Current ASP World No. 1 Jordy Smith pushed all the way through to the Final at the U.S. Open in Huntington Beach, meeting up with defending champ and HB local Brett Simpson. Unfortunately for Smith, Simpson jumped out to an early lead in their final heat and he simply couldn’t be caught.
“Jordy has been getting quick starts, so I tried to go out there and get a decent start,” Simpson said. “I got a five, and it was a low-scoring heat, but all the waves I caught I maximized. Jordy had that one wave, where if he pulled that air it could have been a different ballgame. That’s the risk you take to be rewarded and with the level these days, that’s where it’s at.”
Smith (pictured at left), who posted the highest scores of the day in the Quarterfinals, ousted dangerous ASP Pro Junior surfer Miguel Pupo from Brazil. He met up with Red Bull teammate and two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning in the Semifinals, edging him out to face Simpson.
“It wasn’t exactly J-Bay; it’s Huntington, it’s never going to be perfect,” Smith said. “You’ve got to adapt to everything and Brett did that the best. It’s a big event and Brett has done it again, congratulations to him.”
Smith has been on an absolute tear throughout the 2010 ASP season and has been a consistent finalist in several events. Although Smith was hungry to clinch the U.S. Open of Surfing title, he was pleased with the result and the ASP PRIME points.
“It’s still a good result,” Smith said. “We’ll see how the year goes from here; I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch. I am having a pretty good year. I’m just relaxing and feeling confident.”
Evan Geiselman (pictured at top and at left), who put in an amazing performance in the men’s ASP PRIME event via his wildcard entry, stormed to victory at the ASP Grade-2 Pro Junior over a tough list of talent including Brazil’s Alejo Muniz and Miguel Pupo, as well as his Red Bull teammate Kolohe Andino.
“I just had fun this whole week,” Geiselman said. “I took it serious, but just had fun and did what I wanted to do. I didn’t let anything get in my heat and just surfed.”
The young Floridian’s U.S. Open Pro Junior victory saw Evan follow in his older brother Eric’s footsteps by clinching the family’s second ASP North America Pro Junior Series Title.
“I think I’ve just been rolling off of this whole year with confidence,” Geiselman said. “This year has been crazy for me and I can’t believe it. To win the ASP North America Pro Junior Title is amazing and I’m just looking forward to going to Bali. That was my main goal this year, so this is awesome.”