Monday, August 4, 2014
Updated: Monday, August 4, 2014
Willian Cardoso (BRA) came alive in the Quarterfinals when he notched an excellent 8.50. It was the highest score of the round, which was part of the Men's Qualification Series (QS) contest.
Jordy Smith (ZAF), disappointed by his Quarterfinal elimination to fellow WCT competitor Adam Melling (AUS).
Matt Banting (AUS) won the Pro Junior but faltered against Filipe Toledo (BRA) in the Quarterfinals.
Brett Simpson (USA) and Coach Shaun Ward going over heat strategy before the Quarterfinals. It paid off when Simpson defeated Garrett Parks (AUS) and made the Semifinals.
Women's WCT competition continued after the men's Quarters as Malia Manuel (HAW) took to the water, challenging Tyler Wright (AUS) for a spot in the Final.
In the end, Tyler Wright (AUS) had more success with power-surfing in the challenging conditions, defeating Manuel and advancing to the Final.
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) found herself in an all-Aussie Semifinal, battling Stephanie Gilmore for a spot in the Final.
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) sealed the deal when she notched a near-perfect 9.93 in the Semis to earn a spot in the Top 2.
Willian Cardoso (BRA) earned another excellent score and a 15.66 heat total, defeating Adam Melling and advancing to the Final.
After an outstanding showing at the Open, Brett Simpson (USA) fell short of the Final, faltering in the Semis against aerial specialist Filipe Toledo (BRA).
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) found the few clean, open faces during the Final.
Tyler Wright (AUS) was able to finish even the small rollers with powerful turns, capitalizing on an early, excellent score of 8.67 to take top honors.
Wright's victory at the Vans US Open of Surfing marks her third appearance in a Final and her first event title win of the 2014 Women's WCT season.
Willian Cardoso (BRA) opened his Final heat with an impressive 9.03 ride.
In spite of Cardoso's early heroics, Filipe Toledo (BRA) hit back-to-back aerials for high eight-pointers -- and the men's event title.
The exuberant crowd at Huntington Beach carried Toledo from the water after his Prime-rated contest win, the most prestigious level of competition on the QS schedule.