Incredible Day 2 of Competition Unfolds at Shoe City Pro

January 15, 2017 • WSL

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Saturday, January 15, 2017) – The World Surf League (WSL) Shoe City Pro Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 charged through the second day of competition in remaining four-to-six foot waves that offered plenty of scoring potential. The men completed remaining Round 2, Heats 9-16 and Round 3 in their entirety before the women opened up their 2017 season with impressive performances. The final day draws are set and both champions will be crowned by day’s end Sunday, January 15.

In his debut Round 2 battle, Jake Kelley (USA) emerged with the highest heat total of the day, a 15.20 (out of a possible 20) and continued that success into Round 3 with another big win. Kelley stuck to the same formula to begin his 2017 and it paid dividends thus far with crisp backhand attacks. While his homebreak of Nomad’s was flat most of the winter, Kelley kept busy abroad and took full advantage of the Christmas swell on offer back on the West Coast. “It feels good to get something going to start the year after just spending time in the offseason surfing a lot and getting my boards dialed,” Kelley said. “I stayed busy probably when I shouldn’t have been in that last heat. I kept falling, but got lucky that some sets came to me and was able to surf them well. It helps to stay fresh and stay on top of my game being in Hawaii for a while over the winter and it’s so nice to finally have waves here again.”

Ian Crane (USA) picked up right where he left off yesterday in his Round 2 win and stole another big victory in Round 3 today — posting an excellent 8.17 (out of a possible 10). The San Clemente-native has found his mind space and put that into effect as he moves into Round 4. After last year’s Equal 5th, Crane looks to better that result and is well on his way to doing so with a standout performance today. “I feel a little bit more aware that I’m in a heat and not just surfing,” Crane said. “If I was just surfing I probably would’ve been closer to the pier and catching one hundred waves, but instead I only caught three waves in that heat. I’m definitely trying to be smarter in that way because I’ve lost a few times like that. I’d win heats and then do something dumb off in the corner while letting my competitors sit where the waves are the best. If I can just not do anything like that I’ll be stoked to keep moving on.”

Alongside Kanoa Igarashi (USA), fellow local hero Brett Simpson (USA) came out firing in his Round 2 debut with a heat win and backed it up with a Round 3 win. The former Championship Tour (CT) competitor still has the desire to find his way back onto the elite level as he returns to the QS in hopes of doing so. Simpson finds himself surfing against two sons of the sport that brought back some nostalgia during his heat. “I miss competing, it’s been awhile since Hawaii and I had a terrible heat at Sunset,” Simpson said. “It always feels bad to end that way, and you want to get back on the horse. The last couple of months I’ve just focused on getting better and getting equipment right. The waves have been small but I’ve been surfing a ton and I feel good.”

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Hometown hero Brett Simpson (USA) strung together two big heat wins and is into Round 4 of the Shoe City Pro tomorrow morning. Photo: WSL/ Jackson Van Kirk

“It’s nice to jump out and surf with some second generation guys like Noah [Beschen] and John [Mel], I was pretty much surfing against their dads when I started,” Simpson continued. “It’s great to see the up-and-coming kids and for me to keep that fire of getting back on tour. Every heat nowadays it’s always hard. I’m just trying to get in the mind frame of winning, which is hard when you have slow heats or tough heats.”

Following another massive day of men’s competition, the women took to the water for their opening Round 1 match-ups and started their 2017 QS season. None did so better than Bailey Nagy (HAW) with the day’s highest heat total of 16.67 — earning the highest single-wave score of the day, an 8.50. The Oahu-native put on a display of power surfing and had her competitors in a combination situation when the final horn sounded. “Somehow that left just kept giving me more and more and I wasn’t sure that right would get me that kind of score, so it was really exciting,” Nagy said. “I grew up surfing waves like this being born here then moving to Hawaii, but I live here through the summer and only surf Huntington really. I have a great support crew here with my boyfriend, Lucca [Mesinas], and coach Chad Wells, as well as my family at home so everyone’s stoked. When I’m home I train a lot, but I wasn’t home much this offseason since I went to Peru for a whole month and we just surfed.”

“Even though I’m still in school it was just free time with some exams and focusing on not competing which was so nice,” Nagy continued. “It’s a little draining, but you’re always super excited to come back and compete.”

Directly following Nagy, Caroline Marks (USA) put on a performance of her own and blasted a 14.34 heat total. A San Clemente transplant out of Melbourne, Fla., Marks’ energy to get back into competition is nearly unrivaled and it showed in her opening heat of the 2017 season. “I’m just psyched to be surfing after being really sick yesterday so it’s a great day today,” Marks said. “I love surfing heats and came down to watch my brother earlier today to support him, and get a feel for conditions which was nice. After not really having a break at the end of last year with a lot of traveling, it was great to go home and spend some time with my family. I’ve been trying new boards, same Chemistry models, but just having fun with them and little tweaks to see what works even better — I’m excited to get this year started.”

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Caroline Marks (USA) blasted a 14.34 heat total in Round of the Shoe City Pro Women’s QS1000. Photo: WSL

A 7:30 a.m. PST Call will determine an 8:00 a.m. start for the men’s Round 4, followed by women’s Quarterfinals.

New Jersey’s Maddie Peterson finished 2nd in her Round 1 heat behind Kirra Pinkerton. Photo: WSL

For more information on the Shoe City Pro QS1,000, go to www.worldsurfleague.com or download the WSL App and receive updates on your mobile device.

