Oh hey guys,
Jeffrey Myers here reporting from another gangbusters gathering here in Virginia Beach.
Well the oceanfront was going just mad today at the 50th annual ECSC as people flocked by the masses. Sunshine, rain and rainbows, today provided a little bit of everything for just about every human.
The smell of sea salt, food vending, stale beer, greed, despair, victory and defeat filled the air as our most populated day to date entertained us all. Live music, professional volleyball, amateur and professional surfing, motocross, bmx, skateboard, extreme food vending and the “Vendors Village” had the entire Virginia Beach oceanfront captivated from sunrise to sunset…
Some staggered around like zombies from a night blown out proper courtesy of the nightlife that all to easily consumes those who dare to venture out come nightfall as others jumped rope, coaches in tow practicing proper breathing techniques before going into battle on this leg of the ever so unforgiving tour also known as the World Qualifying Series.
The good news being “Virginia is for lovers” and is a gracious host to both!
The scene today was very similar to a sugar free US Open as painted people littered the beach with a belly full of energy drink covered from head to toe in free swag courtesy of a planet otherwise known as the “Vendors Village”. I took a decent little stroll around for good measure before getting completely sucked into the event as each round grew more difficult making today’s heats extremely dramatic to spectate.
The east coast contingency looked solid, as conditions were only a hair bigger with even dicier winds on tap, something we as east coasters know all to well…
The likes of Michael Powell, Evan Thompson, Phillip Goold, Cody Thompson, Brett Barley and wonder grom Noah Schweizer flew the flag high and mighty for the east coast all falling just short from advancing into the round of twenty-four. Usual suspects Curran, Larsen, Zietz, Asing, Davis, Gudauskas, Filipe Toledo as well as a host of his fellow countrymen all looked very much on point advancing on as we wrapped up the round of forty eight.
Entering into the round of 24 spectacular moments were hosted by Ezekiel Lau, Filipe Toledo, Tanner Gudauskas and Jack Freestone as dark horses Dege O'Connell, Eric Geiselman and local favorite Michael Dunphy also sparred their way into further advancement!
Going into the man on man rounds I was certainly expecting to see very competitive strategies unfold and to my surprise there was very little hassling taking place as these windy little peaks allowed each competitor to focus in their own little zones. A higher tide proved less consistent conditions as some struggled to land solid back up waves. Highlights include Dege O'Connell’s victory over Torrey Meister securing him a quarter final position, an inform and crowd favorite Michael Dunphy going it alone as the sole soldier representing his home town and the east coast as well as a lightening fast and extremely confident Filipe Toledo coming off a 5-Star victory in Lacanau!
Sunday is the day of days here in Virginia Beach as we will be bringing this event to a close crowning both a mens and juniors champion, do stand by as I will be reporting back on these fireworks folks!!
As for now I aim to quench this thirst of mine with my foe the “Orange Crush”, cheers to all and much aloha!
Over and out,
Sir Jeffrey Myers
ASP Press Release: Quarterfinalists Decided at Coastal Edge ECSC pres. by Vans
VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia/USA (Saturday, August 25, 2012) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 6-Star Coastal Edge ECSC pres. by Vans and hydrated by vitaminwater returned to 1st Street Jetty and today's action saw the event's top performers take on consistently changing two-to-four foot waves and extreme weather changes.
The 50th annual Coastal Edge ECSC pres. by Vans began the day by completing Round 3 and capitalized on the peaking swell to finish Rounds 4 and 5 as well, leaving only the Quarterfinals for the final day of competition.
Filipe Toledo (BRA), 17, was responsible for three heat wins today and the young Brazilian released his patented forehand aerial surfing as well as an impressive backhand attack to earn his Quarterfinals berth.
"I'm pretty happy to have made that last heat and to move on to the next round," Toledo said. "Conditions changed a lot throughout the day, but I'm feeling pretty good and pretty relaxed."
Toledo, current No. 19 on the ASP World Ranking, is fresh off of an ASP 5-Star win in Lacanau, France and the Brazilian upstart is hoping to put together another win in Virginia Beach to further his chances of joining the ASP Top 34 for next season.
"I'm going to try and get a win here because there are huge points to qualify for the WCT," Toledo said. "I have two more Primes in Hawaii and after this I'm going to Zarautz to try and get more points. Hopefully I can continue to build my ranking."
Hizunome Bettero (BRA), 26, was another Brazilian to standout in the consistently changing conditions at 1st Street Jetty. The veteran campaigner was also successful in three heats today and relied on patient wave selection to earn his spot in the Quarterfinals.
"I just tried to get the better waves and build my scores," Bettero said. "I just tried to catch a wave with a little wall and it worked out. I'm glad I made it through."
