- 03 August 2014 | Surfing
Filipe Toledo has won the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing, at Huntington Beach Pier, in California.
In an all-Brazilian final, Filipe Toledo and Willian Cardoso wriote history for their country in the sands of Huntington Beach, Surf City USA.
Brazilians are steadily taking control of the world's best waves and, at the same time, it's quite clear that the new school generation is taking control of pro surfing.
Toledo opened the final of the 2014 US Open of Surfing with a bang, with solid scores built by the pier. Cardoso didn't lose time and answered back with a powerful ride judged at 9.03 points.
Toledo, 19, got angry. With a tail high reverse and a solid finish in the reformed section, he put Cardoso, 28, in a difficult situation, needing an 8.53 wave with six minutes to go.
Time was running out. Toledo was about to celebrate with his fans, who were cheering him in a packed beach. The power surfer was unable to match Toledo's aerial attack. Nevertheless, Willian Cardoso moves to the 12th on the Qualifying Series' rankings.
"I'm super stoked and excited, still shaking. I started really good. I just turned my game to the air game so I could do what I love to do and it worked. I had to surf though a lot of pain with my ankle, and just put it out of my mind," expressed Filipe Toledo.
In the Women's final, Tyler Wright defeated Stephanie Gilmore to claim the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing Women's Final.
"It's been a long event and really enjoyable for me. I wouldn't be here without my team and they mean the world to me. All the girls have been ripping this entire event and it's been wonderful to see. I felt really relaxed and comfortable," added Tyler Wright.
2014 Vans US Open of Surfing Men's Final
Filipe Toledo (BRA), 17.56 def. Willian Cardoso (BRA), 12.80
2014 Vans US Open of Surfing Women's Final
Tyler Wright (AUS), 14.77 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 13.16