WSL PRESS RELEASE
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif./USA (Saturday, August 4, 2018) – The World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour has been called ON at the Vans US Open of Surfingpresented by Swatch for a 7:35 a.m. PST start. The day will start with the CT Round 3 to determine their Quarterfinal draw, along with deciding the Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) Quarterfinalists by day’s end. Also on the schedule, the event’s first winners will claim their US Open titles for the Men’s and Women’s Pro Junior divisions, as well as the Women’s Duct Tape Invitational.
“The CT women will get back in the water to start things off at 7:35 a.m. and we’ll get through Round 3 before the Men’s QS Round 5” said WSL Deputy Commissioner, Jessi Miley-Dyer. “It’s a big day planned. We will run the men’s and women’s Pro Juniors Finals, along with the Women’s Duct Tape Invitational Final. We’re looking forward to an exciting day and crowning our first 2018 US Open winners.”
Yesterday’s standout performer Pauline Ado (FRA), who sent Lakey Peterson (USA) to Round 2, will take on three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) and Johanne Defay (FRA) in Round 3 Heat 1.
On the Men’s QS side, US Open trials winner Reef Heazlewood (AUS) begins Round 5 Heat 1 battles against CT veteran Kolohe Andino (USA).
The Men’s Pro Junior Final showcases some of North America’s top up-and-coming surfers Kade Matson (USA), Cole Houshmand (USA), and Alan Cleland (MEX) taking on Hawaii competitor Barron Mamiya (HAW).
A hefty Women’s Pro Junior Final awaits Hawaii representatives Summer Macedo (HAW) and Zoe McDougall (HAW) taking on Californians Samantha Sibley (USA) and Kayla Coscino (USA).
Also vying for the inaugural Women’s Duct Tape Invitational crown, reigning WSL Longboard Champion Honolua Blomfield (HAW) will face fellow Hawaii surfer Kelis Kaleoppa (HAW), two-time WSL Champion Jennifer Smith (USA), and Californian Kaitlin Maguire (USA).
The Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch will be broadcast LIVE on the WSL’s Facebook page, WorldSurfLeague.com, and the WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.
Surfline, forecast partner of the WSL, is calling for:
Small surf will continue through the weekend, although gradually creeping up as a mix of SW-SSW and SSE Southern Hemi swells fill in, as well as some local NW windswell.
Vans US Open Women’s CT Round 3 Matchups:
Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA), Carissa Moore (HAW), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 3: Lakey Peterson (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Caroline Marks (USA), Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Vans US Open Men’s QS Round 5 Matchups:
Heat 1: Reef Heazlewood (AUS) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 2: Adriano De Souza (BRA) vs. Griffin Colapinto (USA)
Heat 3: Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) vs. Cam Richards (USA)
Heat 4: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) vs. Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Heat 5: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
Heat 6: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
Heat 7: Seth Moniz (HAW) vs. Evan Geiselman (USA)
Heat 8: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) vs. Michael February (ZAF)
Upcoming Vans US Open Men’s Pro Junior Final:
F: Barron Mamiya (HAW), Alan Cleland (MEX), Kade Matson (USA), Cole Houshmand (USA)
Upcoming Vans US Open Women’s Pro Junior Final:
F: Summer Macedo (HAW), Samantha Sibley (USA), Zoe McDougall (HAW), Kayla Coscino (USA)
Upcoming Vans US Open Women’s Duct Tape Invitational Final:
F: Kelis Kaleoppa (HAW), Kaitlin Maguire (USA), Honolua Blomfield (HAW), Jennifer Smith (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.
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