Tanner Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), 24, who finished equal 5th at the previous ASP event in Lacanau, maintained his form at the Coastal Edge ECSC pres. by Vans and continued to detonate powerful backhand combinations and a wide variety of forehand gouges and carves to advance through three heats today.
"I was just trying to catch as many waves as I could and three heats of it, I was getting a little tired at the end," Gudauskas said. "I was stoked that Eric and I had a fun heat. He's been surfing well this whole event. I feel like I've been having a ton of fun and I haven't been thinking about the event too much, but I'm stoked. I made the Quarters in Lacanau and now Quarters here, it's the first time I've backed up a result this year."
Sebastien Zietz (HAW), 24, took a come from behind victory over Brazilian Tomas Hermes (BRA), 25, in their Round of 16 affair. The talented Hawaiian locked in to two right-handers in the back half of his heat to overtake the Brazilian and secure his Quarterfinals berth.
Zietz, current No. 29. on the ASP World Ranking, has been building momentum throughout the season and attributes a more relaxed approach to this year's success.
"I was doing pretty well at first when I started doing these events and then did worse and worse for a few years," Zietz said. "I've kind of kicked it into gear this year and you've got to just be happy. We're so lucky to live this lifestyle and I'm just trying to be stoked and be happy."
The final day of Coastal Edge ECSC presented by Vans and hydrated by vitaminwater will begin tomorrow morning at 8am local time and will be webcast LIVE via www.vans.com/ecsc
For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com or www.aspnorthamerica.org. In addition to the surfing action, the Coastal Edge ECSC presented by Vans will include a premier BMX contest, the Vans LXVI BMX Invitational, as well as skating, motocross, music and more.
COASTAL EDGE ECSC PRES. BY VANS ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Nathan Yeomans (USA) 14.34 def. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 10.84
Heat 2: Michael Dunphy (USA) 12.67 def. Santiago Muniz (ARG) 9.23
Heat 3: Jean Da Silva (BRA) 14.77 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 9.70
Heat 4: Dege O'Connell (HAW) 11.17 def. Torrey Meister (HAW) 7.33
Heat 5: Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 12.97 def. Granger Larsen (HAW) 12.06
Heat 6: Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 12.87 def. Tomas Hermes (BRA) 9.47
Heat 7: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 11.00 def. Eric Geiselman (USA) 10.50
Heat 8: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.00 def. Nathaniel Curran (USA) 12.43
COASTAL EDGE ECSC PRES. BY VANS ROUND OF 24 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 16.33, Michael Dunphy (USA) 13.93, Jeremy Johnston (USA) 10.50
Heat 2: Santiago Muniz (ARG) 13.17, Nathan Yeomans (USA) 11.00, Dane Gudauskas (USA) 10.67
Heat 3: Jack Freestone (AUS) 15.14, Dege O'Connell (HAW) 11.14, Cory Arrambide (USA) 10.70
Heat 4: Torrey Meister (HAW) 14.40, Jean Da Silva (BRA) 11.34, Conner Coffin (USA) 9.17
Heat 5: Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 15.10, Tomas Hermes (BRA) 14.37, Mitch Crews
Heat 6: Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 12.17, Granger Larsen (HAW) 11.36, Gavin Gillette (HAW) 9.50
Heat 7: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 13.63, Nathaniel Curran (USA) 12.07, Luke Davis (USA) 9.06
Heat 8: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.83, Eric Geiselman (USA) 13.83, Keanu Asing (HAW) 11.94
COASTAL EDGE ECSC PRES. BY VANS ROUND OF 48 RESULTS:
HEAT 7: Tomas Hermes (BRA) 14.83, Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 14.50, Michael Powell (USA) 11.90, Michael February (ZAF) 11.70
Heat 8: Mitch Crews (AUS) 12.43, Gavin Gillette (HAW) 9.10, Evan Thompson (USA) 8.87, Victor Done (USA) 4.80
Heat 9: Granger Larsen (HAW) 14.53, Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 12.20, Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 9.73, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 7.90
Heat 10: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 12.50, Eric Geiselman (USA) 11.90, Noah Schweizer (USA)8.60, Ian Crane (USA0 7.54
Heat 11: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.13, Keanu Asing (HAW) 11.83, Ian Gentil (HAW) 8.66, Phillip Goold (USA) 7.00
Heat 12: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.80, Luke Davis (USA) 11.93, Cody Thompson (USA) 7.70, Brett Barley (USA) 5.57
About ASP: The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the recognized world governing body of professional surfing and has been crowning surfing's undisputed World Champions since 1976. The ASP sanctions and crowns World Champions for the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women's World Tour, ASP World Junior Tour, ASP World Longboard and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts and other media platforms. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Japan, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.