Matt Banting: he clearly deserves more sponsors | Photo: Michael Lallande/US Open of Surfing

Matt Banting and Bailey Nagy have conquered the Vans US Open Pro Junior 2014, at Huntington Beach Pier, California.

Banting was able to pull an excellent last-second 9-point wave to jump from last to first, and defeat finalists Cam Richards, Joshua Moniz, and Miguel Tudela.

"I'm over the moon. I couldn't really buy a wave throughout the heat and for that last wave to come in the last minutes was a gift from God," reveals an emotional Matt Banting.


Phyllis O'Donnell: the female surfing pioneer | Photo: Jack Eden

Phyllis O'Donnell, the first ever ISA women's world surfing champion, has been inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame, in Huntington Beach, California.

The surfing pioneer conquered the inaugural World Championship title in 1964, at Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia, at the age of 27.

O'Donnell went on to win the Australian national women's titles in 1964 and 1965. Her World Championship victory was a sign of recognition and progress for female surfers, and her win paved the way for countless women and girls to follow in her footsteps.


Mitch Crews: hands in the air if you love Huntington Beach | Photo: Michael Lallande/US Open of Surfing

The US Open of Surfing 2014 has entered Round 5. Despite the small wave conditions, surfers kept pulling airs on the Huntington Beach ramps.

Mitch Crews put together a full repertoire of carves, snaps and airs on the rights off of Huntington Beach Pier, propelling the Australian up-and-comer to the Round of 16 over fellow Dream Tour campaigner Josh Kerr, and past ASP World Junior Champion Maxime Huscenot.

"I've been getting pretty overwhelmed and nervous by the Tour but I'm trying to work it out, relax and surf my best. For me this event is about getting my confidence back, I've been having a great time over here in California and that help me relax and feel happy," says Crews.