Tops Seeds Decimate 1st Street Jetty in Round 4 Debuts

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Top Seeds Decimate 1st Street Jetty Lineup
in Vans Pro QS3,000 Round 4 Debuts

– remaining round 3 heats completed before men charged into Round 4 action
– top seeds post near-perfection and powerful performances
– more information available AT WORLDSURFLEAGUE.COM

Defending Vans Pro QS3,000 winner Evan Geiselman (USA) is back into Round 5 with a debut heat win in today’s action. Credit: © WSL / Ferguson

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia/ USA (Thursday, August 24, 2017) –  A rising nor’easter delivered fun, one-to-three-foot conditions to start Thursday’s action at the World Surf League (WSL) Vans Pro Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000. The remaining six heats of Round 3 were contested before diving straight into Round 4 battles where top seeds made their big debuts. Sparks ignited with powerful, high-performance surfing from some of the QS elite and Championship Tour (CT) caliber competitors in attendance to determine crucial Round 5 match-ups.


Caption: Reo Inaba (JPN) debuted in phenomenal fashion with a 9.77.
Credit: WSL/ Ferguson

Chiba, Japan native Reo Inaba (JPN) unleashed two critical turns on a 1st Street Jetty gem for a near-perfect 9.77 (out of a possible 10), the event’s highest single-scoring wave so far, and garnered a massive 16.60 (out of a possible 20) heat total. Inaba’s prowess in small waves gave him a big edge as he had the field in a combination situation, meaning the competitors needed two new scores to match Inaba’s heat total, when the final horn sounded. The Japanese contender currently sits at No. 124 on the QS and looks to hit his stride heading into the back half of 2017.

“That was a super fun heat and surfing waves like this at home helps my confidence coming here each year,” Inaba said. “I really want to get some good points here since I haven’t done too well this year so this one is important — especially now that contests are based on current rankings. This is my first year in the QS10,000s and I want to keep building up to those with good results. It’s really exciting, but I’m also nervous at the same time so I’ll have to stay focused on each heat and each event as they happen.”


Caption: Keanu Asing (HAW) is hungry to get back to the Dream Tour, but made a dream away from competitive surfing a reality recently.
Credit: WSL/ Ferguson

Former CT competitor Keanu Asing (HAW) found near-perfection of his own with a 9.23 and highest heat total of the event so far — a 16.90. The South Shore, Oahu native is on track to making his way back to the Dream Tour after winning the Barbados Surf Pro QS3,000 earlier this year and an equal 9th at the Ballito Pro QS10,000. But, he’s looking to shake off an early upset at the Vans US Open of Surfing. Asing’s competitive surfing year isn’t the only thing looking bright after recently marrying long-time girlfriend Kailin Curran to add more positives toward his year.

“It’s super nice to be back here in Virginia, I love coming to this event,” Asing said. “Growing up in Ewa Beach, the waves are similar to this and I have such a good board from Wade Tokoro that I brought here so I’m already feeling comfortable. It’s definitely important to get some confidence back, I usually compete really well at the US open and this year was a rough one for me. But, that’s what comes with competition — you learn and move forward. This year has been no slowing down for me, I’ve had some tough heats, but haven’t slowed.”

“I’m always in striking distance of that Top 10, but I’m not thinking of points right now, I’m thinking of just getting to the podium,” Asing added. “I know if I get to that podium will come with good points and I know I have to step on the gas coming to the ending of the year. But, married life is amazing, me and my wife Kailin just got married two weeks ago now. We had such a blessed and amazing day. I feel very matured, my heads in the right place, and now I’m another step closer to my goals for this year. For me getting married to my wife was the biggest goal not only this year, but in my life.”


Caption: Former Vans Pro winner Kanoa Igararshi (USA) is back in Virginia Beach and right back in rhythm.
Credit: WSL/ Ferguson

After Kanoa Igarashi’s (USA) first-ever Vans US Open of Surfing win, he finds himself at No. 3 on the QS to back up his Sophomore slump on the CT. The Huntington Beach, California native made it his goal to stay in a jersey this year and has done just that — already taking part in six QS events in addition to his Dream Tour schedule. Igarashi began his momentum in Europe last year to re-qualify, in addition to making it in the Top 22 of the CT for double re-qualification, but is already on the right path to find his winning form earlier in the year.

