Matt Banting (Port Macquarie, AUS), 18, finished equal 3rd at the Vans US Open of Surfing, falling to Alejo Muniz (BRA), 23, by a score of 14.00 to 11.50 in their Semifinals heat. Banting vaults from No. 92 to 41 on the men’s ASP World Ranking due to the result.
Banting proved to be darkhorse of the 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing, besting a flock of the world’s best surfers on his way to an incredible equal 3rd place finish. Banting went on to eliminate Jordy Smith (ZAF), 25, in the Quarterfinals, but was unable to surpass Muniz in their Semifinals clash.
“I’ve dreamt of that heat against Jordy (Smith) my whole life and to surf against him and to beat him, I’m so happy,” Banting said following his Quarterfinals win. “I was just wishing that no waves would come and to just better that 3.77 on my final wave. I’m just frothing. I’m not trying to qualify just yet. I’m taking it heat-by-heat and to beat Jordy, anything after that would have been a bonus.”
From Matt’s Facebook page: “So happy to beat Jordy this morning and to finish equal 3rd at the US Open. Such a great week, thank you California!” Congrats Matt!