- 01 August 2014 | Surfing
The US Open of Surfing 2014 has entered Round 5. Despite the small wave conditions, surfers kept pulling airs on the Huntington Beach ramps.
Mitch Crews put together a full repertoire of carves, snaps and airs on the rights off of Huntington Beach Pier, propelling the Australian up-and-comer to the Round of 16 over fellow Dream Tour campaigner Josh Kerr, and past ASP World Junior Champion Maxime Huscenot.
"I've been getting pretty overwhelmed and nervous by the Tour but I'm trying to work it out, relax and surf my best. For me this event is about getting my confidence back, I've been having a great time over here in California and that help me relax and feel happy," says Crews.
Jadson Andre dominated his Round 3 affair. The small-wave shaman looked lively in the beach break conditions, unloading electric combinations on both his forehand and backhand for the round's high heat total of 17.97 out of 20.
"I knew I was going to have a real tough heat against those guys. I'm feeling really good, and I'm stoked to skip the next round. It means a lot to have some great fans. I appreciate all the love from them and everyone here," adds Andre.
Keanu Asing contributed to the next generation's success, earning an excellent 9.00 and backup of 7.73, advancing to the Round of 16.
In the Women's division, Nikki Van Dijk matched the best result of her rookie season, besting replacement surfer Tatiana Weston-Webb. The rookie pair would engage in a close battle, but The Australian edged out the Hawaiian by a score of 12.90 to 12.50.
"I just want to do my best surfing and I'm stoked to be in the Quarters. I'd love to keep going so I'll just push it as hard as I can, have fun and enjoy surfing Huntington," underlined Van Dijk.
Vans US Open of Surfing Men's Round 4 Match-ups:
Heat 1: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) vs. Tim Reyes (USA)
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Beyrick De Vries (ZAF)
Heat 3: Adam Melling (AUS) vs. Bino Lopes (BRA)
Heat 4: Aritz Aranburu (ESP) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat 5: Matt Banting (AUS) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat 6: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Michael Dunphy (USA)
Heat 7: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
Heat 8: Garrett Parkes (AUS) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Vans US Open of Surfing Women's Quarterfinal Match-ups:
Quarterfinal 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Quarterfinal 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Tyler Wright (AUS)
Quarterfinal 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Johanne Defay (FRA)
Quarterfinal 4: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Lakey Peterson (USA)