It’s That Time of Year Again | Van’s US Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach is ON

WSL PRESS RELEASE

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.

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Courtney Conlogue and Kanoa Igarashi Take The Win at the 2018 Van’s US Open of Surfing

WSL PRESS RELEASE

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif./USA (Sunday, August 5, 2018) – Hometown heroes Courtney Conlogue (USA) and Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) won the 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch in the World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour (CT) and Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) divisions, respectively.

Conlogue’s dream of winning the esteemed US Open title as a CT contender was realized after taking down current Jeep Rankings Leader Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) in amazing fashion. Conlogue’s win also comes after a sidelining foot injury sustained earlier this season.

“It’s not been the easiest road to recovery, but I fought through it all and now I’m standing here on top of the podium. It’s unbelievable,” Conlogue said. “I just have so many amazing people supporting me right now and I’m loving everything. I’m loving surfing and that’s so refreshing. But, to share such an amazing Final with Steph (Gilmore) was incredible and I’ve just been in awe of her surfing this week. I love performing for my home crowd. There’s nothing like having my family and friends here supporting me. It’s so much fun and such a challenge just with the expectation of wanting to perform, it’s been an amazing journey this week.”

The Santa Ana native waited patiently while Gilmore got busy and accrued a 9.00 (out of a possible 20) heat total. Conlogue unleashed her backhand for a near-excellent 7.33 (out of a possible 10) and put pressure on the six-time WSL Champion. Conlogue followed up brilliantly with a massive forehand strike on a hefty closeout section to earn a 6.50 and nearly solidify her first-ever US Open CT victory.

Gilmore earned her second runner-up finish at the Vans US Open, with her first event title still eluding one of the sport’s greatest but earned valuable points toward her seventh World Title campaign. After Conlogue eliminated World No. 2 Lakey Peterson (USA) in the Quarterfinals, the opportunity for Gilmore to capitalize on extending her lead was wide open. Gilmore now leads the World Rankings with 4,000 points over Peterson heading into the Surf Ranch Pro.

“Huntington is a tough one for me, I love it here but I’m always finding myself just struggling to get a good result so to come here and get a second place is great,” Gilmore said. “Courtney (Conlogue) was on fire after coming back from that injury and I’m stoked for her to get that win. And she knocked out Lakey (Peterson) which is pretty nice, but I proved to myself that if I really apply everything I have that I can still get a good result.”

Nearly earning her first CT US Open Finals appearance, after claiming back-to-back Pro Junior titles in 2015 and 2016, Caroline Marks (USA) notched another Semifinal result in her 2018 rookie campaign and moves into No. 6 on the Jeep Leaderboard.

Carissa Moore (HAW) made her long-awaited, first Semifinals appearance of the season and fell just short of the Final due to a last-minute score from Gilmore that eliminated the Hawaii surfer as the clock ran out.

Following a captivating performance from Conlogue, fellow hometown hero Igarashi fed off the crowd’s energy and delivered an incredible final showdown against Griffin Colapinto (USA). This marks the first back-to-back US Open victory since one of Huntington Beach’s most revered surfers Brett Simpson (USA) did so in 2008 and 2009. The day belonged to Igarashi after a phenomenal run to the Final, retaining his poise and composure throughout a tough finals day draw, as he was chaired-up the beach letting go of all emotion until touching the stage.

“Last year I won this event for my family and friends who have supported me so much, but this year it belongs to the city of Huntington Beach for all their support and just firing me up so much,” Igarashi said. “I barely remember that last ride, I feel like something just came over me and whatever I was going to do on that wave I was going to land it. It felt like as soon as I stood up on that wave I already got the score. That was the best feeling I’ve ever had. The whole contest I was just thinking about the Final. I paced myself throughout that whole contest and let everything out in that last heat. It was a really hard Final, but I just believed Huntington was going to give me the waves and it did.”

A slow start to the Final heat ignited when Colapinto opened up with his powerful forehand carves before soaring toward the south side shorebreak and stomping a massive air-reverse — earning an 8.00. But, Igarashi was right behind him and posted his own 7.60 to answer right back. Colapinto’s next ride would solidify his spot at the top, earning a 7.00, and kept that top spot heading into the last 15-seconds.

But, Huntington Beach delivered one was last time for Igarashi and Igarashi left everything in the water, standing up seconds before the horn sounded, as he finished with a tail-high, massive air-reverse that he was able to ride out of to take the win over Colapinto. Now, Colapinto takes the positive momentum from this event and moves forward — currently solidified in both the QS Top 10 and CT Top 22 before the Surf Ranch Pro September 6 – 9.

“I’ve never won a QS event so that’s a hard one to swallow, but it still leaves me with a bunch of fire so I’m really excited to just keep working hard,” Colapinto said. “My favorite moment of this event was in that Final. I think that’s one of the best back-to-back exchanges I’ve ever had in a heat so that’s all I really care about. I’ll just decompress for a few days. I feel like my strategy and my surfing was there throughout the whole event. At the end it just came down to the waves. We both didn’t fall and I just have to keep putting myself out there and I’ll have to stay ready for when that time comes.”

Also earning big results for the Men’s QS, Jadson Andre (BRA) got a pass through the Quarterfinals due to Italo Ferreira’s (BRA) injury before falling to eventual winner Igarashi. As well as Jorgann Couzinet (FRA), who delivered the day’s top score of a 9.00 against Colapinto in their Semifinal bout, who walks away with 6,500 points and No. 6 on the QS rankings.

With his Quarterfinal result, falling to Igarashi, Seth Moniz (HAW) finds himself at 17,550 points and the new QS No. 1 — all but solidifying himself for a position on the 2019 CT.

