Photos: US Open of Surfing, Day Two

The first day of mixed gender surfing got the crowd roaring at the always interesting HB Pier.
By Brian Roddy

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.

 

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Adriano de Souza, Post Morning Freesurf
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Adriano de Souza, Post Morning Freesurf You can count on this frisky fellow being out every morning before a comp. © Damea Dorsey
Carissa Moore Checks One
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Carissa Moore Checks One A checkered past, this one. © Damea Dorsey
Carissa Moore, A Victor
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Carissa Moore, A Victor The smile of a 15.87 heat total. © Damea Dorsey
Sally Fitzgibbons Lays Rail
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Sally Fitzgibbons Lays Rail Solid surfing in not so solid waves. © Damea Dorsey
Sally Fitzgibbons, Vert Through the Foam
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Sally Fitzgibbons, Vert Through the Foam Takes more than a little bit of white water to hinder this babe. © Damea Dorsey
Sally and the Gals
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Sally and the Gals We're fans of her fans. © Damea Dorsey
Sofia Mulanovich's Hack
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Sofia Mulanovich's Hack World champion form. © Damea Dorsey
The Circus Is In Town
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The Circus Is In Town Try finding a parking spot. We dare you. © Damea Dorsey
Evan Geiselman Flares
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Evan Geiselman Flares Second only to Felipe Toledo. © Damea Dorsey
Adriano de Souza Punts
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Adriano de Souza Punts Tail high and ready to roll. © Damea Dorsey
Kolohe Andino Paddles
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Kolohe Andino Paddles Cool rails Brother. © Damea Dorsey
Kolohe Andino Punts
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Kolohe Andino Punts This is how to win a heat. © Damea Dorsey
Julian Wilson Throws Tail
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Julian Wilson Throws Tail X marks the spot. © Damea Dorsey
Julian Wilson, That Air
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Julian Wilson, That Air He rotated this one all the way around and stuck it in the flats to earn the day's highest score. © Damea Dorsey
Julian Gets Mobbed
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Julian Gets Mobbed Not so touch, lady in black. © Damea Dorsey
Michel Bourez Eyes The Lip
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Michel Bourez Eyes The Lip Spartan fury. © Damea Dorsey
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