HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (Sunday, July 20, 2008) - The GO211 LIVE featuring the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill saw an increase in swell today hitting in the two-to-four foot (1 metre) range, as finalists for the ASP Grade-2 O’Neill U.S. Open Pro Junior pres. by Honda, the ASP Grade-2 S3 Supergirl Pro Junior, and the O’Neill U.S. Open of Longboarding pres. by Honda were decided today, as well as the eight advancing trialists who will receive entry into the ASP WQS 6-Star men’s event
International standouts Julian Wilson (Coolum, AUS) and Chris
Salisbury (Newport, AUS) continued to display top-level surfing
today, both advancing through the Semifinals of the O’Neill U.S.
Open Pro Junior and earning spots in next weekend’s Final. The
feat marks an outstanding effort by both surfers, who began
their respective campaigns in Round 1, surfing through five
heats to make the Final.
Wilson, who claimed the ASP Grade-4 Nike 6.0 Pier Pressure Pro
Junior in Huntington Beach last month, proved once again that he
is a force to be reckoned with in the States, eliminating
current ratings leader on the ASP North America Pro Junior
Series, Cory Arrambide (Ventura,CA), in the Quarterfinal bout
“This is the second time I’ve had Cory (Arrambide) in my heat,
and I don’t really see him much out there,” Wilson said. “It’s
really just whoever gets the waves gets through the heats today.
I got a couple fun waves and was able to get through my heats.”
Wilson locked in the highest heat totals shown today with 17.34
out of 20 points in his Quarterfinals victory and 17.73 out of
20 in his Semifinals win. The young Australian will use the
momentum he has built throughout the event to combat fellow
finalists Nat Young (Santa Cruz, CA), Tanner Gudauskas (San
Clemente, CA) and Salisbury in next week’s Final.
Gudauskas was another standout in today’s ASP Pro Junior event.
The young goofy-footer qualified for his first ever ASP North
America Pro Junior Final with a win over Salisbury, who advanced
behind Gudauskas in second.
“It’s my first ever ASP North America Pro Junior Final, so I’m
stoked”,Gudauskas said, “Everyone is surfing really well in this
event and I can’t wait to get out there in front of everyone and
give it my best shot.”
The O’Neill U.S. Open Pro Junior pres. by Honda will wrap up
competition on Sunday, July 27, 2008 at 2:05 pm.
Sage Erickson (Ventura, CA) led the charge for the women in the
ASP Grade-2 S3 Supergirl Pro Junior, posting the highest heat
total in the women’s Semifinals of 15.56 out of 20 points. The
Californian wunderkind dominated a stacked heat against fellow
Semifinalists Coco Ho (North Shore, HI), who advanced in second,
Lee Ann Curren (Hossegor, FRA) and Quincy Davis (Montauk, NY).
“Being from California, I’M pretty used to these conditions out
at Huntington since we have so many local events here,” Erickson
said. “The current can definitely be a factor, but it can work
for you or against you, and it helped me out there today.”
Erickson, who finished fourth at the Billabong Sebastian Inlet
Pro Junior held earlier this year will look to improve on her
result at this ASP Grade-2 women’s Pro Junior event.
“I’m really excited to make this final because there’s quite a
few good international surfers in this Pro Junior,” Erickson said.
“By getting fourth in the final at Sebastian, I missed getting
into the ASP World Junior Championships, so the only way I can
get in is by getting a wildcard. If I have a good showing here,
I’m hoping that it will help me get into that event. It’s also a
huge factor for me to get the points towards qualification
towards next year’s ASP World Junior because we don’t have many
events, so it makes each one really important.”
Courtney Conlogue (Santa Ana, CA), 2007 ASP North America Pro
Junior Champion, put her local knowledge to good use today as
she defeated ASP WQS ratings leader and qualifier for the 2009
ASP Women’s World Tour Sally Fitzgibbons (Gerroa, AUS), South
African prodigy Nikita Robb (East London, ZAF), who advanced
into the finals behind Conlogue, and Floridian Haley Watson
(Jacksonville Beach, FL).
“She(Fitzgibbons) has had an amazing year and it’s pretty
tough, it can make or break you out there,” Conlogue said. “You’ve
got to be hunting for waves, and today it’s just whoever gets
the best waves. I didn’t event think I got good waves, but I got
what I needed to get through. Local knowledge is a big part of
it, but there’s a lot of luck out there today just trying to
find an open face and trying to chase it down with the
The S3 Supergirl Pro Junior Champion will be crowned on
Saturday, July 26, 2008 at 1:20 p.m.
The O’Neill U.S. Open of Longboarding presented by Honda saw Noah
Shimabukuro (Oceanside, CA), Ned Snow (North Shore, HI), Tony
Silvagni (Kerry Beach, NC), and Taylor Jensen (San Clemente, CA)
advance through their Semifinals heats and into the Final, which
will be completed next Sunday.
