HUNTINGTON BEACH, California / USA (Sunday, July 31, 2011) – The second day of Nike US Open of Surfing action saw 32 trialists battle for four spots in the main ASP PRIME event while the Quarterfinalists were decided at the men’s ASP 4-Star Nike US Open of Surfing Pro Junior.
Competitors took to the water in tricky, wind-blown one-to-three foot surf at Huntington Beach Pier and the elite surfers put on striking performances despite the day’s tough conditions.
Torrey Meister (HAW), 23, powered through the three-round trials to secure his position into the Nike US Open of Surfing main event. The stylish Hawaiian hunted down waves with the signature Huntington Beach reform and his strategy paid off.
“It was a total marathon and that last heat I was getting a little sore, but I’m stoked that I got through,” Meister said. “I knew I just needed to get a couple of waves and link it, Huntington is like that. I knew if I could link a few waves I could get a score.”
Meister is out to capitalize on the mass of points on offer at the ASP PRIME rated event and knows that there will be no easy heats in this year’s event.
“These heats are really stacked,” Meister said. “I’m just trying to get points and get back in to the top 100, whatever that takes. I’m super stoked to get in to the main round.”
Maxime Huscenot (REU), 19, 2009 ASP World Junior Champion, rebounded from his early exit in the Nike US Open Pro Junior division to take a win in the last trials heat to advance in the main round.
“This morning I lost my junior heat and I was really disappointed about it,” Huscenot said. “I tried to not think about it in my trials heat and just focus on the conditions and have fun. It was really hard. It’s really small and your wave selection and a bit of luck is really important right now.”
Luke Davis (Capistrano Beach, CA), 18, got off to a slow start to open his Nike US Open Pro Junior campaign, but fought back in the final minutes of his heat to earn the round’s highest heat-total of 15.27 (out of 20 and a position in the Quarterfinals.
“It’s a lot higher tide than earlier when I surfed and it’s pretty slow,” Davis said. “Everyone got waves and I pretty much had nothing. It was pretty tough, you pretty much have to be on the set waves out there.”
Davis, who also advanced into the main event via his success in the trials, is hunting a solid result at the Nike US Open Pro Junior to qualify for the ASP World Junior Tour and while the young Californian’s focus is still on the ASP Pro Junior ranks, he’s looking to focus on building his ASP World Ranking.
“I want to finish up strong in this event to qualify for Worlds,” Davis said. “A top spot at Worlds is definitely my goal. I’m not trying to think about that too much right now, but I’m also trying to build my seed on the World Ranking. I’m going over the Europe after this as well.”
Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA), 17, relied on his refined heat strategy to take win his Round of 32 heat against a tough international field despite the tricky inconsistent, onshore conditions on offer.
“I knew that first heat would be a hard one because I had John John (Florence) and Hiroto (Arai) is good in small waves,” Andino said. “It’s pretty inconsistent and you have to focus on getting your turn on the outside and one on the inside. It’s a simple formula, but when the waves are harder it’s almost more simple.”
Andino, current leader on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, is looking to solidify his regional title with another top result at the Nike US Open of Surfing before heading into the final event of the year.
“I’d like to get another good result here because I’m so comfortable here at Huntington with my boards and competing so close to home,” Andino said. “I’m excited, but there is amazing talent in this event and I’ll just take it heat by heat. It should be a fun week.”
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Nike US Open of Surfing Trials Round of 100 (1st and 2nd advance to main event):
Heat 1: Torrey Meister (HAW) 13.50, Luke Davis (USA) 10.94, Chris Waring (USA) 10.76, Felipe Toledo (BRA) 9.07
Heat 2: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 13.47, Jano Belo (BRA) 12.10, Michael Dunphy (USA) 11.23, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 10.63,
Nike US Open of Surfing Trials Round of 108:
Heat 1: Felipe Toledo (BRA) 14.37, Torrey Meister (HAW) 11.26, Felix Messias (BRA) 10.10, Hank Gaskell (HAW) 9.70
Heat 2: Chris Waring (USA) 14.14, Luke Davis (USA) 13.67, Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 10.57, Shane Beschen (USA) 9.60
Heat 3: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 12.33, Jano Belo (BRA) 12.17, Cory Arrambide (USA) 11.20, Brad Ettinger (USA) 9.66
Heat 4: Michael Dunphy (USA) 11.83, Maxime Huscenot (REU) 10.37, Charles Martin (GLP) 9.73, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 6.87
Nike US Open of Surfing Trials Round of 124:
Heat 1: Felipe Toledo (BRA) 13.77, Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 10.13, Taylor Knox (USA) 9.36, Adrien Toyon (REU) 6.43
Heat 2: Hank Gaskell (HAW) 11.80, Luke Davis (USA) 11.73, Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 9.54, Oliver Kurtz (USA) 4.83
Heat 3: Shane Beschen (USA) 14.20, Messias Felix (BRA) 12.07, Nic Von Rupp (DEU) 10.67, Alain Riou (PYF) 10.50
Heat 4: Chris Waring (USA) 12.30, Torrey Meister (HAW) 10.50, Kevin Sullivan (HAW) 10.30, Christian Saenz (USA) 8.67
Heat 5: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 12.63, Charles Martin (GLP) 11.33, Dane Zaun (USA) 9.27, Tapei Tajima (JPN) 4. 16
Heat 6: Cory Arrambide (USA) 13.60, Maxime Huscenot (REU) 11.50, Tim Curran (USA) 10.07, Jean Da Silva (BRA) 8.23
Heat 7: Michael Dunphy (USA) 15.14, Brad Ettinger (USA) 13.80, Yuri Sodre (BRA) 13.70, Jeronimo Vargas (BRA) 10.60
Heat 8: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 12.36, Jano Belo (BRA) 11.80, Mikael Picon (FRA) 10.64, Koa Smith (HAW) 10.33
Nike US Open of Surfing Pro Junior Round of 32 Results:
Heat 1: Nat Young (USA) 13.43, Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.83, Matt Lewis-Hewitt (AUS) 12.77, Koa Smith (HAW) 9.33
Heat 2: Conner Coffin (USA) 15.06, Taylor Clark (USA) 12.17, Arashi Kato (JPN) 11.60, Chase Wilson (USA) 8.10
Heat 3: Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 12.54, Andrew Doheny (USA) 11.60, Maxime Huscenot (REU) 9.76, Nathan Carvalho (HAW) 6.60
Heat 4: Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.17, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 11.43, Taylor Thorne (USA) 9.67, Victor Done (USA) 9.23
Heat 5: Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.06, John John Florence (HAW) 10.70, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 8.30, Tayler Brothers (USA) 3.63
Heat 6: Dylan Goodale (HAW) 11.33, Jacob Halstead (USA) 11.03, Evan Thompson (USA) 7.87, Balaram Stack (USA) 5.63
Heat 7: Luke Davis (USA) 15.27, Christian Saenz (USA) 9.50, Fisher Heverly (USA) 9.23, Ian Crane (USA) 8.67
Heat 8: Colin Moran (USA) 13.60, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 13.37, Evan Geiselman (USA) 13.00, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 11.37