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Vans US Open of Surfing: Lakey Returns

Vans US Open of Surfing: Lakey Returns

Stop No. 6 of 10 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT), at the US Open of Surfing, saw the world’s best female surfers take center stage on the southside of the Huntington Beach pier in two-to-five foot (0.5 – 1 meter) waves.

Sage Erickson of USA (pictured) surfing during her Round 1 heat of the Vans US Open of Surfing on Saturday July 23, 2016. PHOTO: © WSL/ Rowland SOCIAL @wsl This is a hand-out image from the Association of Surfing Professionals LLC ("World Surf League") for editorial use only. No commercial rights are granted to the Images in any way. The Images are provided on an "as is" basis and no warranty is provided for use of a particular purpose. Rights to individuals within the Images are not provided. The copyright is owned by World Surf League. Sale or license of the Images is prohibited. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Sage Erickson of USA (pictured) surfing during her Round 1 heat  of the Vans US Open of Surfing. PHOTO: © WSL/ Rowland 

Sage Erickson (USA) took down Jeep Rankings Leader Courtney Conlogue (USA) and Trials winner Meah Collins (USA) in Round 1 Heat 3. The all-Californian match-up saw all three competitors go wave for wave, but Erickson’s excellent 15.06 combined wave total secured her win over Conlogue’s 13.40. Collins tried to combat the CT veterans but just fell short. Collins will surf again in Round 2 alongside Conlogue for an opportunity to stay in the event.

“It is tough to compete against Courtney (Conlogue) because not only is she wearing that yellow jersey, but we’re here at her local spot in Huntington,” said Erickson. “I’ve been competing against Courtney for so long and we’ve had so many battles for years now. I just wanted to focus on myself in that heat. I am super happy to get two scores in that heat and to move on.”

Lakey Peterson surfing during Heat Five of Round 1 at The Vans US Open of SurfingLakey Peterson surfing during Heat Five of Round 1 at The Vans US Open of Surfing. Photo WSL/Rowland

Returned-to-form Lakey Peterson (USA) charged through her first heat of the 2016 Championship Tour season, taking down top-seed and three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) and Laura Enever (AUS). Peterson locked in a commanding 7.83 and found a solid 5.57 back-up score for the lead. Moore fought back with a 12.60 combined score, but was not able to close the 0.80 point gap needed to escape Round 2. Enever had one last opportunity in the last two minutes of the heat, but a priority mistake gave Peterson the advantage. Moore and Enever will surf again in elimination Round 2.

2016 Vans US Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach, CaliforniaLakey Peterson meets the fans. Photo WSL/Rowland

“It feels good to be back,” Peterson said. “My ankle and body are feeling great, and I’m stoked to be back at Huntington. Going straight into a heat with Carissa (Moore) was good for me. Whenever I have a heat with Carissa, or someone like Laura (Enever) who’s surfing really well, it just pushes me to do really well. I don’t feel like I have much to lose after missing half the season and just really trying to enjoy the back half. It’s always great to surf against them and to it feels good to get a heat win and know that I haven’t lost it. It was a lot of hard work to get back and I’m really excited for the week ahead.”

Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) garnered the highest heat score of the day, an excellent 15.20, and will advance to Round 3 after defeating six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) and Alessa Quizon (HAW). Weston-Webb unleashed a series of progressive maneuvers to stack up two solid seven-point rides. Quizon fought hard to take down the fellow Hawaiian by earning the highest single wave score of the day, a masterful 8.07, but it was not enough to take down Weston-Webb. Gilmore and Quizon will battle in elimination Round 2 when competition resumes.

“Huntington is a tricky beachbreak and with that it’s important to stay busy,” said Weston-Webb. “Two of my waves in the beginning weren’t that great but I was still getting my feet in the wax, I haven’t even surfed this board that much and I got sick a few days ago. Just to come back from a hard weekend to get two sevens in a row is a big confidence booster.”

