Normally in Huntington Beach onshore winds are on the surf by noon at the latest. Saturday was not your typical day in Huntington. Early in the morning conditions were pristine: 2-4 feet, glassy, bowly high tide runners. With the high hitting near 80, Santa Ana like winds were on tap for the better part of the day. A few surfers decided to take advantage of the rare occurrence.
San Clemente’s Luke Davis put up two huge heat scores today, taking a victory in the ‘QS side with a 14.00 and a victory in the Pro Junior side with a 17.00. His surfing is looking fluid and diverse as ever, and he’s one of three surfers into the quarterfinals of both the ‘QS and Pro Junior events (Taylor Thorne and Tyler Newton being the other two).
Of the more veteran guard, standouts from the last few days like Brandon Guilmette, Asher Nolan, Tom Rezvan, Teddy Navarro, and Micah Byrne all surfed their way to quarterfinal match-ups set for Sunday. But with only eight heats run today in the ‘QS event, Saturday belonged to the Pro Junior’s.
As mentioned before, Luke Davis put up the highest heat total of the day in his final heat in the Ezekiel Pro Junior today (17.00). Other Pro Junior standouts included Dege O’Connell—who put up the highest score of the event today with a grab rail reverse for a 9.8—, Tanner Hendrickson, Kolohe Andino, Evan Geiselman, aforementioned Tyler Newton, and Alex Smith—who looked like the young version of Andy Irons with knife-like precision, a smart repertoire, and power through every turn.
Conner Coffin also made his first appearance of the event today after missing his ‘QS heat earlier in the week due to strep throat. That setback from earlier in the week showed no signs of slowing him down in the Pro Junior event today, as he was all business out in the water. On his highest scoring wave of the day he blasted three man-like backside lippers earning him a 9.6.
The quarterfinals for both the ‘QS event and the Ezekiel Pro Junior are set in ink for Sunday. Sunday will also provide the conclusion to the 2010 Vans Pier Classic and Ezekiel Pro Junior, giving us two (or maybe one) champions by the days end. If you’re in the Huntington Beach area on Sunday be sure to stop by the Pier and check out the action.—Ryan Brower
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