Brazilians dominate in dismal surf on day 4 of U.S. Open

After another day of marginally ridable conditions in Huntington Beach, no one’s surprised that the Brazilians were unstoppable. Of the six remaining in the event, five of them won their three-man round of 24 heats today, sending them straight to the round of 16.

Filipe Toledo started the day by embarrassing Kai Otton and Tanner Gudauskas in heat 1; despite the handicap of an early interference call, the young regular foot took to the air for a 9.8 to still win the heat by over a point. In fact, the only Brazilian loss came from friendly fire today, as Alex Ribeiro fell to Adriano de Souza in heat 6.

Gabriel Medina put in a statement of a heat against Granger Larsen and Nat Young, posting a 9.93 and a 9.10 for 19.03–the highest heat total of the event.

Eight heats were completed today, setting up another eight to be run once competition resumes. The man-on-man elimination round of 24 heats, which will include Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, and Nat Young, will begin Friday at 8:30 a.m. Conditions are expected to improve as a new SW swell moves in.

Heat 1:
Filipe Toledo (BRA) 13.24, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.17, Kai Otton (AUS) 10.30
Heat 2: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 16.44, Jay Thompson (USA) 10.43, Tim Reyes (USA) 10.27
Heat 3: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 12.40, Stu Kennedy (AUS) 11.50, Dane Reynolds (USA) 6.06
Heat 4: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 18.06, Yadin Nicol (AUS) 14.84, Kelly Slater (USA) 14.47
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 19.03, Granger Larsen (HAW) 15.20, Nat Young (USA) 9.27
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.30, Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 13.57, Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 12.10
Heat 7: John John Florence (HAW) 15.57, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.44, Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 12.87
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.33, Brett Simpson (USA) 13.54, Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.33