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By: Adam Espino -- Huntington Beach
The Men’ Prime competitors powered through 18 heats of action today with the top two scorers in each heat advancing to Tuesday’s Round of 48. Light showers and fog persisted through most of the morning. Soggy weather did not affect Mitch Crews, CJ Hobgood, Tanner Gudauskas, and Aritz Aranburu who put on impressive performances this morning.
In Heat 7 of the day, Brazilian Willian Cardoso snuck by young Australian Jack Freestone in the final minutes of the heat to join his heatmate Araunburu in Round 2.
With a high wave score of 9.13, Vincent Duvignac of France topped Heat 9 competitors that included Keanu Asing and Heitor Alves. Australian Perth Standlick and Brazilian Wiggolly Dantas started the afternoon with impressive heat totals of 14.30 and 13.57 in Heat 11. The 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing will have a new champion this year, as last year’s champion Alejo Muniz was bested by Dane Reynolds and Alex Ribeiro in Heat 15.
All eyes will be on Huntington Beach local Kanoa Igarashi who, pulling double duty and competing in both the Men’s and Junior Men’s competitions, received the highest heat score of the day in Heat 17.
In addition to Men’s Prime Round 1, the bowl played host to Industry Skate Day and a warm-up session for tomorrow’s women’s skate competition.
Remember to come down to the HB Pier amphitheater tonight to catch a showing of Despicable Me 2 hosted by Vans at 6:30p.