HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif./USA (Sunday, July 29, 2018) - The Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch will welcome Reef Heazlewood (AUS) into the World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) event after winning the Trials today in two-to-three foot (0.6 - 1 metre) waves at the southside of the Huntington Beach Pier.
Heazlewood took down a tough 32-man field, made up of local talent, up-and-comers, and international challengers to earn entry into the men’s QS 10,000 event. Heazlewood now has the opportunity to compete against some of the world’s top male surfers tomorrow in the opening heat of men’s Round 1.
The Final witnessed Heazlewood take on Californians Kevin Schulz (USA) and Kade Matson (USA), and Brazilian David do Carmo in front of the massive Southern California crowd. To win the day, Heazlewood scored a solid 7.50 (out of a possible 10) and a 6.47 against his rivals. American Schulz came close but was unable to close the 2.67-point gap for the win.
“I am pretty excited,” said Heazlewood. “I probably shouldn’t be as excited as I am because I feel like I’ve just won the contest and I have the first heat of the event tomorrow. I just need to reset after this and get ready for tomorrow. I plan to get some good sleep and good rest to be ready to fire up for tomorrow.
“I came here last year and got second in the Pro Junior event. I feel like I’ve got a good connection with the wave. I’ve got some really good people with me, my mum and some coaches. To see the hard work pay off is the best feeling. I am looking forward to hopefully keeping on going tomorrow and to get through some rounds.”
The Vans US Open of Surfing will continue tomorrow with the women’s CT Trials at 7:00 a.m., followed by the first two rounds of the men’s QS (Round 1 H1-8, Round 2 H1-8).
Starting at 7:35 a.m. PST, Heazlewood will be first up in the men’s QS event against Imaikalani deVault (HAW), Kei Kobayashi (USA), and Kalani Ball (AUS).
Starting tomorrow, 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:
Surf trends down the first several days of the event window with a minor blend of Southern Hemisphere swells and local NW windswell 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 swells and NW windswell. Initial energy from a pair of SW/SSW and S/SSE swells looks to creep up on the last day of the window.
Kevin Schulz of USA finished second in the US Open of Surfing Trails in Huntington Beach, CA, USA © WSL / Morris
Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS Trials Final Results:
1 - Reef Heazlewood (AUS) 13.97
2 - Kevin Schulz (USA) 11.30
3 - Kade Matson (USA) 6.74
4 - David do Carmo (BRA) 6.43
Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS Trials Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Kade Matson (USA) 11.67, Reef Heazlewood (AUS) 11.50, Cory Arrambide (USA) 9.57, Kilian Garland (USA) 4.37
SF 2: David do Carmo (BRA) 14.33, Kevin Schulz (USA) 10.14, Shane Sykes (ZAF) 9.56, Eithan Osborne (USA) 8.90
Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS Trials Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Reef Heazlewood (AUS) 12.10, Cory Arrambide (USA) 11.97, Michael Dunphy (USA) 11.87, Cole Houshmand (USA) 10.57
QF 2: Kilian Garland (USA) 12.97, Kade Matson (USA) 10.10, Josh Burke (BRB) 9.80, Nolan Rapoza (USA) 7.44
QF 3: David do Carmo (BRA) 13.57, Kevin Schulz (USA) 12.10, Makai McNamara (HAW) 10.30, Billy Stairmand (NZL) 7.67
QF 4: Eithan Osborne (USA) 12.84, Shane Sykes (ZAF) 12.03, Adrien Toyon (FRA) 10.94, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 9.04
Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS Trials Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Reef Heazlewood (HAW) 13.40, Kilian Garland (USA) 12.36, Jett Schilling (USA) 11.67, Skip McCullough (USA) 9.33
Heat 2: Cory Arrambide (USA) 10.37, Nolan Rapoza (USA) 10.16, Manuel Selman (CHL) 10.07, Leandro Usuna (ARG) 8.96
Heat 3: Josh Burke (BRB) 13.60, Cole Houshmand (USA) 13.24, Robson Santos (BRA) 10.97, Crosby Colapinto (USA) 10.56
Heat 4: Kade Matson (USA) 15.50, Michael Dunphy (USA) 12.13, Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 10.67, Jhonny Guerrero (PER) 7.74
Heat 5: Billy Stairmand (NZL) 13.17, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 12.33, Jack Robinson (AUS) 11.60, Alan Cleland (MEX) 9.64
Heat 6: David do Carmo (BRA) 12.40, Eithan Osborne (USA) 12.20, Jack Marshall (USA) 8.94, Matt Passaquindici (USA) 7.54
Heat 7: Shane Sykes (ZAF) 12.73, Malakai McNamara (HAW) 12.40, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 11.06, Tyler Gunter (USA) 10.77
Heat 8: Adrien Toyon (FRA) 12.83, Kevin Schulz (USA) 11.70, Mihimana Braye (PYF) 8.70, Jack Boyes (USA) 8.33
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