2014 U.S. Open of Surfing Highlights
Putting herself very much in contention for the 2014 ASP Women's World Title with her win at the Open, Tyler Wright is now a mere 3,000 points behind ratings leader Carissa Moore. "All the girls have been ripping this entire event and it's been wonderful to see," Wright said. "I felt really relaxed and comfortable and everything has gone really well for me this week and I loved it."
For Filipe Toledo, who first exploded onto the scene with a performance at the U.S. Open Pro Junior a few years ago, winning the 2014 Open marks the biggest victory of his career. "I just turned my game to the air game so I could do what I love to do, and it worked," Toledo said.
Brazil's Willian Cardoso is a former world tour competitor, and judging by his performance in the tricky Huntington conditions, he hasn't lost a step since he fell off tour.
Handling Carissa Moore in the quarters, Malia Manuel in the semifinals and Steph Gilmore in the final, Tyler Wright brought her air game to Surf City and it paid off.
Holy Toledo! Always a high-flying threat in Huntington, Filipe Toledo blasted his way all the way to victory.
Finishing runner-up to Wright, Stephanie Gilmore still finds herself with an outside shot of winning another world title. "You can't really calculate too much right now," Gilmore said. "More than anything, I'm excited for the rest of the year and to be able to surf Trestles, France, Portugal and finish the year off in Honolua Bay."
Winner of the Pro Junior, Aussie Matt Banting made the most of his time in SoCal. "I'm over the moon," Banting said. "I couldn't really buy a wave throughout the heat and for that last wave to come in the last minutes was a gift from God." He also surfed his way into the quarters of the main event.
In a wave-starved heat, Carissa Moore fell to Tyler Wright in the quarterfinals, which will really make the ASP Women's World Title race interesting as we head down the stretch.
South Side Huntington
The first couple of days of the U.S. Open saw some pretty good surf, but as the week progressed the south swell backed off and the waves dropped.
Nikki Van Dijk
All was going well for Nikki Van Dijk until she came up against Malia Manuel in the quarters. After that she was relegated to signing autographs.
Lakey Peterson, who lost to Steph Gilmore in the quarterfinals in a low-scoring affair, is always a force in Huntington Beach.
In fine form, Jordy Smith takes the top off the inside reform in an early-round heat.
Welcome to Huntington
The U.S. Open of Surfing, the most crowded (and dusty) surf event on the planet.
ASP rookie Mitch Crews was hoping to come into Huntington Beach and get some much-needed momentum going. And while his performance was explosive at times, he's still looking for a result to get him going.
Local hero Courtney Conlogue is still nursing an injury and was forced to withdraw from her favorite event of the year, but that doesn't mean she didn't get plenty of crowd support.
Always a crowd favorite, but seldom a contender, Alana Blanchard made Huntington look good but failed to get the result she was hoping for.
Tatiana Weston Webb
The next great surfer to emerge from Kauai, Tatiana Weston Webb made a statement in HB. Expect to see a lot more of her in the future.