Vans US Open Women’s CT Final Results:
1 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.83   10,000 points
2 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.86       8,000 points

Vans US Open Women’s CT Semifinal Results:
SF 1
: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.77 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.36
SF 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.27 def. Caroline Marks (USA) 11.26

Vans US Open Women’s CT Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1
: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.83 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.33
QF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.70 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 10.93
QF 3: Caroline Marks (USA) 14.60 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.60
QF 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 12.97 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.64

2018 Women’s WSL CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Vans US Open of Surfing)
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)  53,375 pts
2 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 48,175 pts
3 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 38,330 pts
4 – Johanne Defay (FRA) 31,795
5 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 31,235

Vans US Open Men’s QS Final Results:
1 – Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 15.77  10,000 points
2 -: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 15.00  8,000 points

Vans US Open Men’s QS Semifinal Results:
SF 1
: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 15.56 def. Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 14.67
SF 2: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 13.83 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.67

Vans US Open Men’s QS Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1
: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 15.27 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.23
QF 2: Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 11.80 def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 11.43
QF 3: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA) (Withdraw)
QF 4: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 14.87 def. Seth Moniz (HAW) 11.10

2018 Men’s Qualifying Series Rankings (After Vans US Open of Surfing)
1 – Seth Moniz (HAW) 17,550 pts
2 – Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 17,420 pts
3 – Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 17,150
4 – Griffin Colapinto (USA) 14,950
5 – Jadson Andre (BRA) 14,110 pts

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.

About Vans
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in 84 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates more than 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Park Series, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, House of Vans.

About IMG
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network.

About WSL
The World Surf League (WSL) is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running in excess of 180 global events across the Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, and Junior and Longboard Championships. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed world champions in Men’s, Women’s across all divisions within the tour. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, the WSL is a truly global sports and media company with regional offices in Australia, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and Europe.

For more information, please visit VansUSOpenofSurfing.com.

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Finals Day at 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif./USA (Sunday, August 5, 2018) – The Final Day of the 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch has been called ON at the southside of the Huntington Beach pier. The women’s Championship Tour (CT) Quarterfinals will start the day at 7:35 a.m., followed by the men’s Qualifying Series (QS) Quarterfinals, the women’s and men’s Semifinals, and the women’s and men’s Finals.

“It is Finals Day at the Vans US Open presented by Swatch,” said WSL Deputy Commissioner, Jessi Miley-Dyer. “We will start with the women’s and men’s Quarterfinals, then we will run the Semis and the Finals. After seeing the incredible performances from the Pro Junior and Women’s Duct Tape Invitational yesterday, we are excited to crown the event winners for the women’s Championship Tour and men’s Qualifying Series divisions.”

The Final Day of 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:

We’ll see a slight bump in surf through Sunday as a mix of long period SW-SSW and SSE-S Southern Hemi swells fill in, as well as some local NW windswell blending in. 

Vans US Open Women’s CT Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1
: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
QF 2: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) vs. Carissa Moore (HAW)
QF 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Caroline Marks (USA)
QF 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)

Vans US Open Men’s QS Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1
: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Griffin Colapinto (USA)
QF 2: Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) vs. Dion Atkinson (AUS)
QF 3: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
QF 4: Seth Moniz (HAW) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (JPN)

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.

About Vans
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in 84 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates more than 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Park Series, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, House of Vans.

About IMG
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network.

About WSL
The World Surf League (WSL) is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running in excess of 180 global events across the Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, and Junior and Longboard Championships. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed world champions in Men’s, Women’s across all divisions within the tour. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, the WSL is a truly global sports and media company with regional offices in Australia, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and Europe.

For more information, please visit VansUSOpenofSurfing.com.

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Women’s CT Called ON at 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington

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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.

About Vans
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in 84 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates more than 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Park Series, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, House of Vans.

About IMG
IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network.

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Huntington Beach Welcomes Women’s Championship Tour for Vans US Open of Surfing

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif./USA (Friday, July 27, 2018) – The Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch welcomes back the world’s best surfers starting Monday, July 30 through August 5, 2018 as they compete in Stop No. 7 of 10 of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT).

The Vans US Open will play a critical role in the 2018 WSL World Title race, which is currently led by six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). The Australian now wears the Jeep Leader Jersey after her win at the Corona Open J-Bay earlier this month. Gilmore has yet to claim a CT win in Surf City but will look for a strong start in her opening heat against last year’s event winner Sage Erickson (USA) and the event wildcard, who will be determined by a one-heat trials event.

“Huntington is a totally different venue to the rest of the year and I’ve always struggled a bit, but I feel good heading into it,” said Gilmore. “I feel excited about the current ratings and the processes I’m going through. All the girls are ripping so, it’s just about staying focused and making sure I’m investing all my energy into each heat. I feel like I can get a good result. I just have to really apply myself there.”

Lakey Peterson (USA), 2012 event winner, returns home to California for this event. The surfer from Santa Barbara, California sits just behind Gilmore in second place on the Jeep Leaderboard, hungry for her first World Title. She will be up against Coco Ho (HAW) and injury replacement Pauline Ado (FRA) in Round 1.

“It’ll be nice to be home for a minute and get that crowd support behind you,” Peterson said. “We’ve been in Australia, which has a lot of Aussie support there, and Bianca (Buitendag) had that support in South Africa, so that’ll be great to have that kind of hometown support. I’ve done well at Huntington Beach in the past so I think it’s a great opportunity to keep chipping away at Steph (Gilmore). I’m just looking forward to some time at home and getting the jersey on while there.”

16-year-old rookie Caroline Marks (USA) will also be one to watch in Huntington Beach next week. Earlier this year, Marks made history as the youngest surfer to ever qualify for the elite Championship Tour. Now, with more than half the season complete and currently sitting at World No. 7 on the Jeep Leaderboard, Marks hopes to continue her previous success in Huntington Beach and earn a big result in her rookie debut. Marks will be up against Australians Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Bronte Macaulay (AUS) when competition commences.