“That win will be in the back of my head for awhile and I’ll just keep running with it, and see how far I can take that momentum with me,” Igarashi said. “This is my favorite part of the year, the first half is fun, but I feel like the back half is my where my strengths are and going into the US Open I told myself this where the year starts. I put myself in a good position heading into this part of the season which gives me a sense of confidence and I’m not as worried moving forward.”


Caption: At age 19, Griffin Colapinto (USA) is already making his charge toward CT qualification and showed that dominance today.
Credit: WSL/ Ferguson

Current QS No. 5 Griffin Colapinto’s (USA) returns to Virginia Beach a full-time QS surfer, after earning a spot in the Vans Pro Junior last year, and did so with an unrivaled forehand in Round 4’s opening heat. The 19-year-old showed his growing maturity in competitive surfing with patience and attacking the opportunities that came to him — earning an 8.17 and 15.07 heat total out of his three waves ridden. Colapinto is taking advantage of the Virginia Beach atmosphere before preparing for an important European leg ahead of him.

“I saw the wind pick up last night and knew there’d be those perfect little chip shots at high tide so I was pretty stoked on the conditions today,” Colapinto said. “I was just trying to be smart and wait for the right waves which helps a lot in these events. It makes a big difference from where my surfing was when I first started the QS to now and I just want to keep building on that. I came here looking for some momentum heading into Europe and get some heats under my belt, I basically have to win this one for it to be a keeper so I’m here having fun. It’s great to be able to come here with that mentality and I’m looking forward to the next heat.”


Caption: It wasn’t a typical start to Miguel Pupo’s (BRA) heat, but that didn’t stop him from another heat win.
Credit: WSL/ Ferguson

Miguel Pupo (BRA) continues to impress at the Vans Pro with his fourth-straight heat win to earn a spot into Round 5. The Brazilian CT competitor found his rhythm late in the heat after a slow start and made a big comeback to overcome Australian contender Wade Carmichael (AUS), 2016 North America QS Regional Champion Kilian Garland (USA), and an in-form Facundo Arreyes (BRA). Pupo’s mindset to stay busy paid off, but still feels there’s more to improve on after a blistering Round 1 performance earlier this week.

“I woke up late in that heat after trying to find waves, but here the wave has to find you it seems,” Pupo said. “They finally found me again and I was able to get the scores. I haven’t been freesurfing and saving my energy for heats which has helped a lot. My first heat was my best one and I’ve just been trying to better that, but just keep coming a little short each time. My goal is to find the wave and stay busy, and in rhythm with the ocean which I can hopefully do tomorrow if there’s more waves. It looks similar to north Brazil and know those waves pretty well so I just had to go back there in my mind to figure it out — it took me twenty-minutes, but it was good to finally get find them.”

Event organizers will reconvene in the morning to make a 7:30 a.m. EDT call for a possible 8:00 a.m. EDT start.

The Vans Pro Men’s QS3,000 and Pro Junior will run August 22 through 27 in coordination with the historical East Coast Surfing Championships (ECSC) — the world’s second-longest running contest, now in its 55th year, behind Bells Beach.

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Vans Pro Men’s QS3,000 Remaining Round 3 Results:
Heat 11:  Mateus Herdy (BRA) 12.17, Elijah Fox (HAW) 10.63, Jeremy Carter (USA) 5.10, Ben Coffey (USA) 6.83
Heat 12: Kaiki Yamanaka (JPN) 11.94, Eithan Osborne (USA) 11.66, Harley Ross (AUS) 9.66, Cole Houshmand (USA) 8.07
Heat 13: Sheldon Simkus (AUS) 11.67, Jonathan Zambrano Chila (ECU) 10.07, Philip Goold (USA) 8.76, Riley Laing (AUS) NS
Heat 14: Parker Coffin (USA) 12.26, Dylan Graves (PRI) 10.70, Gabriel Morvil (USA) 8.73, Jett Schilling (USA) 6.70
Heat 15: Shuji Nishi (JPN) 13.76, Taro Watanabe (USA) 9.50, Zander Venezia (BRB) 7.53, Noah Beschen (HAW) 6.33
Heat 16: Yuji Nishi (JPN) 13.60, Ryota Matsushita (JPN) 10.60, Tomas King (CRI) 9.80, Tyler Gunter (USA) 9.20

