- 31 July 2014 | Surfing
Waves keep rolling at the Vans US Open of Surfing 2014, in Huntington Beach, California, as competition hits Round 3.
Matt Banting continued his hot streak, topping Dream Tour sophomore Filipe Toledo, progressive sorcerer Dane Reynolds, and American tactician Cory Arrambide, with a big Round 2 heat victory.
"You only have a couple of opportunities, so you have to make the most of them. I'm stoked to keep the ball rolling and stay in the competition. I'm loving it here at the Vans US Open, there's great people and it can't get any better," says Banting.
Jonathan Gonzalez contributed to the international field flaring in Huntington Beach, trouncing his Round 2 heat with a commanding run from start-to-finish. Gonzalez was surgical on both his forehand and backhand while securing a spot in Round 3.
"I've been practicing surfing beach breaks in the summer because it's difficult for me. I started the year a bit lost with the new priority system and Saquarema was horrible for me. This event is looking better for me I hope," explains Gonzalez.
Kanoa Igarashi continued to establish himself among the world's best surfers, taking an impressive Round 2 win. The local talent's victory came over WCT surfers Jadson Andre, Travis Logie, and Jake Halstead.
“I'm definitely feeling the pressure because I live here, and I should know which waves to get and how to surf the wave. That was going through my head the whole time, but I'm just so stoked I got the right waves and finished them," concluded Igarashi.
In the Women's competition, Malia Manuel commanded Rounds 2 and 3 after an opening-day stumble, collecting the day's highest scores. The Kauaian collected a 15.17 two-wave heat total in Round 2 in a victory against wildcard Leila Hurst, and a near-perfect 9.67 in Round 3 while securing a Quarterfinals berth.
Vans US Open of Surfing Men's Round 3 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Josh Kerr (AUS), Mitch Crews (AUS), Maxime Huscenot (FRA)
Heat 2: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), Tim Reyes (USA), Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Adam Melling (AUS), Charles Martin (GLP)
Heat 4: Keanu Asing (HAW), Aritz Aranburu (ESP), Bino Lopes (BRA)
Heat 5: Matt Banting (AUS), Michael Dunphy (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 6: Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA), Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 8: Kolohe Andino (USA), Garrett Parkes (AUS), Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
Vans US Open of Surfing Women's Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 18.13, Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 10.93, Tyler Wright (AUS) 7.77
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.37, Laura Enever (AUS) 9.00, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 7.10
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.03, Johanne Defay (FRA) 9.10, Dimity Stoyle (AUS) 3.00
Heat 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.16, Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.50, Paige Hareb (NZL) 11.10