“The US Open is a different event because there are so many competitive surfing events on display,” said Marks. “There is the men’s and women’s juniors, our CT event, and even a big men’s QS event, so everyone is there together and cheering each other on. It’s really cool. I grew up competing at Huntington through all the amateur and junior events, and I’ve had a lot of success there. That gives me a lot of confidence heading into the CT event. I’m just excited to have my family there, it’s been a long year on the road so it’s a perfect time to be home for a few months.”

Facing ongoing health issues from contracting Influenza A during the Corona Open J-Bay, Tyler Wright (AUS) has withdrawn from next week’s Vans US Open of Surfing. The Australian is the reigning World Champion and currently ranked No. 5 on the Jeep Leaderboard.

“Unfortunately I will be withdrawing from Vans US Open of Surfing,” said Wright. “I’m still recovering from Influenza A. I’m home with the doggos getting better, but still a long way from full strength. Thanks to everyone for the continued support.”

Stepping in for Wright will be fellow Australian, Macy Callaghan. The 20-year-old is currently ranked No. 9 on the WSL Qualifying Series (QS) and competed at the Corona Open J-Bay earlier this month, where she lost to Frenchwoman Johanne Defay in Round 2.

Brazilian Silvana Lima has also withdrawn from the US Open after sustaining a knee injury in Round 1 of the Corona Open J-Bay. Although Lima powered through the rest of her heat, she was unable to finish the event. She will be replaced by former WSL CT surfer Ado.

The Huntington Beach waves will also feature the WSL Men’s Qualifying Series event, the men’s and women’s WSL Pro Junior events, the first-ever all women’s Vans Duct Tape Invitational longboarding competition, and the annual Vans Stoke-O-Rama, bringing local Huntington Beach youth together for friendly surf and beach activities.

Starting Monday, July 30, 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:

The first several days of the event window are looking relatively slow with a minor blend of Southern Hemisphere swells and local NWwindswell on offer. Heading through the end of next week into the final weekend of the event window we anticipate a slightly better mix of new SSW swell and NW windswell.

Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s CT Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Carissa Moore (HAW), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Heat 2: Johanne Defay (FRA), Keely Andrew (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Sage Erickson (USA), TBD
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA), Coco Ho (HAW), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 5: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Malia Manuel (HAW), Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 6: Caroline Marks (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)

More available at WorldSurfLeague.com.

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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Day 8 RECAP at The 2017 Vans US Open of Surfing

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The VANS US OPEN OF SURFING–the annual nine day event that brings together the world’s elite in surfing, skateboarding and BMX–day eight (Saturday, August 5) featured the Semifinals and Finals for the World Surf League (WSL) Pro Junior Men’s and Women’s with Hawaiians Cody Young and Brisa Hennessy crowned the winners in consistent three-to-four foot conditions in Huntington Beach. Today also saw the Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 Round 5 (H1-8), leading up to tomorrow’s elite performances for the conclusion of the Women’s Championship Tour (CT) and Men’s QS10,000.

Hennessy (HAW) continues to be a threat on the international level with her first-ever Vans US Open of Surfing win in defining fashion. The 17-year-old South Shore, Oahu local showcased her talent to find her way into the Final, where she blasted an excellent 8.67 on her first opportunity. Hennessy battled with two-time event winner Caroline Marks (USA), last year’s CT event wildcard Meah Collins (USA) and current European Pro Junior Tour No. 1 Teresa Bonvalot (PRT). Ultimately, Hennessy backed up her excellent ride with a 6.33 to regain the lead from Bonvalot and secure her victory.

The action then shifted to the Men’s Pro Junior Final and fireworks awaited right off the first horn. Kade Matson (USA) got straight to work with a near-excellent 7.67 on his opening wave, but eventual winner Young (HAW) shadowed that ride with a brilliant 8.33 to open his account. Matson then earned the lead back with 5.90, but once again was overtaken by Young with a 7.13. Reef Heazlewood (AUS) made a late charge under the ten-minute mark, but fell short of the 8.63 requirement and earned an 8.10. Barbadian talent Che Allan’s (BRB) final few attempts yielded no success and Young emerged victorious.

Prior to the Women’s and Men’s Pro Juniors Finals this afternoon, the Vans US Open of Surfing QS10,000 completed their Round 5 head-to-head match-ups to determine the Quarterfinal draw for tomorrow’s finish. Hometown hero Kanoa Igarashi (USA) is back in to another finals day at his beloved Huntington Beach after a dominant performance over fellow CT competitor Stuart Kennedy (AUS). The 19-year-old’s local knowledge is nearly unmatched at this event and Igarashi continues to utilize it to advance through each heat.

Defending event winner Filipe Toledo (BRA) met his match in a relentless Davey Cathels (AUS) that witnessed the two exchange leads numerous times until the final buzzer. It was no easy task for Toledo against the fighting spirit of Cathels, whose power-surfing edged out the Brazilian’s air-game on a critical exchange that earned him a 7.00 over Toledo’s 6.87. The exchanges continued as the five-minute mark drew closer and Toledo’s 6.07 put him out front, but Cathels’ 6.00 earned the Australian another lead change. Toledo wasn’t done and found a critical forehand snap before two quick maneuvers on the inside to earn a massive victory.

