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By: Adam Espino – Huntington Beach
Consistency was the name of the game during today’s Women’s Junior Pro. In two back-to-back rounds of competition, no one exemplified consistency better than Southern California local Meah Collins. Collins, although not the highest scorer of the day, tallied solid heat totals of 14.34 and 14.67 to advance to Saturday’s semifinal. Another California native, Frankie Harrer came out of the gate with a huge heat score of 16.23 in Round 1.
Despite strong performances by the Californians, two Hawaiians emerged as the young women to watch on Saturday. Hawaiians Mahina Maeda and Tatiana Weston-Webb scored 15.30 and 15.07 respectively to advance to the semifinal.
While the Junior Women dominated the afternoon, the Men’s Trials competitors put on several impressive performances in the morning. The top four Men’s Trials competitors [Cory Arrambide, Bino Lopes, Kai Barger, Santiago Muniz] will advance to tomorrow’s main event. One of those last names may sound familiar to US Open of Surfing fans—Santiago Muniz is the younger brother of last year’s overall Men’s champion Alejo Muniz.
Stay tuned for a full day of Men’s Prime competition on Monday. The first 18 heats of the Men’s Prime event will go off tomorrow from 7:30a-4:30p.
Brazil's Bino Lopes makes into the main event. Photo: Michael Lallande
Photo: Michael Lallande