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By: Adam Espino -- Huntington Beach
During the past seven days of competition, point spreads in individual surf heats have tightened significantly as the field of professional surf competitors has narrowed. In four of the eight total men’s heats in Men’s Prime Round 4 today the point spreads were smaller than one point. This is a testament to both the heightened level of competition and the grittiness of the remaining surfers.
Men’s Round 4 was followed by the Junior Women’s Semifinal. The top four female surfers from today’s two heats advanced into Saturday’s final. The high overall heat score was posted by Hawaiian Brianna Cope. Cope, along with fellow Hawaiians Bailey Nagy, Mahina Maeda, and California native Meah Collins will compete tomorrow.
The swell subsided in the afternoon, which would have been a problem if it was not for the presence of the longboarders in the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational presented by Pacifico. The longboarders excelled in the small surf, catching double-digit waves over the course of their heats.
Men’s competition began in the concrete bowl today as the Van Doren Invitational BMX and Skate contests commenced. The jam format pit multiple competitors against each other, skating and riding in the bowl simultaneously. High scores were posted by Dennis Enarson and Chase Hawk in BMX. Vincent Matheron put on an impressive performance in jam number 2 of the skate contest.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the final weekend of the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing featuring Junior Men’s and Junior Women’s surf finals, Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational finals, as well as Van Doren Invitational Skate finals.