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Vans US Open of Surfing takes it to the people’s water

Lakey Peterson
Lakey Peterson
ASP/ Brandon Means

The Women’s Round 4, Men’s Round 3, and the Junior’s Quarterfinals took place in two to three foot waves on the south side of the historically rich Huntington Beach Pier. The women’s quarterfinalists were decided upon on Thursday, July 31, 2014. In a rookie showdown, the recovered Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) bested her replacement, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW). In a head to head battle, Nikki managed to pull ahead by .40 of a point. Other standouts included Tyler Wright (AUS) and California girl, Lakey Peterson. Lakey Peterson’s strategy of taking the rights paid off. Wright impressed with a striking 9.00 ride followed by a 8.67, leaving formidable opponent and fellow Australian competitor, Laura Enever in a combination situation.

Following the completion of Women’s Round 4, the Men’s Prime action returned for the non-elimination round. There were three men to a heat and eight heats total. Two of them must follow the competitive sequence; meanwhile, the winner skips a round. Heat one was a good start to the event. The crowd seemed to favor Josh Kerr (AUS). In heat two, the surfers were battling back to back for waves. Beyrick De Vries‘ (ZAF) air reversal was a definite highlight. Heat three certainly heated the competition up! Friends, Charles Martin (GLP) and Adam Melling (AUS) battled with Jordy Smith (ZAF), continuously answering each other back blow for blow. Following Smith’s opening wave, he increased his heat total early on with an added 6.0. Prior to the last twelve minutes of the heat, all three were evenly matched with near sixes for their highest heat score. It could have been anybody’s game. Underneath the Goodyear blimp and with one minute and ten seconds to go, Charles Martin, depicted in his blue rashie, ended with a tail reversal whilst throwing his fist up in excitement.

Throughout heat four, Keanu Asing (HAW) was a definite standout. He made all of his mom’s dreams come true on her birthday. He had impeccable rides. Asing received a 9.0 for his opener. However, the crowd disagreed with the judges, fully admiring his 7.73 ride. Keanu started the ride with a vertical, backside snap followed up with speed, power, and flow. Ultimately, he made the reform, coming dangerously close to the pile-on. He was greeted warmly by the Huntington Beach crowd. The Brazilians dominated the Men’s Prime event. Both Willian Cardoso and Jadson Andre advanced. Jadson, who dominated heat five, can be compared with last year’s victor and fellow countryman, Alejo Muniz. Riding with aggression, power, and speed earned him a high score of 9.6 and a well-deserved high heat total. Local boy, Brett Simpson battled with Australian, Bede Durbidge. Bede bettered Brett by .33, only a marginal amount. Unfortunately by the time the event realized heat eight, the wind was blasting the surf. In difficult conditions, Kolohe Andino (USA) managed put on an amazing performance, making the USA proud! A youthful professional surfer, Kolohe proved himself a formidable contender throughout the heat and the US leg of the ASP World Tour. The crowd favored the K’s: Kerr, Keanu, and Kolohe. They all had something in common. They chose to catch the reform and surf to the crowd-filled waterfront.

It truly is the people’s water in Huntington Beach! The hustle and bustle of the crowd roared with excitement, and even rare sightings occurred like the blue-footed booby of the surf world, an Al Merrick longboard making a debut in a free surfer’s hands. Proving this notion was Vans US Open sponsor, People Water. People Water, working in conjunction with Cause Mobile Wallet, gave back at the Vans US Open by selling reusable water bottles. The proceeds went towards helping a great cause, and the refills were free all day long! They helped to minimalize littering and to hydrate the crowd. If you had a bottle already, the water was free. They have several catchy slogans. However, Blake Nyman, Director of Business Development and Social Missions for People Water, passionately relayed how this brand revolutionizes the problems of eco water consumption: “If you are drinking out of a reusable water bottle and choose People Water, you are contributing to a larger cause. If you are drinking bottled water anyway and choose People Water, you are remaining eco aware.You are still contributing to a larger issue. You are encouraging more businesses to move into this sphere, making more contributions to social issues.” He went on to explain how their bottles are for “both kinds of people,” and that even those drinking out of their plastic water bottles can rest assured that they are made with a “65% smaller carbon footprint.”

From Women’s to Men’s to even Junior’s divisions, surfers are realizing the fundamental aspect of their performance is the people. The fundamental ideals of performing for a crowd and sustainability are paramount. As surfers take it to the water, Huntington is no exception.


Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 12.90 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 12.50
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.67 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 9.13
Heat 3: Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.10 def. Paige Lareb (NZL) 11.03
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.44 def. Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 11.83

Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s Quarterfinal Match-ups:
Quarterfinal 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Quarterfinal 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
Quarterfinal 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
Quarterfinal 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)

Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Mitch Crews (AUS) 15.60, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 14.36, Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.00
Heat 2: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 17.20, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 8.93, Tim Reyes (USA) 6.23
Heat 3: Charles Martin (GLP) 11.33, Adam Melling (AUS) 11.06, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 10.83
Heat 4: Keanu Asing (HAW) 16.73, Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 14.27, Bino Lopes (BRA) 9.23
Heat 5: Jadson Andre (BRA) 17.97, Matt Banting (AUS) 13.83, Michael Dunphy (USA) 13.40
Heat 6: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 14.06, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.50, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 9.50
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.77, Brett Simpson (USA) 14.43, Ryan Callinan (AUS) 9.50
Heat 8: Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.60, Garrett Parkes (AUS) 10.27, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 8.83

Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s Round 4 Match-ups:
Heat 1: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) vs. Tim Reyes (USA)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF)
Heat 3: Adam Melling (AUS) vs. Bino Lopes (BRA)
Heat 4: Aritz Aranburu (ESP) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat 5: Matt Banting (AUS) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat 6: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Michael Dunphy (USA)
Heat 7: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
Heat 8: Garrett Parkes (AUS) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)

Men’s Pro Junior Quarterfinals Results:
QF 1: Cam Richards (USA) 14.00, Skip McCullough (USA) 12.30, Jake Davis (USA) 12.20, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 8.57
QF 2: Matt Banting (AUS) 14.53, Luan Wood (BRA) 14.50, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 11.17, Koa Smith (HAW) 7.26
QF 3: Miguel Tudela (PER) 13.00, Yago Dora (BRA) 10.10, Taylor Clark (USA) 7.13, Kevin Schulz (USA) 4.07
QF 4: Joshua Moniz (HAW) 17.23, Nic Hdez (USA) 12.54, Jakey Kelley (USA) 10.84, Jake Halstead (USA) 7.90

The Vans US Open of Surfing runs through August 3, 2014 and is webcast LIVE via and

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