Huntington Beach's Kanoa Igarashi is a man on a mission. Photo: WSL / Morris
Jul 28, 2016

Local Knowledge Plays a Factor on Men’s QS Round 3

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Thursday, July 28, 2016) - Following the conclusion of Women’s Round 4, the Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS10,000 corralled through Round 3, Heats 3-12 to have Round 4 draws set for tomorrow. All eyes were on the water with the incredible amount of talent remaining in the field of competitors.

Hometown hero Kanoa Igarashi (USA) returned to the water in the most anticipated heat of Round 3 as he took on Conner Coffin (USA), Jordy Smith (ZAF), and Joan Duru (FRA). Posting two excellent-scoring rides with an 8.20 and 8.00, the 18-year-old was in his comfort zone and relentless alongside fellow CT competitors. Igarashi’s work is nowhere near to done as he looks to earn his first professional win at his local break.

“Last year I would’ve been so flustered going into that heat, but after getting experience competing against them it just felt like another CT heat with four guys instead of three,” Igarashi said. "Everything went my way and I was just having fun out there. Every time I’m out there I feel connected with HB and just in the zone, it’s super exciting to be surfing back home again. I feel really good out here with my friends and family supporting me, it’s just such a good feeling having them with me. I’m just soaking up the whole weekend at home and being able to see everyone since this is really the first time I’ve been home for more than a few days.”

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Torrey Meister (HAW) continued to show he’s prepared to create a stir at this year’s event, beating CT rookie Matt Banting (AUS) and yesterday’s standout Evan Geiselman (USA). Meister’s been on a competitive binge this season, making appearances at the Ballito Pro, Ichinomiya Chiba Open, and two Australian events but hasn’t posted a result worth keeping.

“I never feel like I have it on lock out there with those guys in my heat being some of the best surfers around,” Meister said.” They really didn’t need a big score so I was just hanging on. They’re just so good and get the score on demand, I’ve known some of these guys for a really long time so I’m never comfortable despite a lead. I was just trying to keep priority but at the last thirty seconds I felt good and paddled for that last wave thinking I got this.”

Torrey Meister making the best out of the conditions. Photo: WSL / Morris

The Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s Junior event got back in the water to complete their talent-stacked Quarterfinals. With the Semifinal draws set, have their final day competition locked in for Sunday to see who will be crowned this year’s champion.

Ethan Ewing (AUS) is pulling double duty and remains in both the QS and Junior competition. The young competitor will not have a break between events as he will charge for two strong finishes in Huntington Beach. Posting the highest single-wave score, 8.67, and heat total of 15.84 despite the challenging conditions on offer for the final goings of the day.

Ethan is a popular man in HB. Photo: WSL / Van Kirk

“I just want to have fun, not too much to it out there so I just had the watch the waves for awhile before my heat,” Ewing said. “Today’s not a day that you can stay too patient so I just wanted to get a quick start. Once I got two alright scores I just waited for a good one. It’s been really fun. Super different from any other comp I’ve been to with all the spectators. Got two really good boards. Trying to get really excited and motivated to surf these smaller waves and show what I’m capable in these types of conditions.”

Joining Ewing in the Semifinals will be Yuji Mori (JPN), who earned the runner-up in the opening heat behind the Australian. Also, Kei Kobayashi (USA), Nolan Rapoza (USA), Ryland Rubens (USA), Luis Diaz (CNY), Jake Marshall (USA), and Christopher Kervin (USA) will all do battle on Sunday for the 2016 Vans US Open of Surfing Title.

Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS10,000 Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1:
Keanu Asing (HAW), Mitch Coleborn (AUS), Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 2: Hiroto Ohhara (JPN), Ethan Ewing (AUS), Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 3: Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Nathan Yeomans (USA), Kiron Jabour (HAW)
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Stuart Kennedy (AUS), Davey Cathels (AUS)
Heat 5: Bino Lopes (BRA), Conner Coffin (USA), Matt Banting (USA)
Heat 6: Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Torrey Meister (HAW)
Heat 7: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Deivid Silva (BRA)
Heat 8: Carlos Munoz (CRI), Brett Simpson (USA), Maxime Huscenot (FRA)

Vans US Open of Surfing Men’s QS10000 Round 3 Results:
Heat 3:
Ryan Callinan (AUS) 11.67, Mitch Crews (AUS) 11.04, Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.90, Kolohe Andino (USA) 10.26
Heat 4: Sebastian Zeitz (HAW) 13.36, Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 12.84, Charly Martin (GLP) 12.83, Jesse Mendes (BRA) 8.26
Heat 5: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 13.37, Davey Cathels (AUS) 12.73, Mihimana Braye (PYF) 10.73, Nomme Mignot (FRA) 10.37
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 11.93, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 11.33, Granger Larsen (HAW) 10.94, Tom Whitaker (AUS) 4.00
Heat 7: Bino Lopes (BRA) 14.00, Griffin Colapinto (USA) 13.63, Billy Stairmand (NZL) 12.33, Yago Duru (BRA) 8.83
Heat 8: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 16.20, Coffer Coffin (USA) 13.26, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.63, Joan Duru (FRA) 10.60
Heat 9: Torrey Meister (HAW) 14.00, Matt Banting (AUS) 12.63, Evan Geiselman (USA) 12.17, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 10.46
Heat 10: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.73, Brett Simpson (USA) 13.97, Jeremy Flores (USA) 8.26, Santiago Muniz (ARG) 8.17
Heat 11: Deivid Silva (BRA) 13.43, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 11.76, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 11.07, Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 11.03
Heat 12: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 10.17, Michel Bourez (PYF) 7.73, Pedro Henrique (PRT) 6.10, Jack Freestone (AUS)