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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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