ and the rest of the ladies on tour. Chelsea is on her way to the top but today was not her day.
The shocker of the day came in round five as Keely Andrew took down the defending Van’s U.S. Open of surfing champion Johanne Defay. Keely started slow but turned it on for a couple of solid scores in the middle of the heat. Johanne could not close the gap as time ran out on her before she could find the wave she needed for a big score.
Closing out the round two action in the final heat of the day was Laura Enever and Bianca Buitendag. The wave were few and far between with Bianca scoring her top 2 scores on her first two waves. Enever was patient enough to find a decent scoring ride halfway through the heat and Bianca could not find the score she needed in a close heat.
Round three will be another non elimination round, but can also be a very dangerous one for today’s winners if they cant find their way to a heat victory. The winners will get to rest up and skip another stressful elimination round.