Ricardo Christie (NZL) began the day with a big performance over 2015 event winner Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) as he looks to requalify for the Championship Tour (CT). The New Zealand representative is searching for his best result at QS10,000 since 2015, where he earned an equal third. But, Christie’s momentum may be something to help carry him against the in-form Igarashi in a rematch from Round 3 earlier this week. Michael February (ZAF) is on his way to another big QS10,000 finish with his Quarterfinal berth today. The current QS No. 4 has room to move with both QS ranked No. 3, Yago Dora (BRA), and No. 2, Willian Cardoso (BRA), out of the event. February’s explosive surfing continues to impress at Huntington Beach with his signature style – earning a huge win over Dusty Payne (HAW) with the round’s only excellent score of an 8.00.

Former CT competitor Patrick Gudauskas (USA) dispatched Italo Ferreira (BRA) on a buzzer-beater 6.70, needing a 4.90 heading into the dying minutes. But, Gudauskas’ fellow San Clemente surfer Griffin Colapinto (USA) was not as fortunate with Brazilian threat Tomas Hermes (BRA) taking a big win. Carlos Munoz (CRI) continues to keep his hopes of a major breakthrough alive here in Huntington after taking down CT competitor Jadson Andre (BRA). And seasoned veteran Josh Kerr (AUS) also moves on to the final day of the Vans US Open of Surfing QS for a chance at his first-ever win in Huntington.

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The Vans US Open of Surfing will wrap tomorrow with the Women’s CT and Men’s QS10,000 Finals Day. The Men will start the action at 7:30am PST with the Quarterfinals.

The action at the Vans Pro Park was at an all-time high as 20 of the world’s best park terrain skateboarders battled it out in the final global qualifier of the 2017 Vans Park Series Men’s Pro Tour. With an explosive performance in the finals, Tom Schaar surpasses the field, soaring through the Huntington Beach qualifier with massive heights and incredible speed to take the glory. Schaar celebrates his second podium win of the season after taking Australia back in March, and confirms his position as the number one skater in the 2017 VPS Challenger rankings. Schaar is joined by Ben Hatchell, 2nd, and CJ Collins, 3rd. With only seven coveted invites for the taking, today’s results have also decided the final Men’s lineup for the 2017 Vans Park Series World Championships in Shanghai, China on September 23. The top seven highest-ranking tour challengers to advance will join the VPS Select Pros and VPS Continental Champions for one final showdown to determine a new park terrain skateboarding World Champion. For complete results, tour highlights, and more, visit www.vansparkseries.com.

Men’s VPS Global Qualifier Huntington Beach Results, August 5
Tom Schaar
Ben Hatchell
CJ Collins

Men’s Vans Park Series Pro Tour Global Challenger Rankings
Top 7 Advancing to World Championships

Tom Schaar
Karl Berglind
Murilo Peres
Willy Lara
Tristan Rennie
CJ Collins
Roman Pabich

Held at the iconic Huntington Beach Pier from July 29-August 6, the Vans US Open of Surfing has evolved into one of the largest action sports festivals in the world encompassing competitions that features leading athletes from the world’s of surfing, skateboarding and BMX. The annual event is free to the public and includes activities for attendees of all ages.

For competitors list visit http://www.worldsurfleague.com

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Californians Sage Erickson and Kanoa Igarashi Claim Victory at Vans US Open of Surfing

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/ USA (Sunday, August 6, 2017) – Sage Erickson (USA) and Kanoa Igarashi (USA) claimed victory today at the Vans US Open of Surfing in two-to-four foot (0.5 – 1 metre) waves on the southside of the Huntington Beach Pier. A capacity crowd witnessed Erickson clinch the win at Stop No. 6 of 10 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) and Igarashi take out the Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 event.

Erickson claimed her first Championship Tour victory today after defeating 2016 event winner Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) in an intense Final. The 26-year-old will now vault from 9th to 6th on the Jeep Leaderboard, just 1,450 points behind World No. 5 Johanne Defay (FRA). The 10,000-point gain significantly strengthens the Californian’s 2017 World Title campaign heading into the Swatch Women’s Pro, Stop No. 7 on the Women’s CT.

“I feel like I’ve been working really hard for a moment like this,” said Erickson. “Something felt really special about this event. I was really comfortable and just aiming high. I can’t believe I’m here. I’m not World Champ, it’s just the US Open, but it still feels like that so I’m going to celebrate it like I am. I can’t be more proud to be from a place like America — you can feel the energy and all the support from all the people on the beach. It’s just amazing to bring my first win home in California and to do it in a place like Huntington couldn’t be more of a surreal situation.”

In their fifth head-to-head match-up, today’s Final saw Erickson claim her second win over Weston-Webb to earn the event title. Weston-Webb held an early lead through to the halfway mark with multiple attempts in the beachbreak conditions. Erickson stayed patient, with only one wave ridden at the halfway mark, but maximized on a second opportunity to take the first position away from Weston-Webb. Determined for a second event win, Weston-Webb battled back to earn a 0.36-point lead with less than ten minutes to go. Under pressure, Erickson had the Huntington Beach crowd to their feet as she meet the 4.63 requirement with a 6.67 for the win.

“I had the best wave to start and I just blew it so hard,” continued Erickson. “I just told myself, ‘it’s okay, don’t worry.’ Then I bogged another wave and just thought that now I really have to get it together and luckily there were some waves out there. I got that last wave and I don’t know exactly what I got, but this feels like a dream. I’m in complete disbelief and can’t thank everyone enough.”

Sage Erickson's (USA) stunning performance in the Final resulted in her career-first CT win at the Vans US Open of Surfing.  Credit: © WSL / Morris
Sage Erickson’s (USA) stunning performance in the Final resulted in her career-first CT win at the Vans US Open of Surfing.
Credit: © WSL / Morris

Today’s runner-up result marks Weston-Webb’s second of 2017. The 26 year-old is heating up this season with back-to-back event Finals with her finish in Huntington and at the OK Fiji Women’s Pro. Weston-Webb will move up two spots to 8th on the Jeep Rankings, just one place higher than three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW).

