Stephanie Gilmore debuts in top form. Photo: Michael Lallande
Jul 29, 2014

Day 4 Recap - Stephanie Gilmore Leads the Pack

By: Adam Espino -- Huntington Beach

Men’s Surf, Women’s Surf, Women’s Skate

The first day of multi-sport professional competition got off to a quick start this morning in surf stadium with Men’s and Women’s surf followed by the Van Doren Invitational Women’s Skate contest in the concrete bowl this afternoon.

Itching to compete in the Men’s Prime main event, the final six heats of Round 1 competitors took the water at 7:30am.  While inconsistent conditions proved troublesome for surf competitors throughout the day, several surf athletes put on impressive performances.

Brazilian Peterson Crisanto got vertical in Heat 22, boosting massive airs on his way to a 15.04 heat score.  Bringing a close to Round 1, California native Kolohe Andino posted the highest Men’s heat score of the morning with a 15.27.

Following the conclusion of Round 1, spectators got their first look at the women of the ASP Women’s World Championship tour.  During six heats of intense action, Stephanie Gilmore proved to be the standout competitor.  Gilmore powered her way to a 15.77 heat score by connecting outside and inside sections with relentless persistency.

The water glassed off a bit for the first four heats of Men’s Prime Round 2, with conditions souring a bit during the final two heats.  Strength trumped finesse as two relentless South Africans--Beyrick De Vries and Jordy Smith--joined powerful Brazilian Willian Cardoso atop their respective heats.

At 4:00p the bowl hosted the Van Doren Invitational Women’s Skate contest.  Lizzie Armanto topped a field of top Women’s competitors on her way to a first place finish.

The pier amphitheater hosted the second of two Vans Movie Nights with a showing of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at 6:30p.