Frenchman and Dream Tour hopeful Marc Lacomare dominating his Round 1 heat with plenty above-the-lip flair. Photo: ASP.
Day 2 of the Vans US Open of Surfing saw the final 6 heats of Round 1 completed and a heat win from Euro Dream Tour hopeful Marc Lacomare, as well as continued domination from defending champ Jules Wilson, an on-form Michel Bourez and hungry Kelly Slater in their Round 2 heats.
Julian Wilson laid down the highest combined heat score of the contest so far, launching a massive backside air-rotation for a near-perfect 9.83, followed by an additional excellent ride of 8.30 to secure the event’s high heat-total of 18.03.
“That air felt good,” Wilson said. “It was one of the ones that you just go for and you don’t always have the highest percentage on, but I kind of surprised myself. I was in a position in the heat where I could go for it. It was good to land it and it gives me confidence.”
Michel Bourez, on the other hand, opted to stick to the open face but had no trouble dispatching Brazilian Miguel Pupo and Huntington Beach local hero Brett Simpson with his signature full rail power game.
“I’m not an air guy and I just stick to my plan,” Bourez said. “I knew Miguel (Pupo) would go for big airs and you never know with Brett (Simpson). I think he injured himself, but I hope he’s alright.”
The European upset of the day came from Basque Country Aritz Aranburu’s Round 2 exit, unable to do quite enough in the tricky conditions against CT-ers Ace Buchan and Bede Durbidge. Oh, and in other top seed news, Dane lost too.
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING MEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 19: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 11.70, Matt Banting (AUS) 11.57, Damien Hobgood (USA) 9.67, Thomas Hermes (BRA) 9.33.
Heat 20: Perth Standlick (ZAF) 12.77, Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.66, Dale Staples (ZAF) 9.23, Nathan Florence (HAW) 5.37
Heat 21: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.60, Evan Geiselman (USA) 11.74, Alain Riou (PYF) 10.87, Dillon Perillo (USA) 9.60
Heat 22: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 14.57, Gabe Kling (USA) 11.67, Jano Belo (BRA) 8.44, Travis Logie (ZAF) 7.30
Heat 23: Mitch Crews (AUS) 13.54, Alejo Muniz (BRAZ) 13.33, Hizunome Betero (BRA) 11.27, Romain Cloitre (FRA) 9.23
Heat 24: Nat Young (USA) 13.93, Tim Reyes (USA) 13.34, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 11.06, Billy Stairmand (NZL) 10.17
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING MEN’S ROUND 2 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.67, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.47, Chris Ward (USA) 10.27, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 9.86
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.27, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 12.60, Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 11.27, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10.40
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 18.03, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 12.27, Dane Reynolds (USA) 6.26, Willian Cardoso (BRA) 6.10
Heat 4: Michel Bourez (PYF) 14.04, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.90, Brett Simpson (USA) 12.66, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 9.50
Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.30, Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.84, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 10.10, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 7.00
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) 13.20, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 12.50, Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 10.83, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 9.37
VANS US OPEN OF SURFING WOMEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 13.00, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 10.44, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 6.67
Heat 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 14.46, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 10.44, Laura Enever (AUS) 9.36
Heat 3: Alana Blanchard (HAW) 12.43, Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.90, Leila Hurst (HAW) 9.54
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.87, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 13.93, Paige Hareb (NZL) 10.43
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.70, Malia Manuel (HAW) 14.10, Sage Erickson (USA) 12.27
Heat 6: Pauline Ado (FRA) 15.33, Coco Ho (HAW) 10.60, Lakey Peterson (AUS) 10.27