Tyler Wright surfing during Heat Four of Round 1 at The Vans US Open of SurfingTyler Wright surfing during Heat Four of Round 1 at The Vans US Open of Surfing. Photo WSL/Rowland

Tyler Wright (AUS), current World No. 2 on the Jeep Rankings, edged through Round 1 Heat 4, barely defeating compatriot Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) by only 0.47 points. Wright locked in an 11.93 heat score fending off Van Dijk, who was not able to find a strong enough backup to take down Wright. Van Dijk and 2016 WSL Rookie Chelsea Tuach (BRB) will do battle in elimination Round 2 to stay in the event.

“I definitely had to make that opportunity happen for myself,” said Wright. “The ball was back in my court and just knew I had to make it count. Nikki (Van Dijk) got that last wave in and there was nothing I could do about it. Just made the most of what I had and kind of making those opportunities happen. Huntington is pretty simple. You just have to get yourself in the right spots for those opportunities when they come through and make the most of them.”

Coco Ho of Hawaii (pictured) surfing during her Round 1 heat of the Vans US Open of Surfing on Saturday July 23, 2016. PHOTO: © WSL/ Rowland SOCIAL @wsl This is a hand-out image from the Association of Surfing Professionals LLC ("World Surf League") for editorial use only. No commercial rights are granted to the Images in any way. The Images are provided on an "as is" basis and no warranty is provided for use of a particular purpose. Rights to individuals within the Images are not provided. The copyright is owned by World Surf League. Sale or license of the Images is prohibited. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Coco Ho of Hawaii (pictured) surfing during her Round 1 heat  of the Vans US Open of Surfing. PHOTO: © WSL/ Rowland 

Coco Ho (HAW) flew through Round 1 Heat 2 and will advance straight into Round 3. Riding the momentum from her win at the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro QS event in Oceanside, Ho charged through her heat to defeat defending event Champion Johanne Defay (FRA) and Bianca Buitendag (ZAF).

“I feel like the win yesterday didn’t even set in so if I didn’t make that heat it would’ve been a buzz kill,” said Ho. “It feels really good to get that win in Oceanside and I feel like I can ride it out a little longer. I was a little stressed that I haven’t surfed Huntington at all but everyone was reassuring me that Oceanside was the best practice I could’ve had. I’m stoked, I’ve got the same board, same everything and try to keep the ball rolling.”

The Vans US Open of Surfing has a competitive window from July 23 – August 1, 2016 and will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the WSL app.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com

Malia Manuel of Hawaii (pictured) surfing during her Round 1 heat of the Vans US Open of Surfing on Saturday July 23, 2016. PHOTO: © WSL/ Rowland SOCIAL @wsl This is a hand-out image from the Association of Surfing Professionals LLC ("World Surf League") for editorial use only. No commercial rights are granted to the Images in any way. The Images are provided on an "as is" basis and no warranty is provided for use of a particular purpose. Rights to individuals within the Images are not provided. The copyright is owned by World Surf League. Sale or license of the Images is prohibited. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.Malia Manuel of Hawaii surfing during her Round 1 heat  of the Vans US Open of Surfing. PHOTO: © WSL/ Rowland  

Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s Trials Results:
Heat 1: Meah Collins (USA) 13.03, Maud Le Car (FRA) 10.27, Alyssa Spencer (USA) 9.07, Caroline Marks (USA) 7.50

Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Malia Manuel (HAW) 13.14, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.50, Keely Andrew (AUS) 11.10
Heat 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 12.37, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 12.34, Johanne Defay (FRA) 7.40
Heat 3: Sage Erickson (USA) 15.06, Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.40, Meah Collins (USA) 9.73
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.93, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 11.46, Chelsea Tuach (BRB) 9.27
Heat 5: Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.40, Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.60, Laura Enever (AUS) 10.84
Heat 6: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) 15.20, Alessa Quizon (HAW) 14.80, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.56

Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s Upcoming Round 2 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) vs. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS)
Heat 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) vs. Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA) vs. Meah Collins (USA)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) vs. Chelsea Tuach (BRB)
Heat 5: Johanne Defay (FRA) vs. Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 6: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) vs. Laura Enever (AUS

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