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Kanoa Igarashi Confirmed For 2019 Edition
Torrey Meister Returns To Huntington Beach
Upcoming Talent Kade Matson Looks For Big Opportunity More Available At WorldSurfLeague.com
|HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Friday, March 15, 2019)
– The World Surf League (WSL) men’s Qualifying Series (QS) charges into
action at the esteemed southside beachbreak of Huntington Beach Pier
for a third Jack Surfboards Pro QS 1,500 edition March 22 – 24 that will
include a live webcast all three days. This year returns with another
hefty field of competitors vying for points early on to help their
campaigns and dreams of joining the elite QS ranks at the mid-year cut
off. A new event winner also awaits crowning with both defending event
winner Kevin Schulz (San Clemente, Calif.) and 2017 victor Hizunome Bettero (BRA) not in the draw, but one of Huntington Beach’s most winning competitors is looking for a fourth Surf City title — Kanoa Igarashi (JPN).|
The three-year Championship Tour (CT) veteran now prepares for his fourth season among the world’s best and chooses to start his competitive year at home. Igarashi already has two, back-to-back, US Open titles and a Shoe City Pro win to his name. The 21-year-old’s competitive nature makes any event he enters his ultimate goal of securing a place atop the podium and coming into the Jack’s Pro is no different.
One of the top-seeded competitors Torrey Meister (HAW) continues to hunt for his first Huntington Beach QS win. The 30-year-old hails from the Big Island of Hawaii and has proven himself in waves of consequence, as well as showcasing his innovation in beachbreak conditions which keeps him in the Top 100 four of the last five years. Now, Meister makes his return after competing in the inaugural event of 2017 and missing out last season.
“The Jacks Pro is definitely an event I look forward too when I’m in town,” Meister said. “It’s a good time of year for Huntington Beach as far as waves go and the event usually has really fun surf. Also, it’s great training for the US Open and it’s important to spend a lot of time in the jersey out there, it can be a tricky wave to compete at. A few years ago this event had some of the best surf I’ve ever had at southside so I’m hoping this year will be the same. I enjoy competing at Huntington. The surf community always seems to come down to support surfing and that’s always cool to see.”
San Clemente, California, returns a number of talents to the 2019 season and 16-year-old Kade Matson is looking to make another surge. Matson finished at No. 109 on the international rankings last year with two more seasons in the Pro Juniors before having to move into the QS full-time, gaining more experience each year.
“It definitely feels like an advantage being so close to home for an event because I get to sleep in my own bed and have the opportunity to surf Huntington a lot more than probably most the people in the contest,” Matson said. “To have these events like this gives the kids like me to get points up to be able to get into the bigger events so it’s super cool to have that opportunity to be able to build points. It’s good that I’m able to take all of the experience as a junior and put it all into my future QS campaign.”
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The Jack’s Surfboards Pro 1,500 will run March 22 – 24.
|About the WSL The World Surf League (WSL) is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The organization, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe. The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, annually running more than 180 global events across the Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed Men’s and Women’s World Champions across all tours. Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright, John Florence, Lakey Peterson, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Steven Sawyer, Soleil Errico, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most dynamic field of play of any global sport. For more information, please visit worldsurfleague.com.|