Thursday, July 31, 2014
Updated: Sunday, August 3, 2014
With uneven conditions at Surf City, Johanne Defay (FRA) found herself at the bottom of the event's opening heat and was relegated to Round 2.
Tyler Wright (AUS) was the first surfer to bust out the air game and earned the direct advance to Round 3.
Dimity Stoyle (AUS) set the bar for the first round of the Vans US Open of Surfing by notching an excellent 8.10 in Heat 1.
Coco Ho (HAW) on her way out to her final heat--she was eliminated in Round 2 by Kiwi Paige Hareb.
Johanne Defay (FRA) pulled off an upset in defeating Alessa Quizon (HAW) in Round 2 to avoid elimination.
Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) knocked out French campaigner Pauline Ado to advance into Round 3.
Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), surfing in place of injured Courtney Conlogue, defeated Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), safe from a Round 2 elimination.
Alessa Quizon (HAW), rattled after her loss in Round 2.
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) opened her Round 3 heat with an excellent 8.33 and held on for the direct advance into the Quarterfinals.
Carissa Moore (HAW) tagging a local fan with her autograph after winning her third round heat.
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) dominated her Round 3 heat, with second-place finisher Johanne Defay (FRA) still needing a near-perfect 9.36 to surpass her as the final horn blew.
Fitzgibbons greets her fans after winning the direct advance into the Quarterfinals.
Laura Enever (AUS) focusing before her Round 4 heat against fellow Aussie Tyler Wright.
Tyler Wright (AUS) lit up the second heat of Round 4, notching a nine-point ride on her first wave and a frontside aerial at the backend of the clock.
Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) solidified her second Quarterfinals spot for 2014 when she defeated injury replacement Tatiana Weston-Webb in the first heat of Round 4.