Beyrick De Vries: vertical approach | Photo: Michael Lallande/US Open of Surfing

The 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing has entered Round 2, at Huntington Beach Pier, California.

South African surfer Beyrick De Vries managed to secure an important place in Round 3, after winning his heat against Mitch Crews, Nathan Yeomans and Miguel Pupo.

"When I was out there, it was mellow because I got my two waves very fast and I was able to relax in the last half of the heat. Nate is really good and then with Mitch and Miguel, they're on the CT, and you know they are going to get scores so I couldn't relax that much," says De Vries.

Willian Cardoso got the most out of the small waves on offer to beat Maxime Huscenot, CJ Hobgood and Tanner Gudauskas. He's in Round 3, too.

"I just try and find the good ones and put some power behind it. Moving through that Round 2 is important, and it's one of my better results of the year so I'm stoked to make it through. I want to get back on the WCT," sats Cardoso.

Meanwhile, the world's best female surfers also paddled out. Stephanie Gilmore, former US Open of Surfing champion, capitalized on excellent wave selection and did not stumble, posting the day's highest two-wave heat total of 15.77 for the win.

"My strategy was to go out there and stay active, but you also have to have an open mind and look at waves that might not be an option when you're free surfing," explains Gilmore.

Carissa Moore, defending US Open of Surfing champion, continued her successful run at Huntington Beach. Moore claimed a Round 1 win with a pair of modest scores, securing a Round 3 berth in the process.

"You have half an hour and I was watching the waves and knew there would be some lulls. All of the girls are surfing really well, and you have to look at what they're doing for inspiration," concludes Moore.

Vans US Open of Surfing Men's Round 2 Results:

Heat 1: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.34, Tim Reyes (USA) 13.33, Thiago Camarao (BRA) 11.20, Tom Whitaker (AUS) 9.94
Heat 2: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 16.40, Mitch Crews (AUS) 13.34, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 10.53, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 8.00
Heat 3: Willian Cardoso (BRA) 17.20, Maxime Huscenot (FRA), C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.16, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 9.84
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.66, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 12.30, Joan Duru (FRA) 12.17, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 9.53
Heat 5: Charles Martin (GLP) 13.64, Bino Lopes (BRA) 13.33, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 11.60, Vincent Duvignac (FRA) 10.60
Heat 6: Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.34, Adam Melling (AUS) 11.56, Gavin Gillette (HAW) 10.66, Perth Standlick (AUS) 9.83

Vans US Open of Surfing Women's Round 1 Results:

Round 1: Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 14.03, Malia Manuel (HAW) 12.97, Johanne Defay (FRA) 10.75
Round 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.16, Paige Hareb (NZL) 6.53, Laura Enever (AUS) 5.86
Round 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.16, Leila Hurst (HAW) 12.60, Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.00
Round 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 8.67, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 7.87, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 2.23
Round 5: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.77, Coco Ho (HAW) 12.50, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 6.57
Round 6: Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.70, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 12.84, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.00