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Caption: Jackson Butler of Southern California boosting a big air at the Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch. Credit: © WSL / Morris
Jul 28, 2018

MEN’S PRO JUNIOR KICKS OFF OPENING DAY OF VANS US OPEN OF SURFING

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif./USA (Saturday, July 28, 2018) - The Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch kicked off today with the first two rounds of the Men’s Pro Junior event. Surfing’s next generation put on a great performance for the weekend crowd at the US Open, narrowing the under-18 men’s field to the Top 16 competitors who will later compete in the event’s Quarterfinals. 

San Clemente’s Cole Houshmand (USA) earned the first Quarterfinal entry of the men’s Pro Junior after winning his first two heats on the Southside of the Huntington Beach Pier. With his Round 2 win, Houshmand eliminated reigning WSL World Junior Champion Finn McGill (HAW).

“Being down here at the US Open means a lot,” said Houshmand. “I look forward to this contest every year. It being only thirty minutes away from my house is a huge bonus. This is definitely one of my favorite contests. Everything has been going really well - I won my first two heats. I am happy with my performance so far. Today was great practice for the trials because I think the conditions will be similar tomorrow. The stakes will be a lot bigger - there will be older guys competing - I just have to take the confidence from today and use it for tomorrow.”

Kade Matson (USA) is another California local who found success in both of his opening heats today. Matson, who also represents San Clemente, dispatched France’s Marco Mignot (FRA) and Max Beach (USA) in Round 2 Heat 3.  Luckily for Matson, his best friend Crosby Colapinto (USA) earned second place in the same heat and will also advance to the Quarterfinals. 

“The first couple of rounds are always kind of stressful,” said Matson. “If you make it, you get to skip a few days and rest up for the Quarters. It is always good to get the first couple of heats out of the way. The waves are not too good but it felt good to get a couple of good ones. This is my favorite event and the biggest event for the Juniors. I feel really at home here. It is so cool to surf a heat against your best friend, and for both of you to make it is extra special.”

Unlike the California locals competing in this event, today was Mateus Herdy’s (BRA) first time ever competing in Huntington Beach. The Brazilian looked at home with his powerful turns and big aerial maneuvers in the challenging beach break conditions, to advance to the Quarterfinals. 

“This is my first time here in Huntington Beach,” said Herdy. “That was my first event, my first two heats here. I am so happy to be here. All of my friends were telling me that here is a really good place and the waves are really fun and match with my type of surfing. I am so happy to be here competing and make good waves in these hard conditions, but it is still so fun. I am still figuring out how the wave works. Hopefully, I will come back here every year of my life.”  

The Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) Trials will run tomorrow starting at 8:00 a.m. PST. 

Starting Monday, July 30, the Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch will be broadcast LIVE on the WSL’s Facebook page, WorldSurfLeague.com, and the WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL's broadcast partners.

Surfline, forecast partner of the WSL, is calling for:

The first several days of the event window are looking relatively slow with a minor blend of Southern Hemisphere swells and local NWwindswell on offer. Heading through the end of next week into the final weekend of the event window we anticipate a slightly better mix of new SSW swell and NW windswell. Full Surf Report

Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s Pro Junior Round 1 Results: 

