HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif./USA (Thursday, August 2, 2018) – The first-ever all women’s Duct Tape Invitational has been called ON at Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch for a 7:30 a.m. PST start. The Duct Tape Invitational will complete the Quarterfinals and Semifinals today. The Women’s Championship Tour (CT) has been called off for the daym and the Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) will get Round 3 underway following the longboard event.
“The Women’s Duct Tape Invitational will be on at 7:30 a.m. PST and we will have the Men’s QS follow,” said WSL Deputy Commissioner, Travis Logie. “We’ll wait for a possible start to the Women’s CT tomorrow morning, but it will be exciting to get the inaugural women’s Duct Tape Invitational underway at Huntington Beach. For the Men’s QS, we will run Round 3 and the first two heats of Round 4.”
The Women’s Duct Tape Invitational will showcase some of the world’s best women’s longboarders, beginning with 2016 WSL Champion Tory Gilkerson (USA) taking on Kaitlin Maguire (USA), Hallie Rohr (USA), and Mele Saili (USA).
Quarterfinal action concludes with reigning WSL Champion Honolua Blomfield (HAW) competing against Erin Ashley (USA), Kassia Meador (USA), and Summer Richley (USA).
Men’s QS Round 3 will get in the water following longboard Semifinal bouts.
The men’s Round 3 matchups have some heavyweight affairs on their schedule as up-and-comer Kei Kobayashi (USA) will fight for a Round 4 spot against an all-CT lineup featuring Keanu Asing (HAW), Yago Dora (BRA), and 2015 WSL Champion Adriano De Souza (BRA) will open in Round 3 Heat 1.
The Vans US Open of Surfing will be broadcast LIVE on VansUSOpenofSurfing.com, on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page, WorldSurfLeague.com, and the WSL app. Also check local listings for coverage from WSL’s broadcast partners.
Surfline, forecast partner of the WSL, is calling for:
The surf will creep up over the next couple days as new SSW swell fills in Thursday-Friday, with slightly larger surf over the weekend off a combo of NW windswell and SW and SSE swells.
Vans US Open Women’s Duct Tape Invitational Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Tory Gilkerson (USA), Kaitlin Maguire (USA), Hallie Rohr (USA), Mele Saili (USA)
QF 2: Karina Rozunko (USA), Sierra Lerback (USA), Kelis Kaleoppa (HAW), Ivy Thomas (AUS)
QF 3: Jennifer Smith (USA), Makala Smith (USA), Ashley Lloyd (USA), Mia Larson (USA)
QF 4: Honolua Blomfield (HAW), Erin Ashley (USA), Kassia Meador (USA), Summer Richley (USA)
Vans US Open Men’s QS Round 3 Matchups:
Heat 1: Kei Kobayashi (USA), Keanu Asing (HAW), Yago Dora (BRA), Adriano de Souza (BRA)
Heat 2: Ramzi Boukhiam (MOR), Reef Heazlewood (AUS), Heitor Alves (BRA), Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 3: Kolohe Andino (USA), David Van Zyl (ZAF), Lucca Mesinas (PER), Griffin Colapinto (USA)
Heat 4: Joshua Moniz (HAW), Tanner Gudauskas (USA), Jesse Mendes (BRA), Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Heat 5: Deivid Silva (BRA), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Cam Richards (USA), Thiago Camarao (BRA)
Heat 6: Bino Lopes (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Jorgann Couzinet (FRA), Victor Bernardo (BRA)
Heat 7: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Joan Duru (FRA), Tanner Hendrickson (HAW), Charly Martin (FRA)
Heat 8: Mihimana Braye (PYF), Peterson Crisanto (BRA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Beyrick De Vries (ZAF)
Heat 9: Michael Rodrigues (BRA), Matt Banting (AUS), Ethan Ewing (AUS), Cooper Chapman (AUS)
Heat 10: Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Jack Freestone (AUS), Seth Moniz (HAW)
Heat 11: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Alejo Muniz (BRA), Benji Brand (HAW), Davey Cathels (AUS)
Heat 12: Evan Geiselman (USA), Michael February (ZAF), Ian Crane (USA), Nat Young (USA)
Recognized as the largest professional sports competition and action sports festival in the world, the Vans US Open of Surfing is currently sanctioned and operated by the World Surf League under license from IMG, the event owner. Official partners of this year’s event include Vans, Swatch, Jeep, Airbnb, Michelob ULTRA, Hydro Flask, LifeProof, Jose Cuervo, Barefoot Wine, Woolmark, BF Goodrich, Harley-Davidson, Peet’s Coffee, Red Bull, U.S. Army, Slowtide, CLIF Bar, U.S. Marine Corps, Let it Block Sunscreen, Tea of a Kind, Flowater, and Frontier Communications.
For more information, including continued updates and scheduling, please visit VansUSOpenofSurfing.com.