“Two Finals in a row, wow, I can’t thank God enough for putting me in this position and of course my support crew. Everyone here was second-to-none,” Weston-Webb said. “My surfboards have been amazing under my feet and my sponsors have just been incredible, and I love them all so much.”

En route to her maiden CT Finals appearance, Erickson took out 2017 World Title contenders Courtney Conlogue (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Moore.

The second Semifinal saw a close battle between the California natives. Conlogue got an early lead with a 5.23, but Erickson came charging back with a 7.50 for control. Conlogue regained first position with a 6.23, but again, Erickson fired back with another big score to put the pressure on Conlogue. Needing a 7.11, the Huntington Beach local fell just 1.87 points short and was eliminated from the event.

Conlogue is off to a great start this year with two CT wins at Bells and Fiji. Conlogue’s third place result will move her up to 3rd place on the Jeep Leaderboard and one step closer to wearing the yellow Jeep Leader Jersey.

Weston-Webb dispatched Coco Ho (HAW) in the first Semifinal match-up. Ho will exit Huntington Beach with a 3rd place finish, her first Semifinal berth and best result this season. Ho will jump from 12th to 11th on the Jeep Leaderboard.

Alongside Erickson’s stunning CT victory, Igarashi saved his best performance for last and opened up with an incredible, near-perfect, 9.63 in the Final — the highest single-scoring wave of the men’s event. The local hero bashed three major backhand attacks and finished on the shorebreak in front of his hometown crowd to the eruption of applause. Igarashi then took that momentum into his next wave with two more critical backhand snaps that earned him a 5.60 and put an in-form Tomas Hermes (BRA) in a combination situation — something Hermes was unable to come back from after Igarashi closed the door in the dying minutes with a 7.60.

The 19-year-old was beside himself as his friends and family rushed in the water to the crowd’s deafening applause for his first-ever Vans US Open of Surfing QS 10,000 win.

“This is crazy, just getting two Semifinal results here hurt so much, but it finally came,” Igarashi said. “I felt like this was going to be my year. A lot of people kept telling me it was and I just believed in it and it came true. This place means the world to me. I learned how to surf here. It’s just so special to be here with my friends and family. This contest means so much to me, it was the first place I ever watched pro surfing. Just sitting on the beach watching guys like Kalani Robb battle it out was incredible. I’ve just wanted to be around these guys and to win the US Open with this crowd here — it’s a day I’ll never forget.”

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Kanoa Igarashi (USA) earned the Vans US Open of Surfing QS win in his hometown of Huntington Beach, California.
Credit: © WSL / Morris

Hermes’ incredible run at the Vans US Open of Surfing finished with 8,000 vital points and propelled him to QS No. 4 in hopes of CT qualification. Hermes now has a renewed vigor heading into the rest of the season after eliminating crowd favorites Patrick Gudauskas (USA) and Carlos Munoz (CRI) en route to his Final appearance. The result marks the 30-year-old Brazilian’s best finish since 2013, where he earned a victory in Portugal, but unfortunately the win was not to be replicated with the insatiable form of Igarashi.

“Last year was a really tough year for me after my foot injury, but I’m feeling so good right now,” Hermes said. “To be here with the amazing crowd and these people, along with my family and Vans down here supporting me every single day, I’m just so stoked. I’ve haven’t been knocking on the door for two years now and I’m feeling better than ever. I’m ready for the tour, I’m ready for my life, and I’m just ready for everything.”

A rematch from last year’s critical Semifinal unfolded between Igarashi and Filipe Toledo (BRA) in dramatic fashion. The opening exchange witnessed both surfers paddle for a wave, but Toledo cut across Igarashi and was given a non-priority interference as the wave was deemed a disrupted opportunity for Igarashi, who was closest to the peak. The interference did not stop Toledo from putting on a brilliant aerial display that made Igarashi fight for every score through. Ultimately, hometown hero Igarashi emerged victorious after earning a 6.85, in need of a 6.50, and held that lead until the final horn.

A year full of surprises continues at both the CT and QS levels with a big performance from Munoz, whose dream run ended in the Semifinals and catapults him into No. 19 on the QS heading into the back half of the year.

The next stop on the 2017 WSL Championship Tour will be the Billabong Pro Tahiti, which will see the world’s best male surfers resume this season’s title race from August 11 – 22, 2017.

Highlights from the Vans US Open of Surfing are available at WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app, and VansUSOpenofSurfing.com.

Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s CT Final Results:
1 – Sage Erickson (USA) 11.84
2 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 9.80

Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s CT Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 11.10 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 7.34
SF 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 13.33 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.46

2017 WSL Women’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Vans US Open of Surfing):

1 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 41,400 pts
2 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 39,900 pts
3 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 38,300 pts
4 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 34,750 pts
5 – Johanne Defay (FRA) 33,400 pts

Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS10,000 Final Results:

1 – Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 17.23
2 – Tomas Hermes (BRA) 11.10

Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS10,000 Semifinal Results:

SF 1: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 12.26 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 11.92
SF 2: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 11.84 def. Carlos Munoz (CRI) 10.70

Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS10,000 Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 13.30 def. Ricardo Christie (NZL) 11.83.
QF 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.43 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.10
QF 3: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 10.06 def. Michael February (ZAF) 5.17
QF 4: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 12.47 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.40

2017 WSL Men’s Qualifying Series Rankings (After Vans US Open of Surfing):
1 – Jesse Mendes (BRA) 22,700 pts
2 – Michael February (ZAF) 14,750 pts
3 – Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 13,310 pts
4 – Tomas Hermes (BRA) 13,010 pts
5 – Griffin Colapinto (USA) 12,380 pts

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WSL Set To Kick Off East Coast Vans Pro QS3,000 And Pro Junior Event

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/ USA (Monday, August 21, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) begins its East Coast takeover tomorrow, beginning with the Vans Pro Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 and Pro Junior that will run August 22 through 27. Some of the top QS contenders are in Virginia Beach, Virginia with 3,000 vital points on offer for those looking to make a leap toward Championship Tour (CT) qualification. This marks the seventh-straight year the 1st Street Jetty will host some of the Men’s QS elite which has crowned past winners such as Kolohe Andino (USA), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), and Kanoa Igarashi (USA).