Jensen, who combined traditional smooth longboarding style with
a series of aggressive off-the-lip attacks, dethroned retuning
3X U.S. Open of Longboarding champion Colin McPhillips (San
Clemente, CA). Jensen finished second last year in this event
behind McPhillips in the Final, and will now look to claim the
U.S. Open Title.
“Any time you come out ahead of Colin (McPhillips), you’re doing
something right,” Jensen said. “I’m stoked with the way it went.
This is basically the biggest longboarding event in California
and for us to be able to come out and surf in front of a decent
crowd, with people who don’t usually see longboarding, it really
helps evolve the sport. It helps to get our names out there and
it’s a lot of fun.”
Noah Shimabukuro (Oceanside, CA) who is originally from Maui,
earned a finals spot by defeating last year’s event finalist Kai
Sallas (Honolulu, HI).
“I’m stoked to be in the Final because this might be the biggest
longboarding event in the world,” Shimabukuro said. “It’s
unofficially considered the world title because there are so
many past world champions in the event and all the best guys
come out. So to get into the finals feels like quite an
The O’Neill U.S. Open of Longboarding champion will be decided
at 2:35 p.m on Sunday, July 27, 2008.
The eight trialists receiving a seed into the ASP WQS 6-Star
GO211 LIVE feat. the Honda U.S. Open pres. by O’Neill were
decided today, with Pablo Gutierrez (ESP), Granger Larsen
(Lahaina, HI), Nick Rozsa (Oxnard, CA), Macy Mullen
(Milileni,HI), Alejo Muniz (Florianopolis, BRA), Kyle Ramey
(Poipu Beach, HI), Dane Ward (San Clemente, CA) and Tyler
Stanaland (Laguna Beach, CA) advancing through today’s
Quarterfinals and earning seeds into the main event
Muniz, who posted some of the Trials’ highest scores, claimed a
victory today despite being under the weather.
“That heat was really fun, but it was hard because there’s a lot
of current,” Muniz said. “I got lucky out there, and just tried to
do my best. When I arrived here I got sick, but my friends gave
me some medicine and I’m feeling better.”
Muniz will face an international field of competitors in the
Round of 192 in the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing presented by
O’Neill which begins tomorrow.
Ramey, who finished second behind Muniz will look to grab some
valuable ratings points in his first ASP WQS 6-Star appearance.
“I’m stoked to make it through the Trials,” Ramey said. “I’ve
never been in an ASP WQS 6-Star before, so it’s huge. Conditions
are tough out there. The south is really straight and walled,
but I just tried to make the most of it.”
Ward earned his main event berth with tight heat victory over
his fellow Quarterfinalists Dege O’Connell (Hana, HI), Jody
Davis (Jacksonville, FL) and Stanaland (who advanced in 2nd).
“There’s a lot of current, but at least there’s waves,” Ward said.
“This is the first ASP WQS 6-Star event I’ve ever competed in
and I haven’t done many events this year, so I was feeling like
I had nothing to prove. I just wanted to go out there and surf
and have fun, so I’m excited to have my first experience in the
The ASP WQS 6-Star GO211 LIVE feat. the Honda U.S. Open pres. by
O’Neill main event will begin tomorrow at 8 a.m. with the Round
Heat 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.73, Nat Young (USA) 11.20, Andrew
Doheny (USA) 10.26, Quinn McCrystal (USA) 4.40
Heat 2: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 15.67, Chris Salisbury (AUS)
11.27, Matt Pagan (USA) 10.73, John John Florence (USA) 7.40
Heat 1: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.34, Quinn McCrystal (USA) 13.83,
Cory Arrambide (USA) 13.33, Noah Erickson (USA) 5.03
Heat 2: Andrew Doheny (USA) 17.10, Nat Young (USA) 15.83, Mason
Ho (HAW) 13.50, Luke Davis (USA) 10.10
Heat 3: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.34, Chris Salisbury (AUS)
9.13, Marshall Alberga (USA) 8.36, Keetin Devine (USA) 6.24
Heat 4: Matt Pagan (USA) 8.43, John John Florence (HAW) 7.96,
