The second day of the US Open of Surfing was about settling in. With all the grit and glamour of the first day behind us, the contest rolled forward in less than appetizing surf in HB. But still, there were a few fun bowls on offer and the action never seemed to cease. The last few heats of Men’s Round 1 greeted the morning, followed by the entire Round 1 for the gals, and the day closed with the first six heats of Men’s Round 2. It was a long day, with lots of talent being put to great use. The crowd was substantially larger then the first day — tens of thousands of people swarmed the beach, spraying eachother with sunscreen and rooting for the names that they think they’ve heard before. Airs were stuck and applause roared. And finally, it started feeling like the US Open again.
Standout of the Day: Julian Wilson. If you didn’t see the air that he landed in his Round 2 heat, immediately do so. We’re naming Julian the lone standout of the day just because we like his gall
Honorable Mention(s): Carissa Moore tore through her Round 1 heat. She surfed with ferocity, like there was a world title on the line, probably because there is. Sally Fitzgibbons put on a hell of a show too. That dame really knows how to wet the rail. Kolohe Andino also blazed through his second round heat, chalking up his 1453rd career heat win at Huntington Beach. We’re thinking you should keep an eye on the kid.
What to Watch For: You’d have to think that Julian Wilson’s air got all of his competitors buzzing. The clip-worthy beast of a punt was stuck with ease, earning him a 9.83 and the loudest applause we’ve heard since… well, last year’s US Open. Expect to see competitors go bigger and bigger as the event moves forward.