Alongside the QS contingent, the Vans Pro Junior hosts some of North America’s next up-and-coming surfers as they compete against international talent for a chance at earning crucial points toward World Junior Championships qualification.

Evan Geiselman (USA) joined the exquisite list of QS winners after his victory last year — over hometown hero and former victor Michael Dunphy (USA). The New Smyrna Beach, Florida native continued a dream run year with a win here in 2016, after earning 6,000 points in Chiba, Japan earlier in the summer. Geiselman’s 2017 hasn’t quite yielded the results he’d like, aside from a win in Cocoa Beach. But, after claiming a Hurley Pro Trestles Trials win, he found more rhythm with a Round Five appearance at the Vans US Open of Surfing QS10,000 which moved him 18 spots to No. 44 on the QS.

“I’m really looking forward to Virginia Beach, especially being from the East Coast since it’s the biggest event on the coast and it’s always fun to compete here,” Geiselman said. “It was cool to win the trials for a spot into Lowers and make some heats at the US Open. I had a pretty slow start to this year, but feel like I’m starting to find some confidence for this back half of the season. So the plans like always — keep it light, fun and enjoy it and try to make as many heats as I can.”

Dunphy’s runner-up performance last year was his best since his victory in 2014 — a year that witnessed him contest for a CT qualification position heading into Hawaii. Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Dunphy now spends most of his time traveling or in New Smyrna Beach with family. But, the 27-year-old never forgets his roots and returns home for a shot at reclaiming his Vans Pro glory.

“Last year was a good run for me here and anytime you make a Final in an event I think you can walk away happy,” Dunphy said. “I felt my surfing was good and I was basically just one wave away from winning the event again. For me, Virginia Beach is just a special place even though I don’t spend much time here these days. It’s where I first learned to surf so all my early memories of surfing and competing come from 1st Street Jetty. When I won in 2014, with all my friends rushing me as I came in, that’s a day I will never forget. That event was the one that kickstarted my run of being close to qualifying. Hopefully I can find some momentum that same way this year, as I know I have only improved as a surfer since then.”

Stop No. 4 of the North America Pro Junior Tour has its own list of noteworthy winners such as 2016 North America Regional Champion Nolan Rapoza (USA) — who ended the Hawaiian reign. Both Seth and Josh Moniz (HAW), Kaito Kino (HAW), and Keanu Asing (HAW) all won in consecutive years beginning in 2012 after Nat Young (USA) earned a win at the inaugural Vans Pro Junior in 2011. It will be up to the likes of San Clemente, California’s newest upstart, Crosby Colapinto (USA), to secure another win away from the international field in appearance.

Colapinto’s second year on the Pro Junior Tour has yielded much more success than his debut year in 2016 with help of his older brother and current QS No. 5 Griffin Colapinto (USA). Now, he currently sits in a qualification spot toward the World Junior Championships with a chance to help solidify that position in Virginia Beach.

“I am very excited to see what is coming,” Colapinto said. “Being in a qualifying spot for Worlds is awesome because I think it will give me some confidence and momentum going into the last few contest. But, to keep this momentum up it will take a lot of hard work and training. I will also be running some fun heats with my brother [Griffin] and learn more heat strategies. A big change that I saw in my surfing on the competitive side is that I am more patient in the water and also I tend to not stress as much in heats. My brother and I like to go down to our local break ,T-Street and run heats to work on our strategy. Some goals that I would like to achieve would be to win a Pro Junior and make Worlds, and then be in a QS6,000 in about 2 years.”

The Vans Pro Men’s QS3,000 and Pro Junior will run August 22 through 27 in coordination with the historical East Coast Surfing Championships (ECSC) — the world’s second-longest running contest, now in its 55th year, behind Bells’ Beach.

For more information, please visit www.worldsurfleague.com or download the WSL App to receive updates on your mobile device.

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Vans Michoacan Shoe for Men

Vans Michoacan Shoe for Men


The Michoacan a relaxed loafer part of the SurfSiders line features canvas and textile uppers with premium detailing made with water-based inks and dyes. This laidback style has a removable and washable UltraCush Eco Footbed for an extra comfy fit and an ultra-flexible waste-free rubber outsole for lightweight durability. Soft textile uppers with contrasting eyestays and laces.Breathable textile lining for next-to-skin comfort.Removable and washable Vanslite footbed for cushy comfort.Vulcanized construction for a slimmed-out look.Durable rubber outsole with waffle tread design.
List Price: $ 52.00
Price: $ 52.00

Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) (Navy/True White) Kids Shoes

Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) (Navy/True White) Kids Shoes


The Classic Vans Kids shoe they can just Slip-On! ; Durable canvas upper. ; Colors or prints for eye-catching detail. ; Easy slip-on construction. ; Elastic, side goring detail for best fit. ; Smooth textile lining for all-day wear. ; Vulcanized outsole. ; Vans signature waffle outsole. ; Imported. Measurements: ; Weight: 8 oz ; Product measurements were taken using size 2 Little Kid, width M. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
List Price: 35.0
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Vans Kids – Disney Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) ((Disney) Wonderland Pink) Girls Shoes

