Day 3- lost some soldiers today- the girls LeeAnn Curren and Sally Fitzgibbons had shockers in their heats but still have the Womens event to go. Super tricky low tide S. wind and chunky w/ tons of current along with 3-6ft SSE swell made it difficult and luck played a huge factor on the low tide.
On the Jr side- Kiron lost in similar “couldn’t buy a wave” conditions. Quinn McCrystal went to town and advanced with Julian over current ASP N. America’s #1 rated surfer Cory Arrambide in the QTR and then lost in the Semi’s where he also “couldn’t buy a wave.” But this result is huge for him in the North American ASP Jr point standings….he ripped all week.
Riding the high and making a return to the podium, Chris Salisbury and Julian Wilson in a repeat of their Nike 6.0 Jr Final a few weeks ago. They both had the mojo flowing and no doubt Julian is the hands down favorite to take the $.
On the US open Mens Trials side- Marzo had a shocker in the Qtr while Alejo went to town making it into the heat draw with the bomb scores. He is a warrior as he has fever and a gnarly cough….Billy Hopkins and his dad took him to the hospital to be looked at. Hopefully nothing serious as I’ve had no news yet?
Our Oahu Logger Ned Snow also made the Longboard final
Day two saw great surfing from our QS riders. In the Jr- Julian Wilson of course blew up. Joan Duru held the single highest wave score of a 9.4pts. Quinn McCrystal used local knowledge to easily dispatch the overpaid grommets Kolohe Andino and Evan Geiselman although Evan held onto 2nd. Critta Salsibury did just enough to move through and Alejo Muniz clearly has the confidence and ability to win the whole thing coming off his ISA World Games victory. We lost Balaram to poor selection along with Tyler Newton.
Over in the Mens US Open side of things we lost Big Peter Mel to an in form Clay Marzo who dropped a mid 7 and a 9 something.…big tail whips and carving 360’s. Im not sure if there was any strategy involved but when this kid gets a wave, the fireworks start flying…along w/ big scores! Alejo Muniz went 18.33pts and is looking unstoppable…no doubt as to why he is the current U18 Champ.
The girls are surfing in their first appearance in the Jrs but I split after the boys Jrs.… LeeAnn Curren and Sally Fitzgibons should be making appearances either today or tomorrow.
US Open/ Honda Jr Pro- it was a good day with the exception of Clay losing in the Jr to an in form Kiron and Dylan Kowalski bowing out to an advancing Balaram Stack.
Tyler Newton ripped all day in both the Jr and Open as well as the standout in the opening 2 waves of the Battle of the Brands which QS made the final and was just pipped at the post by O’neill.
Standout performances were had by Kiron, Julian, Tyler, Sally Fitzgibbons in the teams event, Peter Mel and Clay Marzo in his US Open Mens heat in the afternoon which he smoked his competition. Also turning heats were Joan Duru and Chris Salsibury. Alejo will be up next tomorrow.