Action at Day 2 of The Standup World Tour’s HB Pro

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Photo: Harry Wiewel

It was a full day of action at Day Two of the Huntington Beach Pro, as the Main Event got underway and a new swell turned up to make it a day to remember. Clean, head-high conditions rolled in for much of the day, as the world’s best took to the water to battle it out in Surf City USA.

Kai Lenny opened his event campaign with a flawless performance in Round 1, clearly making it known that he’s all business at this third stop on the 2013 Standup World Tour.

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Ian Vaz wowed the judges with his full rail and explosive surfing, making it directly through to Round 3. His brother, Caio also put on a strong performance in the opening round of the Main Event.

As expected, Leco Salazar, the 2012 World Champion, put on a strong performance in the opening round, as he comes off a win at the last stop in Brazil and continues his campaign to defend his 2012 World Title. Leco faced an on-form Matheus Salazar, clearly showcasing that surfing talent does run in the family.

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Other standouts from the day included Zane Schweitzer, who put on an impressive display of performance surfing just south of the pier, as did Sean Poynter, Mo Freitas (who won the Surf Race to Victory at the same location the weekend prior), Kody Kerbox, and Justin Holland. Also standing out were Alexis Deniel from France, Colin McPhilips from Southern California and Beau Nixon from Australia, all winning their first round heats to advance directly to the third round.

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Photo: Harry Wiewel

The repechage saw more close action, as the athletes battled it out for their last chance to make it back into the game, as standouts included Australians Jackson Close and Keahi de Aboitiz, as well as Airton Cozzolino, Matheus Salazar and Eric Miyakawa.

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Photo: Harry Wiewel

In the women’s division, strong performances from Caroline Angibaud, Candice Appleby, Iballa Moreno and Aline Adisaka saw them winning their first round heats to advance through to round, not to mention the young Izzi Gomez who put on a great display at Huntington Beach.

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Meanwhile in the repechage, it was Vanina Walsh who stole the show, posting some of the higher scores of the day. Round 3 has some exciting match ups, so make sure to watch it all unfold live at SUPtheMag.com and WatermanLeague.com

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Photo: Harry Wiewel

Last but not least, the Huntington Beach wildcard, Daniel Hughes made his presence felt in his first round heat, advancing alongside the current rankings leader and 2x World Champion Kai Lenny. Definitely someone to watch out for here at Huntington Beach.



There’s a lot more action to come today from the Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam. Stay tuned to SUPtheMag.com and WatermanLeague.com

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