The highly anticipated Vans US Open of Surfing kicked off Saturday, July 20 with an exciting day of Men’s Junior Pro competition. In 3-5' peaky surf, two rounds of waves, and 64 competitors, 16 surfers advanced to the quarterfinals, among them Huntington Beach locals Kanoa Igarashi and Derek Peters. Women's Junior Pro commenced on Sunday, July 21, with a few O.C. locals of their own.
Check out the following O.C. local groms participating in the ASP sanctioned event.
Colin Moran (Costa Mesa)
Colin Moran of Newport Harbor High School scored a 11.44 in Round 1. The Costa Mesa local is the winner of the Surf League Championship held in Upper Trestles earlier this year.
Ian Crane (San Clemente)
After finishing in second place in the Round 1 of the US Open of Surfing, the San Clemente local scored a 9.53 in Round 2, coming in 3rd place in his heat.
Shelby Detmers (Newport Beach)
Newport Beach local, Shelby Detmers finished Round 1 in second place with a score of 9.77. However, the US Open vet had a rough go in the quarterfinals. One thing's for sure, Detmers is one of the O.C.'s promising groms.
Derek Peters (Huntington Beach)
Derek Peters went head-to-head with fellow Huntington Beach local Kanoa Igarashi in Round 1 at US Open of Surfing. Peters then dominated his heat in Round 2 with a winning score of 14.06.
Kanoa Igarashi (Huntington Beach)
he 15-year old from Huntington Beach loves his home turf. After winning his heat in Round 1 with a dominating 13.60 score, Igar came back and killed it in Round 2 with a winning score of 10.53.
Meah Collins (Newport Beach)
Newport's pint-size surfer is a big name here in the O.C. Like Igar, Meah is the future of West Coast surfing. She finished 4th in her heat in the Quarters with a score of 6.33.