Ryan Callinan: throwing everything in Huntington Beach | Photo: Morris/WSL

The 2015 Vans US Open of Surfing is officially on. There were big scores and a few upsets in the first day of competition, held in three-to-four foot (1 metre) surf at Huntington Beach.

Patrick Gudauskas scored the day's highest heat total of 16.36 and won his heat. He managed to outcome a dangerous Championship Tour surfer, Italo Ferreira.

"The sandbars are super fun right now, so it's been a real pleasure. It's really good on these rights when the wind blows up the face," said Gudauskas.

Mitch Crews sent Adriano de Souza home early. The Australian surfer earned the day's highest single-wave score, an excellent 9.33, for a spectacular full rotation.

"I was probably more nervous after I got the nine than before because I only needed a backup, but I got freaked out, and the waves got a bit worse. Adriano's number one in the world - the guy doesn't ever make a mistake, but I think the waves just let everyone down in the end," explained Crews.

Davey Cathels made a last minute equipment change to blast his Round 1 against Ramzi Boukhaim, Stu Kennedy, and Perth Standick. The decision paid off.

"I'm stoked to be moving on. My shaper from home Brett Warner made me a couple good boards and they felt really nice, but I got on this one last night, and it just felt ten percent better. The shapers here know the waves really well so it was great, and I just want to keep moving," concluded Cathels.

2015 Vans US Open of Surfing | Round 1 Results

Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 16.36, Santiago Muniz (ARG) 11.83, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 9.27, Yago Dora (BRA) 5.60
Joan Duru (FRA) 11.60, Michael Dunphy (USA) 10.33, Deivid Silva (BRA) 8.07, Chris Ward (USA) 7.57
Michael Rodriguez (BRA) 12.34, Tiago Pires (PRT) 11.46, Glen Hall (IRL) 10.04, Jose Ferreira (PRT) 6.84
N. Yeomans (USA) 12.50, A. Melling (AUS) 12.23, W. Carmichael (AUS) 10.36, C. Bell-Warren (AUS) 7.23
K. Igarashi (USA) 14.44, N. Hedge (AUS) 13.10, K. Asing (HAW) 11.60, T. Fernandes (PRT) 8.00
Marco Fernandez (BRA) 15.04, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 11.33, Dusty Payne (HAW) 9.40, Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 8.86
Carlos Munoz (CRI) 14.33, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.56, Lucas Silveira (BRA) 11.33, Mateia Hiquily (PYF) 6.70
Tim Reyes (USA) 13.23, Parker Coffin (USA) 12.64, Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 12.13, Garrett Parkes (AUS) 10.50
F. Patacchia (HAW) 14.03, S. Pierson (PYF) 13.97, V. Ribeiro (PRT) 13.43, J. Gonzalez (CNY) 11.53
R. Callinan (AUS) 15.80, H. Ohhara (JPN) 14.87, J. Da Silva (BRA) 13.00, G. Zubizarreta (ESP) 12.60
D. Cathels (AUS) 16.07, R. Boukhiam (MAR) 12.10, S. Kennedy (AUS) 11.70, P. Standick (AUS) 11.20
Mitch Crews (AUS) 15.50, Heitor Alves (BRA) 13.50, Miguel Tudela (PER) 11.17, Adriano De Souza (BRA) 10.17

2015 Vans US Open of Surfing | Upcoming Round 1 Matchups

Filipe Toledo (BRA), Tanner Gudauskas (USA), Cooper Chapman (AUS), Kalani David (HAW)
Caio Ibelli (BRA), Alex Ribeiro (BRA), Soli Bailey (AUS), Nic Von Rupp (PRT)
Ricardo Christie (NZL), Connor O’Leary, Granger Larsen (HAW), Marlon Lipke (PRT)
Miguel Pupo (BRA), Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI), Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), Bino Lopes (BRA)
Adrian Buchan (AUS), Yadin Nicol (AUS), Frederico Morais (PRT), Takumi Yasui (JPN)
CJ Hobgood (USA), Maxime Huscenot (FRA), Mason Ho (HAW), Krystian Kymerson (BRA)
Brett Simpson (USA), Charles Martin (GLP), Aritz Aranburu (ESP), Thomas Wood (AUS)
Jadson Andre (BRA), Willian Cardoso (BRA), Dion Atkinson (AUS), Sunny Garcia (HAW)
Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Tomas Hermes (BRA), Marc Lacomare (FRA), Joshua Moniz (HAW)
Kolohe Andino (USA), Billy Stairmand (NZL), Conner Coffin (USA), Hizunome Bettero (BRA)
Jack Freestone (AUS), Jesse Mendes (BRA), Tanner Hendrickson (HAW), Luke Davis (USA)
Nat Young (USA), Brent Dorrington (AUS), Tom Whitaker (AUS), Dane Reynolds (USA)

Professional surfing is a highly competitive occupation. World title races are increasingly tight. And sometimes it all comes down to the wire.

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