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Jordy Smith blasted his Round 2, at the 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing, after posting the day's highest scores.

Smith's powerful forehand railwork unloaded a 9.17 and 8.17 on the pier bowl rights. The former runner-up at the US Open of Surfing is also riding a new board to adjust to the slower conditions.

"I rode a new board for the first time in that heat and it went well. I think the trick out there is really just catching waves because there aren't many of them at the moment", says Jordy Smith.

"You don't have to do a whole lot out there to get big scores and just have to look like you're not fighting the wave. Conditions are really tough and I knew I needed a wider board. It ended up working out".

Meanwhile, Beyrick De Vries beat Brazilian ASP WCT surfers Alejo Muniz Filipe Toledo. The South African has been building momentum following recovery from a serious knee injury.

"I tried to get a little warm-up before the heats and it seems to be working. I've been trying to get in to a routine and not putting pressure on myself and fun seems to be the way to go"

In the Women's event, Stephanie Gilmore survived a close battle with Sofia Mulanovich. Gilmore felt admittedly rusty after a long hiatus from competition, but is out to put in a strong effort in Huntington Beach.

"I feel like I haven't surfed an event in awhile. It was good to get going in that heat and refreshing to get a win. I was definitely feeling a little sluggish", revealed Gilmore.

US Open of Surfing 2013 Round 2 Results:

Heat 7: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.34, Hodei Collazo (EUK) 12.00, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 8.67, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 7.20
Heat 8: Granger Larsen (HAW) 12.26, Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 12.10, Garrett Parkes (AUS) 9.53, Cory Lopez (USA) 8.30
Heat 9: Matt Banting (AUS) 13.83, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.30, Michael Dunphy (USA) 10.77, Josh Kerr (AUS) 1.44
Heat 10: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 13.56, Charles Martin (GLP) 13.17, Sunny Garcia (HAW) 10.97, Perth Standlick (AUS) 9.84
Heat 11: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 14.07, Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.13, Tim Reyes (USA) 11.77, Perth Standlick (AUS) 9.84
Heat 12: Mitch Crews (AUS) 13.67, Nat Young (USA) 11.67, Gabe Kling (USA) 11.17, Evan Geiselman (USA) 6.85

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