Heat 1: Finn McGill (HAW) 10.07, Bo Raynor (USA), 8.57, Nick Marshall (USA) 8.30, Jojo Whelan (USA) 8.20
Heat 2: Cole Houshmand (USA) 13.44, Taj Lindblad (USA) 13.40, Kyuss King (AUS) 12.94, Laird Myers (USA) 10.47
Heat 3: Jackson Butler (USA) 11.23, Keanu Kamiyama (JPN) 9.94, Ethan Mudge (USA) 8.03, Will Grossarth (USA) 3.80
Heat 4: Kauli Vaast (FRA) 12.43, Ryan Huckabee (USA) 9.36, Eno James (GBR) 6.97, Shane Frontino (USA) 6.40
Heat 5: Crosby Colapinto (USA) 13.27, Jett Schilling (USA) 11.53, Kyle Tester (USA), 8.36, Rodney Buck III (USA) 3.27
Heat 6: Kade Matson (USA) 11.43, Chase Modelski (USA) 11.10, Griffin Foy (USA) 8.60, Nolan Rodgers (USA) 6.80
Heat 7: Eithan Osborne (USA) 15.17, Max Beach (USA) 8.93, Caleb Rapson (BRB) 8.43, Caleb Crozier (USA) 8.14
Heat 8: Micha Cantor (USA) 9.00, Marco Mignot (FRA) 7.80, Jake Vandenburg (USA) 7.40, Mick Davey (USA) 4.33
Heat 9: Joh Azuchi (JPN) 13.84, Malakai Martinez (CRI) 11.16, Dylan Hord (USA) 9.00, Alex Fry (USA) 5.40
Heat 10: Wyatt McHale (HAW) 13.44, Taro Watanabe (USA) 11.83, Jeff Proodian (USA) 8.23, Keanu Igarashi (USA) 7.44
Heat 11: Tyler Gunter (USA) 12.50, Alan Cleland (MEX) 10.70, Sebastian Mendes (USA) 9.94, Riley Morgan (USA) 6.33
Heat 12: Blake Speir (USA) 13.40, Jhonny Guerrero (PER) 13.03, Levi Slawson (USA) 12.00, Jacob Burke (BRB) 7.40
Heat 13: Hagan Johnson (USA) 7.73, Barron Mamiya (HAW) 5.90, London Almida (USA) 5.54, Italo Mesinas (USA) 3.44
Heat 14: Tommy Coleman (USA) 12.66, Logan Kamen (USA) 8.57, Keanu Miller (AUS) 7.83, Ben Wingate (USA) 2.73
Heat 15: Mateus Herdy (BRA) 14.80, Justin Becret (FRA) 10.00, Micah Crozier (USA) 7.87, Axe Garrett (BRB) 4.56
Heat 16: Dimitri Poulos (USA) 12.83, Liam Murray (USA) 9.30, Nicholas Coli (USA) 9.03, Logan Hofstetter (USA) 6.13

Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s Pro Junior Round 2 Results: 

Heat 1: Cole Houshmand (USA) 14.60, Keanu Kamiyama (JPN) 14.17, Ryan Huckabee (USA) 9.87, Finn McGill (HAW) 9.07
Heat 2: Jackson Butler (USA) 14.14, Bo Raynor (USA) 11.63, Kauli Vaast (FRA) 11.34, Taj Lindblad (USA) 8.90
Heat 3: Kade Matson (USA) 12.17, Crosby Colapinto (USA) 11.20, Marco Mignot (FRA) 10.23, Max Beach (USA) 8.67
Heat 4: Jett Schiling (USA) 11.93, Ethan Osborne (USA) 9.33, Chase Modelski (USA) 8.53, Micha Cantor (USA) 3.94
Heat 5: Joh Azuchi (JPN) 11.10, Alan Cleland (MEX) 9.94, Wyatt McHale (HAW) 9.67, Jhonny Guerrero (PER) 8.93
Heat 6: Blake Speir (USA) 11.93, Malakai Martinez (CRI) 10.40, Taro Watanabe (USA) 10.34, Tyler Gunter (USA) 9.83
Heat 7: Tommy Coleman (USA) 12.33, Hagan Johnson (USA) 10.56, Liam Murray (USA) 10.40, Justin Becret (FRA) 7.43
Heat 8: Mateus Herdy (BRA) 13.97, Barron Mamiya (HAW) 13.40, Dimitri Poulos (USA) 12.83, Logan Kamen (USA) 8.43

Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s Pro Junior Quarterfinal Matchups:

QF 1: Cole Houshmand (USA), Crosby Colapinto (USA), Jackson Butler (USA), Eithan Osborne (USA)
QF 2: Kate Matson (USA), Keanu Kamiyama (JPN), Jett Schilling (USA), Bo Raynor (USA)
QF 3: Joh Azuchi (JPN), Hagan Johnson (USA), Blake Speir (USA), Barron Mamiya (HAW)
QF 4: Tommy Coleman (USA), Alan Cleland (MEX), Mateus Herdy (BRA), Malakai Martinez (CRI



Recognized as the largest professional sports competition and action sports festival in the world, the Vans US Open of Surfing is currently sanctioned and operated by the World Surf League under license from IMG, the event owner. Official partners of this year's event include Vans, Swatch, Jeep, Airbnb, Michelob ULTRA, Hydro Flask, LifeProof, Jose Cuervo, Barefoot Wine, Woolmark, BF Goodrich, Harley-Davidson, Peet’s Coffee, Red Bull, U.S. Army, Slowtide, CLIF Bar, U.S. Marine Corps, Let it Block Sunscreen, Tea of a Kind, Flowater, and Frontier Communications.  

For more information, including continued updates and scheduling, please visit VansUSOpenofSurfing.com.

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