Vans Kids – Disney Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) ((Disney) Wonderland Pink) Girls Shoes


The Disney magic they love is now the magically comfortable Vans Kids shoe they’ll love to slip-on!Vans and Disney come together for a magical collaboration that reimagines some of the most beloved and iconic animated characters.Durable canvas upper features allover Disney character print.Elastic goring for easy on and off.Lightly padded collar for added comfort.Vans flag label.Smooth textile lining for all-day wear.Vans signature waffle outsole.Imported. Measurements:Weight: 9 ozProduct measurements were taken using size 2 Little Kid, width M. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
List Price: 42.0
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Vans Kids – Disney Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) ((Disney) Minnie Mouse/Classic White) Girls Shoes

Vans Kids – Disney Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) ((Disney) Minnie Mouse/Classic White) Girls Shoes


The Disney magic they love is now the magically comfortable Vans Kids shoe they’ll love to slip-on!Vans and Disney come together for a magical collaboration that reimagines some of the most beloved and iconic animated characters.Durable canvas upper features allover Disney character print.Elastic goring for easy on and off.Lightly padded collar for added comfort.Vans flag label.Smooth textile lining for all-day wear.Vans signature waffle outsole.Imported.
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Vans Kids – Disney Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) ((Disney) Minnie Mouse/Classic White) Girls Shoes

Vans Kids – Disney Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) ((Disney) Minnie Mouse/Classic White) Girls Shoes


The Disney magic they love is now the magically comfortable Vans Kids shoe they’ll love to slip-on!Vans and Disney come together for a magical collaboration that reimagines some of the most beloved and iconic animated characters.Durable canvas upper features allover Disney character print.Elastic goring for easy on and off.Lightly padded collar for added comfort.Vans flag label.Smooth textile lining for all-day wear.Vans signature waffle outsole.Imported.
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Vans Kids – Disney Classic Slip-On (Toddler) ((Disney) Belle/True White) Girls Shoes

Vans Kids – Disney Classic Slip-On (Toddler) ((Disney) Belle/True White) Girls Shoes


The Disney magic they love is now the magically comfortable Vans Kids shoe they’ll love to slip-on!Vans and Disney come together for a magical collaboration that reimagines some of the most beloved and iconic animated characters.Durable canvas upper features allover Disney character print.Elastic goring for easy on and off.Lightly padded collar for added comfort.Vans flag label.Smooth textile lining for all-day wear.Vans signature waffle outsole.Imported.
List Price: 37.0
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Vans Kids – Disney Classic Slip-On (Toddler) ((Disney) Belle/True White) Girls Shoes

Vans Kids – Disney Classic Slip-On (Toddler) ((Disney) Belle/True White) Girls Shoes


The Disney magic they love is now the magically comfortable Vans Kids shoe they’ll love to slip-on!Vans and Disney come together for a magical collaboration that reimagines some of the most beloved and iconic animated characters.Durable canvas upper features allover Disney character print.Elastic goring for easy on and off.Lightly padded collar for added comfort.Vans flag label.Smooth textile lining for all-day wear.Vans signature waffle outsole.Imported.
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Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) (True White) Kids Shoes

Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) (True White) Kids Shoes


The Classic Vans Kids shoe they can just Slip-On!Durable canvas upper.Colors or prints for eye-catching detail.Easy slip-on construction.Elastic, side goring detail for best fit.Smooth textile lining for all-day wear.Vulcanized outsole.Vans signature waffle outsole.Imported. Measurements:Weight: 8 ozProduct measurements were taken using size 2 Little Kid, width M. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
List Price: 35.0
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Vans Women’s Ditsy Floral Brigata Slim Pewter 4.5 M US Men / 6 M US Women

Vans Women’s Ditsy Floral Brigata Slim Pewter 4.5 M US Men / 6 M US Women


The nautically inspired Ditsy Floral Brigata Slim has a durable four-eyelet canvas upper with an all-over ditsy floral print, classic boat shoe styling.upper: canvas low-cut silhouette elongated and double-stitched toe cap flexible vulcanized rubber outsole with waffle hexagon tread pattern EVA footbed
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Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) (True White) Kids Shoes

Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) (True White) Kids Shoes


The Classic Vans Kids shoe they can just Slip-On!Durable canvas upper.Colors or prints for eye-catching detail.Easy slip-on construction.Elastic, side goring detail for best fit.Smooth textile lining for all-day wear.Vulcanized outsole.Vans signature waffle outsole.Imported. Measurements:Weight: 8 ozProduct measurements were taken using size 2 Little Kid, width M. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
List Price: 35.0
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Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) (True White) Kids Shoes

Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) (True White) Kids Shoes


The Classic Vans Kids shoe they can just Slip-On!Durable canvas upper.Colors or prints for eye-catching detail.Easy slip-on construction.Elastic, side goring detail for best fit.Smooth textile lining for all-day wear.Vulcanized outsole.Vans signature waffle outsole.Imported. Measurements:Weight: 8 ozProduct measurements were taken using size 2 Little Kid, width M. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
List Price: 35.0
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Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) (True White) Kids Shoes

Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) (True White) Kids Shoes


The Classic Vans Kids shoe they can just Slip-On!Durable canvas upper.Colors or prints for eye-catching detail.Easy slip-on construction.Elastic, side goring detail for best fit.Smooth textile lining for all-day wear.Vulcanized outsole.Vans signature waffle outsole.Imported. Measurements:Weight: 8 ozProduct measurements were taken using size 2 Little Kid, width M. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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Vans Women’s Ditsy Floral Brigata Slim Pewter 6.5 M US Men / 8 M US Women