Upcoming Men’s Shoe City Pro Round 4 Match Ups:
Heat 1: Ian Crane (USA), Taylor Clark (USA), Cam Richards (USA), Shuji Nishi (JPN)
Heat 2: Kilian Garland (USA), Matt Passaquindici (USA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Cory Arrambide (USA)
Heat 3: Brett Simpson (USA), Victor Done (USA), Takumi Nakamura (JPN), Colt Ward (USA)
Heat 4: Jake Kelley (USA), Noah Beschen (HAW), Jake Marshall (USA), Peterson Crisanto (BRA)

Upcoming Women’s Quarterfinal Match Ups:
Heat 1: Chelsea Tuach (BRB), Alexxa Elseewi (USA), Mainei Kinimaka (HAW), Rachel Presti (USA)
Heat 2: Bailey Nagy (HAW), Samantha Sibley (USA), Caroline Marks (USA), Chelsea Roett (BRB)
Heat 3: Tia Blanco (USA), Maddie Peterson (USA), Frankie Harrer (DEU), Elle Sampiere (USA)
Heat 4: Kirra Pinkerton (USA), Kaleigh Gilchrist (USA), Dax McGill (USA), Bethany Zelasko (USA)

Rachel Presti finished runner-up to fellow Space Coast surfer Caroline Marks in Round 1 and will surf against Barbados’ Cheslea Tuach in the Quarterfinals. Photo: WSL

Women’s Shoe City Pro QS1,000 Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 12.03, Samantha Sibley (USA) 11.26, Kloee Openshaw (USA) 8.10, Cassidy McClain (USA) 7.04
Heat 2: Mainei Kinimaka (HAW) 13.60, Chelsea Roett (BRB) 10.13, Leila Riccobuano (HAW) 9.25, Tiare Thompson (USA) 5.92
Heat 3: Bailey Nagy (HAW) 16.67, Alexxa Elseewi (USA) 9.76, Malia Ward (USA) 8.90, Brooke Daigneault (USA) 5.80
Heat 4: Caroline Marks (USA) 14.34, Rachel Presti (USA) 12.80, Nicole Fulford (USA) 9.24, Caitlin Griffin (USA) 4.90
Heat 5: Tia Blanco (USA) 13.57, Kaliegh Gilchrist (USA) 11.56, Kayla Coscino (USA) 7.87, Autumn Hays (USA) 7.86
Heat 6: Frankie Harrer (DEU) 13.23, Bethany Zelasko (USA) 11.07, Sara Taylor (USA) 8.63, Savannah Bradley (USA) 6.53
Heat 7: Kirra Pinkerton (USA) 13.13, Maddie Peterson (USA) 10.17, Shelby Detmers (USA) 8.27, Kayla Durden (USA) 5.33
Heat 8: Dax McGill (HAW) 10.06, Elle Sampiere (USA) 7.64, Meah Collins (USA) 7.36, Malia Osterkamp (USA) 6.57

Central Florida’s Nicole Fulford finished 3rd in an East Coast super heat with Caroline Marks and Rachel Presti. Photo: WSL

Men’s Shoe City Pro QS1,000 Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Ian Crane (USA) 15.07, Matt Passquindici (USA) 12.87, Barron Mamiya (HAW) 11.20, Tomas King (CRI) 7.34
Heat 2: Cam Richards (USA) 14.77, Cory Arrambide (USA) 13.26, Parker Coffin (USA) 12.20, Knox Harris (USA) 6.50
Heat 3: Kilian Garland (USA) 14.03, Taylor Clark (USA) 13.40, Eliott Napias (HAW) 9.67, Braden Jones (USA)
Heat 4: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 14.77, Shuji Nishi (JPN) 11.84, Luke Marks (USA) 11.37, Matthew Pagan (USA) 10.90
Heat 5: Brett Simpson (USA) 11.97, Noah Beschen (HAW) 11.93, John Mel (USA) 11.14, Jordy Collins (USA)
Heat 6: Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 13.74, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 13.10, Timothee Bisso (GLP) 11.23, Micky Clarke (USA) 9.47
Heat 7: Jake Kelley (USA) 12.93, Victor Done (USA) 10.44, Jhony Corzo (MEX) 8.80, Micah Crozier (USA) 6.70
Heat 8: Jake Marshall (USA) 11.87, Colt Ward (USA) 11.03, Griffin Colapinto (USA) 10.76, Kairi Noro (JPN) 10.10

Remaining Men’s Shoe City Pro QS1,000 Round 2 Results:
Heat 9: Brett Simpson (USA) 11.20, Micky Clarke (USA) 10.06, Chris Waring (USA) 8.93, Keoni Picollo (HAW) 7.77
Heat 10: Jordy Collins (USA) 14.50, Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 13.67, Cobie Gittner (USA) 7.27, Gabriel Farias (BRA) 5.36
Heat 11: Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 10.17, Noah Beschen (HAW) 9.10, Jeremy Ryan (USA) 8.50, Keitaro Fujinuma (JPN) 6.63
Heat 12: Timothee Bisso (GLP) 12.93, John Mel (USA) 12.04, Kade Matson (USA) 10.83, Lucca Mesinas (PER) 8.03
Heat 13: Micah Crozier (USA) 10.17, Kairi Noro (JPN) 9.47, Luke Gordon (USA) 8.90, Dylan Hord (USA) 7.00
Heat 14: Jake Kelley (USA) 15.20, Jake Marshall (USA) 13.00, Rob Kelly (USA) 10.03, Brandon Todd (USA) 1.84
Heat 15: Colt Ward (USA) 14. 03, Victor Done (USA) 10.87, Andrew Jacobson (USA) 10.37, Kevin Schulz (USA) 10.36
Heat 16: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 13.37, Jhonny Corzo (MEX) 11.74, Elijah Fox (HAW) 11.00, Jacob Szekely (USA) 8.96

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