Timmy Reyes 

The GO211 LIVE featuring the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill completed the Round of 144 today and an international contingent of top talent posted some of the highest scores in event history today, reveling in the glassy three-to-four foot (1 metre) waves on offer at Huntington Beach Pier.

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star event narrowed its field down to 96 competitors today, moving one day closer to crowing this year’s 2008 Honda U.S. Open champion.

The heat of the day was the high-flying shootout between ASP WQS combatants Jadson Andre (Natal, BRA) and Torrey Meister (Kona, HI), both exchanging consecutive near-perfect rides in their Round 2 clash.

Andre earned an impressive score of a 9.23 in the opening seconds of his Round 2 heat with a series of powerful maneuvers to get the round started. The young surfer from Brazil then followed up his excellent score with a perfect 10 out of 10 point ride for punting a massive no-grab frontside air on what looked to be a closeout wave.

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Makka Pro Junior

Jamaica’s 2007 National Junior Surf Champ Shane Simmonds walked away with the US$600.00 first Prize in the Junior Division at the 2008 Makka Pro surfing contest which was held on Sunday July 20 2008 at Makka surfing beach Southaven Yallahs St Thomas.

Shane thrilled the huge crowd on the beach during the junior final and had them cheering his every maneuver. The thousands of local residents which turned out for the spectacle were filled with pride as young Simmonds dominated the heat with his spectacular surfing.

In the Open Men’s Division won By Barbadian Jonathan Reece, Jamaica was also well represented as Inilek Wilmot secured the second place spot from among the 24 entrants which included such elite regional surfers as defending 2007 Makka Pro Champ Trinidad’s Jason Apparicio and Barbadian Champ Mark Holder. Other top local finishers included Icah Wilmot 5th and Luke Williams 7th.

The women’s Division was dominated by the Barbadians who nabbed the top three spots from the three Jamaicans with Danielle OHayon in 4th being the highest finishing local girl.

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Honda U.S. Open of Surfing

The GO211 LIVE featuring the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill saw an increase in swell today hitting in the two-to-four foot (1 metre) range, as finalists for the ASP Grade-2 O’Neill U.S. Open Pro Junior pres. by Honda, the ASP Grade-2 S3 Supergirl Pro Junior, and the O’Neill U.S. Open of Longboarding pres. by Honda were decided today, as well as the eight advancing trialists who will receive entry into the ASP WQS 6-Star men’s event

International standouts Julian Wilson (Coolum, AUS) and Chris Salisbury (Newport, AUS) continued to display top-level surfing today, both advancing through the Semifinals of the O’Neill U.S. Open Pro Junior and earning spots in next weekend’s Final. The feat marks an outstanding effort by both surfers, who began their respective campaigns in Round 1, surfing through five heats to make the Final.

Wilson, who claimed the ASP Grade-4 Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure Pro Junior in Huntington Beach last month, proved once again that he is a force to be reckoned with in the States, eliminating current ratings leader on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, Cory Arrambide (Ventura,CA), in the Quarterfinal bout this afternoon.

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