Evan Geiselman: vertical attack | Photo: Ferguson/WSL

Evan Geiselman has taken out the Vans Pro 2016, at 1st Street Jetty, Virginia Beach.

The surfer born in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, defeated two former Vans Pro champions - Michael Dunphy and Pat Gudauskas - and the always dangerous Samuel Pupo in three-foot, wind-affected surf.

Geiselman, who survived drowning last year at Pipeline, was always the busiest surfer in the water. He caught 11 waves and found his winning scores in the last couple of rides.

"Just to be on the East Coast and have this event as the only one with some prestige over here it feels great to win. A lot of great surfers have won this thing, and I was just in a heat with two of them, so I'm just so stoked," expressed Evan Geiselman.

"As long as I'm doing that, I'm happy, and the scores will speak for themselves. I've just tried to stay positive, and I've been excited for every opportunity I can get so now it's time to go to Europe and just keep making heats."

The world's best Qualifying Series (QS) surfers will now have the opportunity to collect precious points in the Old Continent (Galicia, Azores, Cascais), as the competition enters the decisive phase of the season.

Vans Pro Men 2016 | Final

1. Evan Geiselman (USA), 16.93
2. Michael Dunphy (USA), 13,13
3. Pat Gudauskas (USA), 11.43
4. Samuel Pupo (BRA), 11.26