Vans Pro Men’s QS3,000 Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 15.17, Tommy Coleman (USA) 9.50 Kevin Schulz (USA) 8.37, David Economos (USA) 5.34
Heat 2: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.50, Wade Carmichael (USA) 13.33, Facundo Arreyes (ARG) 9.23, Kilian Garland (USA) 8.23
Heat 3: Reo Inaba (JPN) 16.60, Ian Crane (USA) 11.00, Arashi Kato (JPN) 8.27, Luke Gordon (USA) 6.87
Heat 4: Cory Arrambide (USA) 10.87, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 10.10, Noah Hill (USA) 6.03, Gabriel Farias (BRA) 9.40
Heat 5: Evan Geiselman (USA) 13.50, Taylor Clark (USA) 10.34, Brian Toth (PRI) 8.90, Stevie Pitmman (USA) 8.90
Heat 6: Jake Marshall (USA) 12.17, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 12.03, Kei Kobayashi (USA) 10.64, Pedro Todaro (BRA) 7.66
Heat 7: Luel Felipe (BRA) 14.10, Rob Kelly (USA) 11.94, Diego Mignot (FRA) 10.53, Vitor Mendes (BRA) 7.94
Heat 8: Kanoa Igararshi (USA) 14.50, Aaron Cormican (USA) 12.50, Barron Mamiya (HAW) 11.77, Jake Kelley (USA) 10.16
Heat 9: Keanu Asing (HAW) 16.90, Kade Matson (USA) 12.50, Jhonny Corzo (MEX) 11.53, Jairo Perez (CRI) 10.83
Heat 10: Flavio Nakagima (BRA) 12.13, Michael Dunphy (USA) 11.13, Dylan Goodale (HAW) 10.64, Yuji Mori (HAW) 6.43
Heat 11: Mateus Herdy (BRA) 13.44, Deivid Silva (BRA) 11.07, Jordy Collins (USA) 10.37, Eithan Osborne (USA) 9.50
Heat 12: Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 10.70, Kaiki Yamanaka (JPN) 9.53, Elijah Fox (HAW) 7.50, Carlos Munoz (CRI) 8.24
Heat 13: Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 11.66, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 10.90, Dylan Graves (PRI) 8.00, Sheldon Simkus (AUS) 7.87
Heat 14: Parker Coffin (USA) 9.83, Torrey Meister (HAW) 9.30, Josh Burke (BRB) 8.70, Jonathan Zambrano Chila (ECU) 8.57
Heat 15: Tomas King (CRI) 11.00, Shuji Nishi (JPN) 10.04, Dion Atkinson (AUS) 9.27, Leandro Usuna (ARG) 9.03
Heat 16: Taro Watanabe (USA) 13.50, Bino Lopes (BRA) 12.07, Ryota Matsushita (JPN) 10.10, Matt Passaquindici (USA) 7.00

Vans Pro Men’s QS3,000 Upcoming Round 5 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Griffin Colapinto (USA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Ian Crane (USA), Tanner Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 2: Tommy Coleman (USA), Wade Carmichael (AUS), Reo Inaba (JPN), Cory Arrambide (USA)
Heat 3: Evan Geiselman (USA), Jake Marshall (USA), Rob Kelly (USA), Aaron Cormican (USA)
Heat 4: Taylor Clark (USA), Cooper Chapman (AUS), Luel Felipe (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
Heat 5: Keanu Asing (HAW), Flavio Nakagima (BRA), Deivid Silva (BRA), Kaiki Yamanaka (JPN)
Heat 6: Kade Matson (USA), Michael Dunphy (USA), Mateus Herdy (BRA), Takumi Nakamura (JPN)
Heat 7: Kaito Ohashi (JPN), Coffer Coffin (USA), Shuji Nishi (JPN), Bino Lopes (BRA)
Heat 8: Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Torrey Meister (HAW), Tomas King (CRI), Taro Watanabe (USA)

Vans Pro Junior Upcoming Quarterfinal Match-Ups:
QF 1: Che Allan (BRB), Tommy Coleman (USA), Mateus Herdy (BRA), Chase Modelski (USA)
QF 2: Ryland Rubens (USA), Yuji Mori (JPN) Luke Gordon (USA), Nick Marshall (USA)
QF 3: Tyler Gunter (USA), John Mel (USA), Eithan Osborne (USA), Taro Watanabe (USA)
QF 4: Joh Azuchi (JPN), Jacob Burke (BRB), Stevie Pittman (USA), Jett Schilling (USA)

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