Dane Reynolds: he was eating waves

Dane Reynolds has stormed the 2011 US Open of Surfing. As the prime Huntington Beach Pier competition moves forward, the most prestigious and experienced surfers put down their blasting skills.

The Ventura wave rider has been absent from the 2011 ASP Word Tour season, but put on a show to earn the event’s highest heat-total of 17.43 out of 20 to win his Round of 48 clash over California prodigy Kolohe Andino, Aritz Aranburu and progressive Australian Julian Wilson.

"It was fun out there," Reynolds said. “I kind of just sat off to the left of everyone and took it easy. I didn’t really get any waves in the beginning and Kolohe got an 8 in the beginning for a small wave, so I knew if you were to get a set wave, anything you did was going to be a good score." "That 9.33 was really important, I was looking pretty bad in the beginning and that definitely turned the heat for me."

Thiago Camarao took an exciting come from behind win in the dying minutes of his heat when he boosted two air-reverses on a set-wave to garner an 8.93 out of 10 to launch from third to first.

"Adriano was just beside me and we were hassling a little bit, but he let me go on that wave," Camarao said. "I knew I should do my best. I needed a huge score and there was a good air section at the end. I knew I had to go for the air."

Camaro’s win was no easy task, as he defeated fellow countrymen Adriano de Souza and Miguel Pupo to take the victory.

Taj Burrow looked lethal in his Round of 24 heat and unloaded an impeccable variety of forehand maneuvers on two righthand runners, earning a 15.27 out of 20 heat total to dispatch of fellow elite ASP World Title campaigner C.J. Hobgood.

"I was excited out there," Burrow said. "It’s got that light wind and the right tide. You can kind of keep your board moving the whole time, so it was good, I liked it. I’m looking forward to getting to the end and hopefully I can hold the check."

Nike US Open of Surfing Round of 24 Results:
Heat 1: Dusty Payne (HAW) 13.96 def. Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 13.80
Heat 2: Evan Geiselman (USA) 10.60 def. Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 9.77
Heat 3: Richard Christie (NZL) 11.04 def. Joel Centeio (HAW) 8.67
Heat 4: Taj Burrow (AUS) 15.27 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 13.27
Heat 5: Kelly Slater (USA) 14.47 def. Dylan Graves (PRI) 10.93
Heat 6: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.97 def. Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10.86

Nike US Open of Surfing Round of 48 Results:
Heat 5: Dylan Graves (PRI) 15.80, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.53, Brian Toth (PRI) 11.73, Jano Belo (BRA) 11.27
Heat 6: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 16.33, Kelly Slater (USA) 13.90, Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.86, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.50
Heat 7: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 13.77, Adam Melling (AUS) 13.47, Gabe Kling (USA) 11.56, Mick Fanning (AUS) NS
Heat 8: Dane Reynolds (USA) 17.43, Kolohe Andino 15.67, Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 13.90, Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.07
Heat 9: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 13.90, Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.87, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 9.06, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 8.97
Heat 10: Royden Bryson (ZAF) 14.50, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 12.57, Bobby Martinez (USA) 11.74, Junior Faria (BRA) 7.54
Heat 11: Thiago Camarao (BRA) 16.16, Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.40, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 14.00, Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 9.80
Heat 12: John John Florence (HAW) 14.00, Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.57, Nat Young (USA) 11.97, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 9.57