Trialists, Juniors ignite opening weekend of the Hurley US Open of Surfing

GrindTV Newswire — HUNTINGTON BEACH,California (Sunday, August 1, 2010) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) PRIME US Open of Surfing presented by Hurley and Nike 6.0 saw its first glimpse of action today with veteran campaigners mixing with young talent to march through the event’s trials while top seeds hit the water in ASP Grade-2 Pro Junior action.

Surfers competing in the ASP PRIME US Open of Surfing are out to establish themselves as the globe’s finest talent on the ASP World Ranking while ASP Pro Junior competitors are looking to find their way atop their regional ratings to qualify for the ASP World Junior Tour.

Luke Davis (CapistranoBeach, CA), 17, put in an impressive performance today to advance into the US Open of Surfing main event after taking out his Round of 32 ASP Pro Junior heat. The young Californian defeated former ASP Dream Tour surfer Ben Bourgeois (Wrightsville Beach, NC), 31, and progressive standout Clay Marzo (Maui, HI), 21, in the trials to advance through to the Round of 128 of the men’s mainevent.

“I feel really good,” Davis said. “It was a long day and that last heat was really hard. I’m just stoked that those waves came through at the end and I won my Pro Junior heat aswell, so it’s been a pretty good day.”

Davis, who is a constant standout on the ASP Pro Junior rankings, is hungry to capitalize on the priceless ratings points on offer at this year’s ASP PRIME event to help his ASP World Ranking.

“I did on major event last year, but didn’t do well so hopefully I can do well out here,” Davis said. “Getting into this event is definitely good for me. I want to start doing more events to help my World Ranking, especially next year.”

Kolohe Andino (San Clemente, CA), 16, started strong in his Round of 32 ASP Grade-2 US Open Junior Pro presented by PacSun heat by smashing one of the highest single wave scores of the day with a variety of carves and tail drifting turns to the tune of an 8.33 out of 10 to take out his stacked opening round heat over current ASP North America Pro Junior Series ratings leader Evan Geiselman (New SmyrnaBeach, FL), 16, who advanced behind Andino in second. “I saw that I had Evan (Geiselman) in my heat and I was kind of worried because he’s been ripping and he’s been beating me lately too,” Andino said. “People say that we’re rivals, but we’re actually best friends too. I just wanted to get a really quick start because I was really nervous. I got one and started getting it going so that was nice.”

Andino, who is currently sitting in the No. 3 position on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series, is in a comfortable position to qualify for the ASP World Junior Tour with his combined effort on the ASP Men’s World Ranking and feels his solid standing has relieved a great deal of pressure entering the US Open Junior Pro.

“I’m prettycomfortable with where I’m sitting in the ratings, so I’m feeling pretty confident,” Andino said. “I’m not worried about making World’s like some of the other kids because this is the last event. Being comfortable and being calm is a huge thing, so I feel good. Also, I have two new boards that work amazing so I’m stoked.”

Finalists were decided today as well for the women’s ASP Grade-2 US Open Junior Pro presented by PacSun with reigning ASP World Junior Champion Laura Enever (AUS), 18, current ASP Women’s World Tour campaigner Coco Ho (North Shore, HI), 19, defending event champion Malia Manuel (Kauai, HI), 16, and Californian Sage Erickson (Ventura, CA), 19, all earning the right to battle for this year’s title.

The US Open of Surfingruns from July 31 through August 8, 2010 and will begin LIVE webcast onTuesday, August 3 via http://usopenofsurfing.com.

Photo: Kolohe Andino on his way to victory in his Pro Junior heat.

US Open of SurfingTrials Round of 132 Results:

Heat 1: Ola Eleogram (HAW) 9.63, Luke Davis (USA) 7.43,Richard Christie (NZL) 4.60, Jason Shibata (HAW) 3.10

Heat 2: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 15.84, Mike Losness (USA) 10.93,Ricky Whitlock (USA) 10.47, Kyle Knox (USA) 4.50

US Open of SurfingTrials Round of 140 Results:

Heat 1: Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 12.50, Richard Christie (NZL)11.66, Sterling Spencer (USA) 6.00, Matt Pagan (USA) 5.73

Heat 2: Luke Davis (USA) 12.36, Jason Shibata (HAW) 8.90,Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 7.20, Clay Marzo (HAW) 1.56

Heat 3: Kyle Knox (USA) 16.33, Mike Losness (USA) 14.10, HankGaskell (HAW) 10.07, Anthony Petruso (USA) 10.04

Heat 4: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 11.40, Ricky Whitlock (USA) 10.66,Jano Belo (BRA) 9.56, Dylan Southworth (MEX) 6.90