The final day of competition at the Vans US Open of Surfing, Stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT), will recommence today with the women’s Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Final called ON for a 10:00 a.m. start in three-to-five foot (1 – 1.5 meter) waves on the Southside of the Huntington Beach Pier. The day will kick off with the men’s QS10,000 Quarterfinals at 8:00 a.m.
“We are seeing a lot more energy in the water for what is shaping up to be an exciting Finals day for both the women and men,” said WSL Deputy Commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer. “We are on for the day with the men’s QS10,000 Quarterfinals starting the action followed by the women’s CT Quarterfinals. It is going to be an exciting day crowning two new Champions here in Huntington Beach. Fans are already lining the beach and we look forward to great competition in the water today. ”
The Quarterfinals will see heated match-ups as the world’s best female surfers battle for to advance to the Semifinals. Must-see match-ups include six-time WSL ChampionStephanie Gilmore (AUS) against Malia Manuel (HAW) in Heat 4, and 2016 WSL Rookie Keely Andrew (AUS) against compatriot Tyler Wright (AUS) in Heat 3.
Courtney Conlogue (USA), Huntington Beach local and current World No. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard, will face Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) in the second Quarterfinal match-up.Up in the women’s Quarterfinals will be an all out battle between Californians Lakey Peterson (USA) and Sage Erickson (USA). Peterson – who has yet to drop a heat in this event – will fight for a strong finish at her debut event of the 2016 season after suffering from an ankle injury earlier this year.
The men’s QS10,000 will see exciting head-to-head match-ups, including hometown hero Kanoa Igarashi (USA) against event standout Bino Lopes (BRA). Heat 2 will witness reigning WSL Champion Adriano de Souza (BRA) battle Sebastian Zietz (HAW) for an opportunity to advance to the Semifinals.
Up first will be 17-year-old phenom Ethan Ewing (AUS) up against CT rookie Ryan Callinan (AUS) in the opening heat of the men’s Quarterfinals.