Sweep at Vans US Open in Mens and Womens Pro Junior, and
Duct Tape Invitational
BEACH, Calif./USA (Saturday, August 4, 2018) - The 2018 Vans US Open
of Surfing presented by Swatch crowned Zoe McDougall (HAW) and Barron
Mamiya (HAW) its 2018 Pro Junior winners, completing a back-to-back
Hawaii sweep of this event. Following Mamiyas incredible win,
the inaugural Womens Duct Tape Invitational witnessed Honolua
Blomfield (HAW) take the win.
The Womens Pro Junior Final was a fast-paced, sprint to the finish
as Californians Samantha Sibley (USA) and Kayla Coscino (USA) took on
Hawaiis Zoe McDougall (HAW) and Summer Macedo (HAW) for a shot
at winning the US Open title on home soil. McDougall and Macedo took
control of the heat, trading the lead multiple times until McDougalls
last effort in the dying minutes one aggressive, forehand maneuver that
earned her a 6.83 (out of a possible 10) to emerge victorious over her
atmosphere here is incredible and I couldnt imagine a better place
to take a win, McDougall said. The plan all along was to
be standing here and Im just so happy right now. I didnt
know I had that heat until the horn blew. All those girls were ripping
and just have Summer (Macedo) alongside me and to battle with her for
the win, that was so fun. I just cant wait to build off this,
itll definitely be a highlight for me and hopefully, someday Ill
be on the stage for the Womens Championship Tour.
Mamiyas opening wave fell just short of eventual runner-up Cole
Houshmands (USA) 7.00 (out of a possible 10) opener, but just
over the halfway mark the Oahu, Hawaii competitor launched out of the
Huntington Beach shorebreak and earned a 7.73 to jump into first --
a position he would not let go of despite valiant efforts from Kade
Matson (USA) and Alan Cleland (MEX). Houshmands last-ditch effort
in the final thirty-seconds fell short of the 7.40 requirement, earning
a 6.67, and solidified Mamiyas victory for Hawaiis second-straight
US Open Mens Pro Junior win.
super amped to keep this event title in Hawaii after coming into it
getting prepared for the QS, but to win is pretty special, Mamiya
said. There wasnt a lot of focus in the junior event since
its the first year Im really going for the QS and now Ill
take this confidence moving forward. I got a good result at the beginning
of this year, but Ive just been putting too much pressure on myself
thinking I have to do well that I lost sight on enjoying it. Once I
lost the QS, all the pressure was off and I just put everything into
my surfing so I think that shows.The CT is my dream and I want to get
Wrapping up an incredible first dose of Finals Day, reigning WSL Longboard
Champion Blomfield continues to display her dominance across all forms
of the sport with an inaugural Womens Duct Tape Invitational victory.
It was all good vibes in the water as Blomfield shared the podium with
runner-up, fellow Oahu competitor, Kelis Kaleoppa (HAW), third-place,
two-time WSL Longboard Champion Jennifer Smith (USA), and Longboard
CT competitor Kaitlin Maguire (USA). Blomfields 8.00, showcasing her
style and noseriding ability before a final turn on the inside cemented
her win before sharing a special moment with Kaleoppa.
was so fun and such an honor to be a part of, said Blomfield.
To win it is just that much more amazing,Sharing a Final
with a women like Jennifer (Smith), whos been such an impact on
the sport, Kaitlin (Maguire) that I get to surf against on the Tour,
and Kelis (Kaleoppa) is one my best friends, so it couldnt have
been better. The fact that Kelis and I got to ride a wave in together
was what that event represented for us -- just having a blast doing
what we love. I cant thank Joel (Tudor) and Vans enough for that
Before all the winners were crowned, a massive elimination day unfolded
for both the Womens Championship Tour and Mens Qualifying
Series 10,000 as they locked in their Quarterfinalists.
2015 US Open winner Johanne Defay (FRA) continues to show her incredible
ability of assessing conditions and putting herself on the best waves,
earning a 7.93 (out of a possible 10) against three-time WSL Champion
Carissa Moore (HAW), who also advanced, and fellow countrywoman Pauline
Ado (FRA). This marks Defays fourth Quarterfinal appearance of
2018 as she continues to build momentum from her win at Uluwatu toward
the back half of the season. Last season, this was the time of year
where the CT veteran began to stumble and Defay is looking to change
that moving forward.
felt like reading the waves was a weakness of mine as a junior coming
from Reunion Island where its a reefbreak and breaks in the same
place, but then going to Frances beachbreaks I was lost,
Defay said. Its something Ive worked on a lot and
now I feel that I can do well in tough conditions. Last year was a good
year and I dont really know what happened in the end. I had a
lot going on and my mind was a little bit everywhere instead of focusing
on the little things I do to prepare so Im just stoked to be where
I am this year, and want to finish strong.
Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) and Malia Manuel (HAW) nearly threw a wrench in
this years tight World Title race, putting current Jeep Rankings
Leader Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) on the ropes, but Gilmore showed her
grit and powered through over Manuel. It was a confidence boost for
Van Dijk, 2012 US Open Pro Junior winner, as she now heads into her
fourth Quarterfinal appearance of 2018.
current World No. 2 Lakey Peterson (USA) unleashed a powerful forehand
attack to earn an excellent 8.33, the highest single-scoring wave of
the Womens CT event so far. In the end, it was former US Open
winner Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) overcame Peterson for the heat win --
solidifying former US Open winners disrupting World Title contenders
heading into finals day.
I think anythings possible and you just have to be ready
for anything, Fitzgibbons said. Im definitely feeling
it and just love that after 12 years it still feels like my first US
Open. It doesnt really phase me too much whether youre matching
up against the top seeds of the moment or the lower ones. I find all
the battles are just so close and you have to bring your best surfing.
Courtney Conlogue (USA) finished out the womens Round 3 with her
second-consecutive heat win for a spot into her first Quarterfinal of
2018. The hometown hero overcame current World No. 3, and 2015 US Open
winner, Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) along with the in-form 16-year-old
phenom Caroline Marks (USA), her fourth of the season.
feeling great here in my hometown and the local support has been so
amazing, Conlogue said. Its good to get some heat
wins under my belt and Im feeling that momentum pick up a little
bit. But, its going to be stiff competition. Everyones fine-tuned
and there arent any weak links, which makes it exciting because
you dont have any easy heats. You have to go out and perform or
else youre walking home.
Conlogue will face World Title contender Peterson in a heavyweight,
The Vans US Open Mens QS Round 5 followed a nail-biting Womens
CT Round 5 and determined their Quarterfinalists in dynamic fashion.
After Kolohe Andino (USA) ended trials winner Reef Heazlewoods
(AUS) dream run, fellow San Clemente native Griffin Colapinto (USA)
lit up the tough conditions over 2015 WSL Champion Adriano De Souza
(BRA). Colapinto locked in an excellent 8.17 after completing his signature
air-reverse on the shorebreak and earning his first-ever US Open Quarterfinal
appearance where he will face Andino.
is a wave that the San Clemente boys surfed the most contests at growing
up and I think thats really helped us, Colapinto said. Im
really excited to surf against Brother (Andino) tomorrow, it sucks that
we have to surf against each other this early and wouldve been
great to have a Final or something, but itll be a lot of fun.
Being able to do well against a guy like Adriano (De Souza) gives me
a lot of confidence, hes a former World Champ and is super dangerous
so Ill enjoy that win and get ready for tomorrow.
Jorgann Couzinets (FRA) electrifying performance in Round 5 Heat
3 eliminated Cam Richards (USA) with an impeccable 15.50 heat total
and Dion Atkinson (AUS) kept the international dominance running for
another heat, sending Tanner Gudauskas (USA) out of the event.
But, the days most explosive moment came from current QS No. 2
Seth Moniz (HAW) as he soared out of the lip with a sky-high reverse
that the Oahu, Hawaii, surfer was able to recover from -- earning the
events highest score, a near-perfect 9.87. Moniz helped eliminate
one of the events top threats Evan Geisleman (USA) and is into
the Quarters with a chance of solidifying his spot among the CT next
was the craziest wave of a heat Ive ever had in my life,
Moniz said. I actually mistimed it a bit and kicked my board out
a little too high, and felt it separate completely from my feet. But,
I landed flat-backed and felt my feet grip and used that white water
push to get back to my feet -- I couldnt believe it. That was
a massive heat for points and getting a result here would be huge toward
qualifying, but theres more work to be done so I have to focus
on not making the little mistakes to make this Final.
Following that mind-blowing performance, all eyes were on the water
for one of the days most anticipated heats between defending event
winner, Huntington Beachs own, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) and current
2018 CT rookie Michael February (ZAF). Igarashi took over the heat with
vicious, forehand attacks that February couldnt muster a comeback
against and the Huntington Beach native finds himself in a third consecutive
Quarterfinal appearance at the US Open.
"Ever since I won last year all I've been able to think about was
how nice it would feel to go back-to-back," Igarashi said. "That's
all I'm going for and that's all I really care about at this point.