Dillon Perillo (USA) 5.90, Austin Smith-Ford (USA) 2.77
Heat 1: Noah Erickson (USA) 12.83, Andrew Doheny (USA) 12.67,
Jason Harris (USA) 5.60, Nick Rupp (USA) 2.66
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS), 16.50, Nat Young (USA) 11.34, Evan
Thompson (USA) 10.74, Spencer Regan (USA) 5.33
Heat 3: Mason H0 (HAW) 10.50, Quinn McCrystal (USA) 9.73, Bruno
Rodrigues (USA) 8.20, Christian Saenz (USA) 3.23
Heat 4: Luke Davis (USA) 13.26, Cory Arrambide (USA) 11.20, Joan
Duru (FRA) 9.23, Evan Geiselman (USA) 8.32
Heat 5: Chris Salisbury (AUS) 13.50, Austin Smith-Ford (USA)
11.33, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 10.43, Colin Schildhauer (USA) 7.17
Heat 6: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 13.84, Dillon Perillo (USA) 9.06,
Taylor Thorne (USA) 6.33, Kellen Ellison (USA) 5.56
Heat 7: Matt Pagan (USA) 12.57, Keetin Devine (USA) 6.97, Taylor
Brothers (USA) 6.70, Ryan Burch (USA) 4.46
Heat 8: John John Florence (HAW) 12.83, Marshall Alberga (USA)
12.70, Rob Kelly (USA) 12.70, Gabe Garcia (USA)
Semifinals (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Sage Erickson (USA) 15.56, Coco Ho (HAW) 10.97, Lee Ann
Curren (FRA) 6.33, Quincy Davis (USA) 5.07
Heat 2: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 9.00, Nikita Robb (ZAF) 8.63,
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 6.67, Haley Watson (USA) 1.33
Semifinals (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Noah Shimabukuro (USA) 17.37, Ned Snow (USA) 12.97,
Harley Ingleby (AUS) 11.17, Kai Sallas (HAW) 10.13
Heat 2: Tony Silvagni (USA) 13.63, Taylor Jensen (USA) 13.60,
Justin Quintal (USA) 11.60, Christian Clark (USA) 5.47
Heat 1: Kai Sallas (HAW) 15.50, Ned Snow (USA) 13.33, Kevin
Osborne (USA) 5.23, Linden Broccoli (USA) 4.27
Heat 2: Noah Shimabukuro (USA) 17.37, Harley Ingleby (AUS)
16.90, Josh Muhr (USA) 13.66, Cole Robbins (USA) 10.20
Heat 3: Tony Silvagni (USA) 17.53, Justin Quintal (USA) 13.37,
Troy Mothershead (USA) 10.40, Darren Ledingham (USA) 7.93
Heat 4: Taylor Jensen (USA) 17.00, Dodger Kremel (USA) 13.50,
Colin McPhillips (USA) 12.50, Christian Clark (USA) 7.67
Heat 1: Kai Sallas (HAW) 15.50, Josh Mohr (USA) 14.83, Joe Aaron
(USA) 8.17, Dylan Andrews (USA) 5.66
Heat 2: Ned Snow (USA) 16.26, Noah Shimabukuro (USA) 12.50,
Harrison Roach (USA) 11.86, Mike Stidham (USA) 10.27
Heat 3: Cole Robbins (USA) 14.50, Linden Broccoli (USA) 10.33,
Keegan Edwards (HAW) 8.67, Artie Castro (USA) 0.33
Heat 4: Harley Ingleby (AUS) 14.84, Kevin Osbourne (USA) 10.60,
Chris Koerner (USA) 5.50, Jordan Thomas (USA) 4.40
Heat 5: Darren Ledingham (USA) 13.76, Colin McPhillips (USA)
13.10, Sterling Foxcroft (USA) 6.10, Brett Heimstra (USA) 3.60
Heat 6: Troy Mothershead (USA) 14.16, Christian Clark (USA)
12.96, Josh Baxter (USA) 10.83, Nobuhiro Ogashira (JPN) 4.53
Heat 7: Taylor Jensen (USA) 15.34, Justin Quintal (USA) 11.27,
Billy Harris (USA) 7.00, Dennis Bourg (USA)
Heat 8: Dodger Kremel (USA) 14.33, Tony Silvangni (USA) 12.27,
Justin Hugron (USA) 11.37
Heat 5: Sterling Foxcroft (USA) 11.00, Nobuhiro Ogashira (JPN)
8.00, Billy Compton (USA) 5.44
Heat 6: Christian Clark (USA) 11.93, Darren Ledingham (USA)
10.67, Kevin McNicol (USA) 5.60, Scott Shannon (USA) 5.07
Heat 7: Justin Quintal (USA) 16.17, Justin Hugron (USA) 11.17,
Jack Sabala (USA) 8.33, Tommy Witt (USA) 7.86
Heat 8: Tony Silvagni (USA) 12.00, Billy Harris (USA) 10.10,
Shane Van Herk (USA) 6.57, Patrick Giles (USA) 4.57
Quarterfinals (1st and 2nd advance to main event)
Heat 1: Pablo Gutierrez (ESP) 15.33, Granger Larson (HAW) 10.17,
Andrew Doheny (USA) 7.10, Kyle Kennelly (USA) 6.73
Heat 2: Nick Rozsa (USA) 16.10, Macy Mullen (HAW) 8.34, Dillon
Perillo (USA) 6.90, Clay Marzo (HAW) 4.00
Heat 3: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 10.33, Kyle Ramey (HAW) 9.84, Chase
Newsom (USA) 9.40, John John Florence (HAW) 8.93
Heat 4: Dane Ward (USA) 8.83, Tyler Stanaland (USA) 8.56, Jody
Davis (USA) 7.60, Dege O’Connell (HAW) 6.23
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