Vans Women’s Ditsy Floral Brigata Slim Pewter 6.5 M US Men / 8 M US Women


The nautically inspired Ditsy Floral Brigata Slim has a durable four-eyelet canvas upper with an all-over ditsy floral print, classic boat shoe styling.upper: canvas low-cut silhouette elongated and double-stitched toe cap flexible vulcanized rubber outsole with waffle hexagon tread pattern EVA footbed
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Vans Women’s Ditsy Floral Brigata Slim Pewter 7.5 M US Men / 9 M US Women

Vans Women’s Ditsy Floral Brigata Slim Pewter 7.5 M US Men / 9 M US Women


The nautically inspired Ditsy Floral Brigata Slim has a durable four-eyelet canvas upper with an all-over ditsy floral print, classic boat shoe styling.upper: canvas low-cut silhouette elongated and double-stitched toe cap flexible vulcanized rubber outsole with waffle hexagon tread pattern EVA footbed
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Vans Women’s Ditsy Floral Brigata Slim Pewter 8 M US Men / 9.5 M US Women

Vans Women’s Ditsy Floral Brigata Slim Pewter 8 M US Men / 9.5 M US Women


The nautically inspired Ditsy Floral Brigata Slim has a durable four-eyelet canvas upper with an all-over ditsy floral print, classic boat shoe styling.upper: canvas low-cut silhouette elongated and double-stitched toe cap flexible vulcanized rubber outsole with waffle hexagon tread pattern EVA footbed
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Vans Women’s Ditsy Floral Brigata Slim Pewter 8.5 M US Men / 10 M US Women

Vans Women’s Ditsy Floral Brigata Slim Pewter 8.5 M US Men / 10 M US Women


The nautically inspired Ditsy Floral Brigata Slim has a durable four-eyelet canvas upper with an all-over ditsy floral print, classic boat shoe styling.upper: canvas low-cut silhouette elongated and double-stitched toe cap flexible vulcanized rubber outsole with waffle hexagon tread pattern EVA footbed
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Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) (True White) Kids Shoes

Vans Kids – Classic Slip-On (Little Kid/Big Kid) (True White) Kids Shoes


The Classic Vans Kids shoe they can just Slip-On!Durable canvas upper.Colors or prints for eye-catching detail.Easy slip-on construction.Elastic, side goring detail for best fit.Smooth textile lining for all-day wear.Vulcanized outsole.Vans signature waffle outsole.Imported. Measurements:Weight: 8 ozProduct measurements were taken using size 2 Little Kid, width M. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
List Price: 35.0
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Vans Authentic Shoes Turkish Tile/True White

Vans Authentic Shoes Turkish Tile/True White


Vans Authentic Shoes Turkish Tile/True White on sale at TightBoards.comThe Authentics find their roots in the days leading up to the skate and BMX boom. They were the low-top lace-up casual shoe that would eventually find favor with wheeled athletes everywhere. Because of their comfort, their extreme durability, their good looks and the quality one gets for their very friendly price they quickly became a Vans standard that led to a whole family tree of like-minded kicks. Throughout our product line you will find the influence of the Authentic everywhere, from casual wear, to our most advanced performance shoes. Original Classics basic color styles, for more options check out the rest of the Authentics in various colors, fabrics and patterns.
List Price: $ 49.95
Price: $ 49.95

Vans: Vans Kids’: Vans Kids’ Shoes: Girls’

Vans: Vans Kids’: Vans Kids’ Shoes: Girls’


Vans: Vans Kids’: Vans Kids’ Shoes: Girls’: Vans: Vans Kids’: Vans Kids’ Shoes: Boys’: Vans: Vans Kids’: Vans Kids’ Shoes: Since 1966 Vans has been at the heart of skateboarding. That tradition continues with the wide range of styles of Vans shoes available today. Vans shoes boasts the most sought after and the largest collection of classics in the industry today. From the Vans Classic Slip-On to the Classic Authentic , Vans has put their signature on the skateboard and fashion world for over 40 years. With pro riders such as Geoff Rowley and Tony Trujillo, Vans has one of the most complete teams in the skate and snow industry. Vans shoes, Vans Watches and Vans snowboard boots continue to evolve through style and technology that provide riders with style, comfort and performance. At the core of Vans shoes are the athletes that help develop footwear that not only defines their individual style, but technologically push them to the parameters of their sports. So if you want your Vans Slip-Ons or any other Vans Core Classics, check out our Vans collection. You’ll surely be impressed.
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Vans Authentic Shoes Potent Purple/Black

Vans Authentic Shoes Potent Purple/Black


Vans Authentic Shoes Potent Purple/Black on sale at TightBoards.comThe Authentics find their roots in the days leading up to the skate and BMX boom. They were the low-top lace-up casual shoe that would eventually find favor with wheeled athletes everywhere. Because of their comfort, their extreme durability, their good looks and the quality one gets for their very friendly price they quickly became a Vans standard that led to a whole family tree of like-minded kicks. Throughout our product line you will find the influence of the Authentic everywhere, from casual wear, to our most advanced performance shoes. Original Classics basic color styles, for more options check out the rest of the Authentics in various colors, fabrics and patterns.
List Price: $ 44.95
Price: $ 44.95

Vans Atwood Textile Casual Shoes

Vans Atwood Textile Casual Shoes


Vans Atwood Textile Casual Shoes Stylish mens casual shoes by Vans constructed with a vulcanized rubber sole, front lace fastening and tonal seam stitching. These shoes feature contrasting laces, signature branding to the tongue, side and heel and bold panelling to the toe. Mens Casual Shoes > Vulcanized rubber sole > Lace fastening > Tonal stitching > Contrasting laces > Signature branding > Bold panelling > Manmade sole, textile upper/inner > Wipe with a clean damp cloth Find our latest range of Mens Casual Shoes available online at USC.co.uk.
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