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By: Adam Espino -- Huntington Beach
As the swell continued to die down today, the surf competitors fought desperately to capitalize on the few waves that rolled in to surf stadium today. For the first time all week, every surf division competed today--Men’s, Women’s, Juniors, and Longboarders.
Men’s Round 5 went off first this morning with narrow victories for Willian Cardoso and Adam Melling. Cardoso, showing his frustration in the water, was unaware that he had come out on top until paddling back in to the beach. The Round’s standouts were Jordy Smith and Filipe Toledo. Smith, demonstrating his ability as a top competitor, made the best possible use of the small surf on his way to a 17.17 heat score. Filipe Toledo was forced to get creative, taking advantage of the smallest ramps to boost his signature airs.
Hawaiian Bailey Nagy took the Women’s Pro Junior title with a heat score of 14.17. Matt Banting, who also competed well in the Men’s Prime main event, won the Men’s Pro Junior. Banting posted an impressive 9.00 wave score on his way to a 14.83 overall heat score.
Repeat champion Justin Quintal won the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational handily.
The bowl hosted the Van Doren Invitational skate finals to close out the day. In five consecutive jams, the competitors put on a show for the jam-packed venue with 21 year-old Raven Tershy taking home the win.
The Joel Tudor Vans Duct Tape Invitational finalists. Photo: Michael Lallande