WSL PRESS RELEASE
The VANS US OPEN OF SURFING–the annual nine day event that brings together the world’s elite in surfing, skateboarding and BMX–day eight (Saturday, August 5) featured the Semifinals and Finals for the World Surf League (WSL) Pro Junior Men’s and Women’s with Hawaiians Cody Young and Brisa Hennessy crowned the winners in consistent three-to-four foot conditions in Huntington Beach. Today also saw the Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 Round 5 (H1-8), leading up to tomorrow’s elite performances for the conclusion of the Women’s Championship Tour (CT) and Men’s QS10,000.
Hennessy (HAW) continues to be a threat on the international level with her first-ever Vans US Open of Surfing win in defining fashion. The 17-year-old South Shore, Oahu local showcased her talent to find her way into the Final, where she blasted an excellent 8.67 on her first opportunity. Hennessy battled with two-time event winner Caroline Marks (USA), last year’s CT event wildcard Meah Collins (USA) and current European Pro Junior Tour No. 1 Teresa Bonvalot (PRT). Ultimately, Hennessy backed up her excellent ride with a 6.33 to regain the lead from Bonvalot and secure her victory.
The action then shifted to the Men’s Pro Junior Final and fireworks awaited right off the first horn. Kade Matson (USA) got straight to work with a near-excellent 7.67 on his opening wave, but eventual winner Young (HAW) shadowed that ride with a brilliant 8.33 to open his account. Matson then earned the lead back with 5.90, but once again was overtaken by Young with a 7.13. Reef Heazlewood (AUS) made a late charge under the ten-minute mark, but fell short of the 8.63 requirement and earned an 8.10. Barbadian talent Che Allan’s (BRB) final few attempts yielded no success and Young emerged victorious.
Prior to the Women’s and Men’s Pro Juniors Finals this afternoon, the Vans US Open of Surfing QS10,000 completed their Round 5 head-to-head match-ups to determine the Quarterfinal draw for tomorrow’s finish. Hometown hero Kanoa Igarashi (USA) is back in to another finals day at his beloved Huntington Beach after a dominant performance over fellow CT competitor Stuart Kennedy (AUS). The 19-year-old’s local knowledge is nearly unmatched at this event and Igarashi continues to utilize it to advance through each heat.
Defending event winner Filipe Toledo (BRA) met his match in a relentless Davey Cathels (AUS) that witnessed the two exchange leads numerous times until the final buzzer. It was no easy task for Toledo against the fighting spirit of Cathels, whose power-surfing edged out the Brazilian’s air-game on a critical exchange that earned him a 7.00 over Toledo’s 6.87. The exchanges continued as the five-minute mark drew closer and Toledo’s 6.07 put him out front, but Cathels’ 6.00 earned the Australian another lead change. Toledo wasn’t done and found a critical forehand snap before two quick maneuvers on the inside to earn a massive victory.
Ricardo Christie (NZL) began the day with a big performance over 2015 event winner Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) as he looks to requalify for the Championship Tour (CT). The New Zealand representative is searching for his best result at QS10,000 since 2015, where he earned an equal third. But, Christie’s momentum may be something to help carry him against the in-form Igarashi in a rematch from Round 3 earlier this week. Michael February (ZAF) is on his way to another big QS10,000 finish with his Quarterfinal berth today. The current QS No. 4 has room to move with both QS ranked No. 3, Yago Dora (BRA), and No. 2, Willian Cardoso (BRA), out of the event. February’s explosive surfing continues to impress at Huntington Beach with his signature style – earning a huge win over Dusty Payne (HAW) with the round’s only excellent score of an 8.00.
Former CT competitor Patrick Gudauskas (USA) dispatched Italo Ferreira (BRA) on a buzzer-beater 6.70, needing a 4.90 heading into the dying minutes. But, Gudauskas’ fellow San Clemente surfer Griffin Colapinto (USA) was not as fortunate with Brazilian threat Tomas Hermes (BRA) taking a big win. Carlos Munoz (CRI) continues to keep his hopes of a major breakthrough alive here in Huntington after taking down CT competitor Jadson Andre (BRA). And seasoned veteran Josh Kerr (AUS) also moves on to the final day of the Vans US Open of Surfing QS for a chance at his first-ever win in Huntington.
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The Vans US Open of Surfing will wrap tomorrow with the Women’s CT and Men’s QS10,000 Finals Day. The Men will start the action at 7:30am PST with the Quarterfinals.
The action at the Vans Pro Park was at an all-time high as 20 of the world’s best park terrain skateboarders battled it out in the final global qualifier of the 2017 Vans Park Series Men’s Pro Tour. With an explosive performance in the finals, Tom Schaar surpasses the field, soaring through the Huntington Beach qualifier with massive heights and incredible speed to take the glory. Schaar celebrates his second podium win of the season after taking Australia back in March, and confirms his position as the number one skater in the 2017 VPS Challenger rankings. Schaar is joined by Ben Hatchell, 2nd, and CJ Collins, 3rd. With only seven coveted invites for the taking, today’s results have also decided the final Men’s lineup for the 2017 Vans Park Series World Championships in Shanghai, China on September 23. The top seven highest-ranking tour challengers to advance will join the VPS Select Pros and VPS Continental Champions for one final showdown to determine a new park terrain skateboarding World Champion. For complete results, tour highlights, and more, visit www.vansparkseries.com.
Men’s VPS Global Qualifier Huntington Beach Results, August 5
Men’s Vans Park Series Pro Tour Global Challenger Rankings
Top 7 Advancing to World Championships
Held at the iconic Huntington Beach Pier from July 29-August 6, the Vans US Open of Surfing has evolved into one of the largest action sports festivals in the world encompassing competitions that features leading athletes from the world’s of surfing, skateboarding and BMX. The annual event is free to the public and includes activities for attendees of all ages.
For competitors list visit http://www.worldsurfleague.com