The 2017 Vans US Open of Surfing will continue today beginning with the World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour (CT) Trials, which determined the wildcard into the main event. Clean, four-to-five foot (1.2 – 1.5 metre) waves are now on offer to open up the Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) following the Women’s CT Trials.
Maud Le Car (FRA) won the womenâ€™s Trials and earned a spot into the Vans US Open of Surfing Womenâ€™s CT main event at Huntington Beach. Le Car did battle with Alyssa Spencer (USA), Caroline Marks (USA), and Tia Blanco (USA) in a thirty-minute heat that the French talent emerged victorious.
“This is always exciting to have these young up-and-comers have a chance at getting into the CT event,” WSL Deputy Commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer said. “It was a great heat and to see Maud [Le Car] take the win . It’s going to be great to see the men’s action get underway as well with all the big names coming into this event so we’re excited and can’t wait to get underway.”
Following the Women’s Trials, the Men’s QS 10,000 is nowÂ underway with Rounds 1 and 2 action.
Trials winner Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) will make his debut in Round One, Heat 1 against former World Junior Champion Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), Tanner Hendrickson (HAW)Â and Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY).
Round 1, Heat 5 stacks Australian talent Mikey Wright (AUS) against Charly Martin (FRA), Pedrdo Henrique (PRT), and 2016 North America Pro Junior Champion Nolan Rapoza (USA).
The Vans US Open of Surfing will be broadcast LIVE from July 31 – August 6 via VansUSOpenofSurfing.com, WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal and as part of the EDGEsport Network.
Recognized as the largest professional sports competition and action sports festival in the world, the Vans US Open of Surfing is currently sanctioned and operated by the World Surf League under license from IMG, the event owner. Official partners of this year’s event include Vans, Jeep, Airbnb, Michelob Ultra, Hydro Flask, G-Shock, LifeProof, CLIF Bar, Dâ€™Angelico Guitars, Red Bull, Frontier, Ralphs, Peetâ€™s Coffee, and 7-Eleven.
Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s Championship Tour Trials Result:
1 – Maud Le Car (FRA) 10.00
2 – Caroline Marks (USA) 9.60
3 – Alyssa Spencer (USA) 8.70
4 – Tia Blanco (USA) 7.50
Vans US Open of Surfing Menâ€™s QS 10,000 Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT), Tanner Hendrickson (HAW), Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY), Matthew McGillivray (ZAF)
Heat 2: Luel Felipe (BRA), Timothee Bisso (GLP), Reo Inaba (JPN), Mason Ho (HAW)
Heat 3: Hiroto Arai (JPN), Jacob Willcox (AUS), Leandro Usuna (ARG), Shane Holmes (AUS)
Heat 4: Marco Fernandez (BRA), Shun Murakami (JPN), Oâ€™Neill Massin (PYF), Brent Dorrington (AUS)
Heat 5: Mikey Wright (AUS), Charly Martin (FRA), Pedro Henrique (PRT), Nolan Rapoza (USA)
Heat 6: Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI), Robson Santos (BRA), Mateia Hiquily (PYF), Eli Olson (HAW)
Heat 7: David do Carmo (BRA), Jack Robinson (AUS), Kilian Garland (USA), Finn McGill (HAW)
Heat 8: Jorgann Couzinet (FRA), Nomme Mignot (FRA), Kiron Jabour (HAW), Cody Young (HAW)