Vans Pro Kicks Off Opening Day 

August 23, 2016 • East Coast Contests

VANS PRO ECSC MEN’S QS3,000 SCORCHES THROUGH ROUND 1
– VANS PRO JUNIOR GETS UNDERWAY WITH ROUND 1, HEATS 1-8
– EXCELLENT SCORES POSTED IN CHALLENGING CONDITIONS
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Micha Cantor (USA) posted the Men's QS3,000 Round 1 highest single-wave score with an 8.33 and won his heat to advance into Round 2. Image: WSL/ John W. Ferguson

Micha Cantor (USA) posted the Men’s QS3,000 Round 1 highest single-wave score with an 8.33 and won his heat to advance into Round 2. Image: WSL/ John W. Ferguson

Location:   

 1st Street Jetty, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Today’s Call:

Vans Pro Men’s QS3,000 Round 1 Completed

Vans Pro Junior Round 1, Heats 1-8 Completed

Conditions:

2 feet, windswell 

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Tuesday, August 23, 2016) – The World Surf League (WSL) Vans Pro Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 and Vans Pro Junior kicked off opening day at the 1st Street Jetty of Virginia Beach, Va. in challenging, two-foot windswell. Despite the conditions on offer, surfers were able to find diamonds in the rough and still managed to post near-excellent, and excellent scores. Round 1 of the Men’s QS3,000 was completed in its entirety as the Juniors finished Round 1, Heats 1-8.

Australian Harrison Martin (AUS) lit up what the 1st Street Jetty had to offer and posted an impressive 15.60 (out of a possible 20) for the day’s highest heat total. Martin looked eager to get his first Vans Pro campaign underway and capitalize on anything that came his way. The Sydney native knows how important these events are and will look for a big result before heading back to Australia.

“I was just really fortunate to get two waves that doubled up properly and stood up the whole way to shore,” Martin said. “To get from out the back to shore is everything. If you can’t connect from A to B you won’t get much over a five. You really need the points here now that we’re starting to see what the cutoff has been set at. It’s all about trying to get into that top 100 to earn a spot into the higher level events for next year. So this event is really important to start getting your ranking going.”

Micha Cantor (USA) found the gem of the day and went to work on it, posting an 8.33 (out of a possible 10) to earn the highest single-scoring wave of Round 1. The South Carolina surfer is all too familiar to these types of conditions and put that experience to use over an international heat. Cantor’s fate for a chance into the Vans Pro fell from his hands as Bo Raynor (USA) posted a win in final seconds of the Tautog’s Pro which determined the final wildcard — but found his way in as an alternate.

“I wasn’t even supposed to be in this event so I’m stoked just to get a chance to surf here now,” Cantor said. “My focus is just on winning at least one of these events since I’m also in the Junior, but I really want to do well in both contests. If I walked up to the beach back home and saw this I’d think it was fun and would get out there anyway. I’m just soaking this all in and want to do my best here.”

“It ended up being pretty fun out there being on the right ones,” Cantor added. “I was just trying to better my 6.67 and found a higher score so that was great. I thought it was going to close out but it just kept giving me sections and provided me enough to go bottom to top on it.”

Hailing from Florianopolis, Brazil, Mateus Herdy (BRA) felt at home as well surfing in Virginia Beach as it reminds him of a small day at his home break of Joaquina Beach. Herdy made his debut at his first-ever Vans Pro one to remember with a heat win and posting a 14.03.

“I’m feeling good with what’s out there,” Herdy said. “It’s a bit like back home so I’m always training on these types of waves. It’s not typically this small when there’s waves but when the wind is onshore it’s very similar and I prepare for every type of condition. It’s my first time on the East Coast and I’m so stoked to be here after doing a surf trip from San Francisco down to Los Angeles in preparation for this one.”

But, it wasn’t until the Vans Pro Junior got underway that the highest score of the day was posted by Kei Kobayashi (USA) with an 8.50 and highest Junior heat total, 14.67. Following his QS heat win, Kobayashi took that momentum into the Junior event and continued his rhythm with the ocean. The 17-year-old knows the importance of each passing heat to maintain his No. 1 ranking on the North America Junior Tour.

“I thought my first wave was going to be a little higher but that motivated me to open up a lot more which I did on the next wave and got that 8.50,” Kobayashi said. “It’s a little soft still but it’s the same exact copy of my board that I won Florida on and just feels really good. Waves are pretty small but stoked to find a couple. To get in the Top 4 is insanely hard and it’d be great to keep that No. 1 seed all the way through. But I’m just keeping my head in it and these conditions suit my surfing really well so I’m just excited to move forward and hopefully make some heats.”

With both Jake Marshall (USA) and Griffin Colapinto (USA) through to Round 2, Kobayashi will have plenty to surf for in coming days.

Ryland Rubens (USA) may not be in a title hunt but he’s putting in solid results in his time as a Junior. Clinching a Semifinal apperance at the Vans US Open of Surfing and fourth-place out of region at the Pipe Pro Junior, Rubens is on a quick learning curve with the competitors around him.

“Doing these Junior events are always fun and a really good challenge,” Rubens said. “Hopefully the waves get a little better but I’ll be stoked to make a few more heats. Coming here a few years ago for the first time I didn’t realize how big of an event this was with a lot of people coming down to watch so it’s pretty cool. To get the experience out here is great.”

Click here for a photo gallery of Round 1 from the Vans Pro Men’s QS3,000

Click here for a photo gallery of Round 1, Heats 1-8 of the Vans Pro Junior

Tomorrow’s 7:00 a.m. EST Call will determine a 7:30 a.m. EST Start for either Round 2 of the Vans Pro Men’s QS3,000 or the final eight heats remaining in Round 1 of the Vans Pro Junior. For more information on the Vans Pro go to www.worldsurfleague.com, or download the WSL App for updates on your mobile device.
Vans Pro Men’s QS3,000 Round 1 Results:
Heat 1
: Luke Gordon (USA) 11.90, Yuji Mori (JPN) 11.27, Zander Venezia (BRB) 8.03, Quinn McCrystal (USA) 7.33
Heat 2: Jacob Wilcox (AUS) 12.50, Nick Marshall (USA) 10.16, Austin Neumann (USA) 8.46, Dylan Kowalski (USA) 6.70
Heat 3: Eithan Osborne (USA) 13.83, Braden Jones (USA) 6.70, Bruce Mackie (BRB) 6.47, Kelly Norris (AUS) 4.60
Heat 4: Noah Hill (USA) 12.00, Victor Mendes (BRA) 10.34, Alex Pendleton (USA) 10.03, Alejandro Moreda (PRI) 7.90
Heat 5: Rafael Pereira (VEN) 10.03, Jordan Lawler (AUS) 9.37, Wil Reid (USA) 7.03, Cobie Gittner (USA) 5.83
Heat 6: Jake Kelley (USA) 13.00, Pedro Neves (BRA) 12.40, Jhony Corzo (MEX) 7.73, Jacob Burke (BRB) 7.60
Heat 7: Mateus Herdy (BRA) 14.03, Gabriel Farias (BRA) 9.33, Cole Houshmand (USA) 7.37, Spencer Bridges (USA) 5.63
Heat 8: Chris Foster (HAW) 12.67, Dane Mackie (BRB) 11.50, Asher Nolan (USA) 10.20, Brandon Todd (USA) 3.43
Heat 9: Harrison Martin (AUS) 15.60, Knox Harris (USA) 10.60, Dylan Southworth (MEX) 8.20, Frank Chenault (USA) 2.50
Heat 10: Jake Marshall (USA) 14.10, Tyler Gunter (USA) 13.17, Shane Borland (USA) 7.83, Shane Sykes (ZAF) 7.57
Heat 11: Reef Hazelwood (AUS) 11.40, Rory Reep (USA) 9.73, Chauncey Robinson (USA) 9.33, Jordy Collins (USA) 6.70
Heat 12: Micha Cantor (USA) 15.00, Gabriel Andre (BRA) 10.80, Andrew Jacobson (USA) 7.56, Joe Sear (AUS) 7.27
Heat 13: Kairi Noro (JPN) 10.97, Tomas Tudela (PER) 10.73, John Mel (USA) 10.07, Ryland Rubens (USA) 7.53
Heat 14: Juninho Urcia (PER) 13.33, Tales Rodriguez (BRA) 10.67, Sean Woods (USA) 8.73, Micky Clarke (USA) 7.37
Heat 15: Alonso Correa (PER) 11.60, Renan Peres (BRA) 9.63, Che Allan (BRB) 9.50, Quentin Turko (USA) 4.33
Heat 16: Kei Kobayashi (USA) 11.10, Jack Boyes (USA) 7.23, Ashley Keillah (AUS) 4.86

Vans Pro Men’s Junior Round 1 Results:
Heat 1
: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 11.74, David Economos (USA) 8.00, Quentin Turko (USA) 5.97
Heat 2: Ryland Rubens (USA) 10.40, Zander Venezia (BRB) 9.90, Renan Peres (BRA) 8.97, Mateus Herdy (BRA) 8.60
Heat 3: Kei Kobayashi (USA) 14.67, Crosby Colapinto (USA) 10.23, Spencer Bridges (USA) 6.13, Nick Brady (USA) 4.56
Heat 4: Yuji Nishi (JPN) 10.50, Simon Hetrick (USA) 10.46, Braden Jones (USA) 9.43, Dylan Hord (USA) 6.67
Heat 5: Victor Mendes (BRA) 10.60, Nick Marshall (USA) 7.70, Nothea Futrell (USA) 5.60, Kyle Tester (USA) 4.00
Heat 6: Sean Woods (USA) 8.43, Kairi Noro (JPN) 7.04, Jordy Collins (USA) 6.33, Shane Kertesz (USA) 4.53
Heat 7: Jake Marshall (USA) 8.77, Taro Watanabe (USA) 8.00, Logan Kamen (USA) 6.00, Sebastian Mendes (USA) 5.60
Heat 8: Kade Matson (USA) 12.20, Wil Reid (USA) 11.43, Evan Brownell (USA) 5.13, Sean Forester (USA) 3.97

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