US Open of Surfing

The GO211 LIVE featuring the Honda Women’s U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill hit the water this morning in glassy two-to-four (1 metre surf. This Association of Surfing Professionals World Qualifying Series 6-Star event played host to some of surfing’s finest female athletes, with top ASP Women’s World Tour and WQS seeds battling it out for the prized Honda U.S. Open of Surfing title.

Today’s competition witnessed ASP Dream Tour surfers Stephanie Gilmore (Tweed Heads, AUS), Sofia Mulanovich (Lima, PER) and Melanie Bartels (Makaha, HI) dominate the field of international competitors vying for the valuable ASP WQS ratings points towards qualification of the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour.

Gilmore and Mulanovich, both former U.S. Open Champions (2007 and 2006 respectively) looked hungry to tack another U.S. Open title on to their list of accomplishments, while Bartels is working feverishly towards her first victory here at the women’s ASP WQS 6-Star event.

Mulanovich issued the day’s highest single-wave score of a near-perfect 9.87 out of a possible 10 for a combination of big forehand hacks and stylish cutbacks in her Round of 48 heat. "There’s a couple of corners on the rights and the surf is really fun and rippable," Mulanovich said.

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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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