Vans US Open of Surfing Presented by Swatch Is ON

Courtesy of WSL – World Surf League

  • Women’s Round 2 Heat 7 Is In The Water
  • Men and Women Pro Juniors Take To The Water 
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Pictured: Hinako Kurokawa (JPN) powered through Round 1 and now faces seven-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) in Round 2.
Credit: © WSL / Morris
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Wednesday, July 31, 2019) –– The Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch, a World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 event, and one of the largest action sports festivals in the world, is ON for a 7:30am PDT start. Action resumes with women’s Round 2 Heat 7 and will be followed by some of North America’s, and the world’s, top men and women Pro Junior competitors.
One of the sport’s most iconic figures, seven-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) kicks off the morning against QS threats Sophie McCulloch (AUS), Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), and Hinako Kurokawa (JPN) in Round 2 Heat 7.
Former event winner Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) debuts in Round 2 Heat 9 where she faces former Championship Tour (CT) competitor Claire Bevilacqua (ITA), qualification hopeful Mahina Maeda (JPN) and Australian talent Kirra-Belle Olsson (AUS).
Last year’s World Title contender, former event winner, and California’s own Lakey Peterson (USA) takes on one of the QS elite Holly Wawn (AUS), former CT veteran Alessa Quizon (HAW), and 2017 World Junior Champion Vahine Fierro (FRA).
Action then shifts to some of the world’s top men and women Pro Juniors featuring the likes of North America No. 1’s Kade Matson (USA) and Caitlin Simmers (USA), reigning World Junior Champion Kirra Pinkerton (USA) alongside the nation’s finest such as Alyssa Spencer (USA) and Samantha Sibley (USA). But, they must take on an international field in attendance such as reigning World Junior Champion Mateus Herdy (BRA), Japan’s Joh Azuchi (JPN), Australia’s Caleb Tancred (AUS) and Sol Aguirre (PER).
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Alongside the surfing, the Vans US Open of Surfing also hosts skateboarding and BMX competitions alongside authentic community activations and artful entertainment in Surf City USA.
Recognized as the largest professional sports competition and action sports festival in the world, the Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch is currently sanctioned and operated by the World Surf League under license from IMG, the event owner. Official partners of this year’s event include Vans, Swatch, Jeep, ULTRA, Red Bull, Jose Cuervo, Barefoot Wine, Hydro Flask, Harley-Davidson, Polo Blue, BF Goodrich, CLIF Bar, and Frontier Communications.

The Vans US Open of Surfing pres. by Swatch will be broadcast LIVE on and Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.

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Upcoming Vans US Open of Surfing pres. by Swatch Round 2 (H7-12) Matchups:
Heat 7: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Teresa Bonvalot (PRT), Sophie McCulloch (AUS), Hinako Kurokawa (JPN)
Heat 8: Bronte Macaulay (AUS), Macy Callaghan (AUS), Maud Le Car (FRA), Nao Omura (JPN) 
Heat 9: Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Mahina Maeda (JPN), Claire Bevilacqua (ITA), Kirra-Belle Olsson AUS)
Heat 10: Malia Manuel (HAW), Sage Erickson (USA), India Robinson (AUS), Minami Nonaka (JPN)
Heat 11: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL), Ainara Aymat (EUK), Meah Collins (USA)
Heat 12: Lakey Peterson (USA), Holly Wawn (AUS), Alessa Quizon (HAW), Vahine Fierro (FRA)

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