Michel Bourez: vertical victory

Michel Bourez has defeated Kelly Slater in the Round of 24 heat of the US Open of Surfing 2013, Huntington Beach, California.


Slater would put in a valiant effort in the dying seconds of the match in an attempt to surpass the Tahitian, but would fall shy of the score required, securing Bourez's position in the Round of 16.

"I knew he was going to try to put a show on and do some big airs. I saw him trying to look for the rights and my goal was to catch a few lefts first. Then I got that right and tried that air, so that was the good one for me", explains Bourez.

"I saw Kelly from behind on that last wave and he did five or six turns and the wave was really tiny. I heard the crowd cheer and thought maybe I made a mistake".

Julian Wilson, defending US Open Champion, moved one step closer to taking back-to-back wins at Huntington Beach Pier, topping Brazilian darkhorse Alex Ribeiro, with the day's high single-wave score of 9.10.

Jadson Andre put in a banner performance with massive frontside airs on the lefthand ramps breaking in to Huntington Beach Pier, securing his victory over recently injured ASP WCT rookie Sebastian Zietz.

Hodei Collazo, current No. 127 on the ASP World Ranking, was responsible for a big upset today, eliminating veteran campaigner C.J. Hobgood, in their Round of 24 clash with last minute heroics.

Nat Young utilized his lethal backhand attack on the rights today, advancing to the Round of 16 over Caribbean darkhorse Charles Martin.

US Open of Surfing 2013 Round of 16:

Heat 1: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 3: Vincent Duvignac (FRA) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 4: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Michel Bourez (PYF)
Heat 5: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Hodei Collazo (EUK)
Heat 6: Granger Larsen (HAW) vs. Matt Banting (AUS)
Heat 7: Marc Lacomare (FRA) vs. Nat Young (USA)
Heat 8: Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. Mitch Crews (AUS)