I thrive under the pressure of having my hometown here and wanting to
win this to keep it in the city again. Coming into two-man heats Im
not really focusing on the other guy, Seths (Moniz) air was insane
and that fired me up, but I was focused on the task at hand and Ill
be ready for the same tomorrow.
Also advancing into a crucial finals day at Huntington Beach, former
CT competitor Jadson Andre (BRA) took down current QS No. 1 Peterson
Another all-Brasilian affair featuring Italo Ferreira (BRA) and Michael
Rodrigues (BRA) witnessed the two CT competitors battle it out in Ferreiras
favor, but he suffered an injury and will undergo medical treatment
to reassess a potential Quarterfinal appearance.
Final Day of the Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch will continue
tomorrow starting at 7:30 a.m. local time. The event will be broadcast
LIVE on the WSLs Facebook page, WorldSurfLeague.com, and the WSL
app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL's broadcast
Surfline, forecast partner of the WSL, is calling for:
Well 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.
US Open Mens Pro Junior Final Results:
1 - Barron Mamiya (HAW) 14.40
2 - Cole Houshmand (USA) 13.67 750 points
3 - Alan Cleland (MEX) 11.13 560 points
4 - Kade Matson (USA) 10.27 525 points
Vans US Open Womens Pro Junior Final Results:
1 - Zoe McDougall (HAW) 12.36
2 - Summer Macedo (HAW) 11,83
3 - Samantha Sibley (USA) 10.33 560 points
4 - Kayla Coscino (USA) 7.80 525 points
Vans US Open Womens Duct Tape Invitational Final Results:
1 - Honolua Blomfield (HAW) 13.33
2 - Kelis Kaleoppa (HAW) 10.14
3 - Jennifer Smith (USA) 6.07
4 - Kaitlin Maguire (USA) 5.33
Vans US Open Women's CT Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.16, Carissa Moore (HAW) 10.90, Pauline
Ado (FRA) 7.87
Heat 2: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.54, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.46, Malia
Manuel (HAW) 10.07
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.60, Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.40, Coco
Ho (HAW) 12.00
Heat 4: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.90, Caroline Marks (USA) 11.70, Tatiana
Weston-Webb (BRA) 10.26
Vans US Open Womens 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 Mens QS Round 5 Results:
Heat 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.20 def. Reef Heazlewood (AUS) 8.84
Heat 2: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 14.00 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 13.27
Heat 3: Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) 15.50 def. Cam Richards (USA) 9.90
Heat 4: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 10.64 def. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 9.43
Heat 5: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.17 def. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 3.53
Heat 6: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 11.73 def. Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 6.80
Heat 7: Seth Moniz (HAW) 15.70 def. Evan Geiselman (USA) 13.50
Heat 8: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 14.33 def. Michael February (ZAF) 12.23
Vans US Open Mens 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)
Conlogue and Kanoa Igarashi claim Vans US Open wins
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) Womens
Championship Tour (CT) and Mens Qualifying Series (QS) divisions,
Conlogues 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. Conlogues win also
comes after a sidelining foot injury sustained earlier this season.
Its not been the easiest road to recovery, but I fought
through it all and now Im standing here on top of the podium.
Its unbelievable, Conlogue said. I just have so many
amazing people supporting me right now and Im loving everything.
Im loving surfing and thats so refreshing. But, to share
such an amazing Final with Steph (Gilmore) was incredible and Ive
just been in awe of her surfing this week. I love performing for my
home crowd. Theres nothing like having my family and friends here
supporting me. Its so much fun and such a challenge just with
the expectation of wanting to perform, its been an amazing journey
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 sports 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 Im
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 Im
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.
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 crowds 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 Beachs 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 Ive 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.
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. Colapintos
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.
Ive never won a QS event so thats a hard one to swallow,
but it still leaves me with a bunch of fire so Im really excited
to just keep working hard, Colapinto said. My favorite moment
of this event was in that Final. I think thats one of the best
back-to-back exchanges Ive ever had in a heat so thats all
I really care about. Ill 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 didnt fall
and I just have to keep putting myself out there and Ill have
to stay ready for when that time comes.
Also earning big results for the Mens QS, Jadson Andre (BRA) got
a pass through the Quarterfinals due to Italo Ferreiras (BRA)
injury before falling to eventual winner Igarashi. As well as Jorgann
Couzinet (FRA), who delivered the days 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.
US Open Womens CT Final Results:
1 - Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.83 10,000 points
2 - Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.86 8,000 points
Vans US Open Womens 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 Womens 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 Womens 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 Mens QS Final Results:
1 - Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 15.77 10,000 points
2 -: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 15.00 8,000 points
Vans US Open Mens 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 Mens 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 Mens 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
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