Alejo Muniz: mastering Huntington Beach

Alejo Muniz has conquered the Vans US Open of Surfing 2013 over Kolohe Andino, at Huntington Beach Pier.


The Brazilian surfer had struggled to find a big result throughout the first half of his ASP season, but vaults to No. 15 on the rankings compliments of his win in Huntington Beach.

“I'm so happy, I can't believe it. Today marks the four-year anniversary of my grandfather's passing and I'd like to dedicate this win to him. This is the biggest win of my career and it's the biggest crowd I've ever surfed in front of", expressed Alejo Muniz.

"I was putting everything in to this event and the work paid off. I focused more on myself rather than who I was surfing against and what scores they were getting", he added.

Kolohe Andino was the last Southern Californian remaining in Men's competition and was in dangerous form entering the final.

"Congratulations to Alejo. He surfed amazing all week. It would have been nice to win, but I just couldn't find a second wave and I'm happy that I made the final", added Andino.

Carissa Moore took out the Women's trophy over local favorite Courtney Conlogue, while Conner Coffin and Bianca Buitendag won the Vans US Open of Surfing Pro Junior 2013.

Vans US Open of Surfing 2013 Final:
1. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 16.23
2. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.54

Vans US Open of Surfing 2013 Women's Final:
1. Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.00
2. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.27