Vans US Open of Surfing
BEACH, California/USA (Sunday, August 4, 2019) - The Vans US Open of Surfing
presented by Swatch, a World Surf League (WSL) Mens and Womens
Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 event, crowned Sage Erickson (USA) and Yago
Dora (BRA) its respective winners in solid, three-to-five foot (1 - 1.7
metre) swell with their awe-inspiring performances all week that culminated
in massive wins.
I shed a lot of tears when I came in from the water and I just want to say this is dedicated to my grandma who passed two weeks ago, Erickson said. Its crazy how it takes someone to leave for everything theyre about to really set in. A lot of the lessons and things she believed in me, I have to speak over myself here for a second for her and its just about the people you value in your life. Whether its your friends or your family or even the people you can make a mark on and encourage.
Erickson had to deal with an all-star cast to get to the Final that truly showed the importance of this event with the competitors involved -- defeating CT veteran Malia Manuel (HAW) and former Vans US Open winner Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) along the way.
To be home in California, have a heat against Courtney and to be 10,000 -- its more than just points, Erickson added. Its equal pay, its a prime, its a lot for us women and a big shout out to Jessi (Miley-Dyer) for believing in our sport and to Sophie (Goldschmidt) leading the WSL as a strong woman.
Dora came firing right out of the gates on finals day
The high-flying antics of Dora came firing right out of the gates on finals day with the days top single-scoring wave of a near-perfect 9.27 after soaring through the air and landing it smoothly. The Brasilian CT elite had to overcome one of the Vans US Opens most insatiable dark horses to date, Liam OBrien (AUS). Doras excellent 8.60 on yet another massive air-reverse before shooting through the pier to finish it off in the Final ultimately sealed his first-ever QS 10,000 victory.
It feels so incredible right now and I just want to thank everyone who showed up today -- its just amazing to surf in front of a huge crowd, Dora said. It gets me fired up to do my best and thats what I did today. I gave everything I had and it worked out for me. I just want to congratulate all the finalists and especially Liam, hes been surfing amazing.
This win skyrockets Dora 46 spots to No. 4 on the QS ranks and in a position to secure his CT spot for 2020 heading into a vital back-half of 2019. The 23-year-old decimated the hopes of now QS No. 1 Jorgann Couzinet's (FRA) opportunity of separating himself from the pack in the Semifinals and surviving a scare from former CT competitor Alex Ribiero (BRA) in the Quarterfinals. Now, the Brasilian sets his eyes on Tahiti for one of the CTs most sought-after events.
womens all-American Final had the crowd roaring for hometown hero
Conlogue with every turn as she hoped to claim an unprecedented back-to-back
title. But, it wasnt meant to be with Erickson in dominating form
throughout finals day that forced Conlogue into attempting hail mary airs
toward the end of the heat. Though a runner-up was disappointing for the
Santa Ana, California, native, her explosive air-reverse in Quarterfinal
Heat 1 against phenom Caroline Marks (USA) started the day off in amazing
fashion that carried through to the end and the recent Huntington Beach
Surfing Walk of Fame inductee can carry this momentum forward.
The Vans US Open can provide a platform for surfers to make their names known and Burleigh Heads, Australias, O'Brien did just that with jaw-dropping performances. OBrien helped eliminate event favorite, hometown hero and back-to-back defending event winner, Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) and CT competitor Jack Freestone (AUS) just two days prior before taking down Barron Mamiya (HAW) in the Quarterfinals and Californias last hope Griffin Colapinto (USA) in the Semifinals today.
will now look to finish the season off competing in the QS 10,000s and
currently finds himself in a qualification position.
the surfing, the Vans US Open of Surfing also hosts skateboarding and
BMX competitions alongside authentic community activations and artful
entertainment in Surf City USA.
US Open of Surfing pres. by Swatch Womens Final Results: