Alejo Muniz and Carissa Moore Win Vans US Open Titles

posted by / News, Photos / July 28, 2013

This is what Kolohe Andino looks like to a hung over person. Photo: Taras

This is what Kolohe Andino looks like to a hung over person. Photo: Taras

Adriano de Souza, frisky in the first heat of the morning. Photo: Jimmicane

Adriano de Souza, frisky in the first heat of the morning, although he came up short against Kolohe. Photo: Jimmicane

Orange County kept a very close eye on their boy, Kolohe Andino today. Photo: Taras

Orange County kept a very close eye on their boy, Kolohe Andino. Photo: Taras

Kolohe again, setting fire to the gray. Photo: Jimmicane

Kolohe again, setting fire to the gray. Photo: Jimmicane

Michel Bourez was on a very focused path, but it didn’t take him all the way to the end. Photo: Taras

Michel Bourez was on a very focused path, but it didn’t take him all the way to the end. Photo: Taras

Bede Durbridge, not bright, but early. Photo: Taras

Bede Durbridge, not bright, but early. Photo: Taras

The recently engaged Jordy Smith must be pleased about something. Photo: Taras

The recently engaged Jordy Smith must be pleased about something. Photo: Taras

Nat Young waxed his board, but he could not wax Alejo Muniz. Photo: Sherman

Nat Young waxed his board, but was unable to wax Alejo Muniz. Photo: Sherman

The only non-WCT quarterfinalist, Matt Banting, leans heavy on that nose. Photo: Taras

The only non-WCT quarterfinalist, Australian Matt Banting, leans heavy on that nose. Photo: Taras

Gotta start somewhere. Matt Banting tries to make up for all the fist pumping he missed out on by staying in at night. Photo: Sherman

Gotta start somewhere. Matt Banting tries to make up for all the fist pumping he missed out on the town. Photo: Sherman

Carissa Moore wasn’t all that hard to find. Photo: Taras

Carissa Moore wasn’t all that hard to find. Photo: Taras

Carissa, winnin’ and grinnin’. Photo: Jimmicane

Carissa, winnin’ and grinnin’. Photo: Jimmicane

Courtney Conologue, arms like an eagle with a splash like a whale. Or at least a large dolphin. Photo: Corey Wilson

Courtney Conologue, arms like an eagle with a splash like a whale. Or at least a large dolphin. Photo: Corey Wilson

Carissa buries some banners. Photo: Jimmicane

Carissa buries some banners in the final. Photo: Jimmicane

Snips and Kolohe are either watching a fully-grown man build a sandcastle while rolling on ecstasy or looking at the waves before the final. At the US Open, you really can’t be too sure. Photo: Sherman

Snips and Kolohe are either watching a fully-grown man build a sandcastle while rolling on ecstasy, or looking at the waves before the final. At the US Open, you really can’t be too sure. Photo: Sherman

Kolohe is a big-time advocate of waxing the hooves. Photo: Sherman

Kolohe is a big-time advocate of waxing the hooves. Photo: Sherman

Courtney Conologue put on a hug-worthy performance in front of her home crowd. Photo: Taras

Courtney Conologue put on a hug-worthy performance in front of her home crowd. Photo: Taras

Flowers on her neck and finger in the sky. Carissa Moore, US Open champ. Photo: Sherman

Flowers on her neck and finger in the sky. Carissa Moore, US Open champ. Photo: Sherman

Yeah, we got it last time, you’re number one. Photo: Sherman

Carissa, now ranked No. 1 in the world. Photo: Sherman

Alejo Muniz, off to an early start in the final. Photo: Jimmicane

Alejo Muniz, off to an early start in the final. Photo: Jimmicane

Kolohe’s punt from the pier. Photo: Taras

Kolohe’s punt from the pier. Photo: Taras

And Kolohe’s punt from right here. Photo: Jimmicane

And Kolohe’s punt from right here. Anyone else think this wave was under scored? Photo: Jimmicane

Not a bad turnout. Photo: Corey Wilson

Not a bad turnout. Photo: Corey Wilson

Alejo Muniz, mountains of spray on a flat wave. Photo: Taras

Alejo Muniz, mountains of spray on a flat wave. Photo: Taras

There’s always room for one more turn. Alejo stamps one with an eye already on the end section. Photo: Corey Wilson

There’s always room for one more turn. Alejo stamps one with an eye already on the end section. Photo: Corey Wilson

Alejo Muniz, winner of the 2013 US Open of Surfing. Photo: Taras

Alejo Muniz, winner of the 2013 US Open of Surfing. Photo: Taras

With two OC surfers losing in the finals, it was so very kind of these people not to riot. (NOTE: After this caption was written, a riot apparently did break out. Apologies for jinxing it.) Photo: Corey Wilson

With two OC surfers losing in the finals, it was so very kind of these people not to riot. (NOTE: After this caption was written, a riot apparently did break out. Apologies for jinxing it.) Photo: Corey Wilson

Some folks, like the little devil in the wetsuit, left right when the Open was over. Photo: Jimmicane

Some folks, like the little devil in the wetsuit, left right when the Open was over. Photo: Jimmicane

How do you say chariot in Portuguese? Photo: Sherman

How do you say "chariot" in Portuguese? Photo: Sherman

Kolohe addresses while Alejo affirms. Photo: Sherman

Kolohe addresses while Alejo affirms. Photo: Sherman


 

US Open of SURFING

It was a lazy morning for most souls in Huntington Beach. That darned US Open has a way of creating a black hole of partying, sucking innocent people in and turning them into belligerent animals for days on end. By Sunday morning, it can be hard to recall what it’s like to wake up without a headache. But Sunday is the day for lives to crawl back on track, and it is also the day of the Finals. Waist to chest high waves welcomed the few early-risers at the pier. It was slow, gloomy and the beach was becoming exponentially more crowded. Hung over folks slowly rose from their Hilton bed tombs. And when the heats commenced at 8:00 AM, it felt like a fitting final day at the Vans US Open of Surfing.

Ever since the Roxy Pro Gold Coast in March, the Women’s WCT has been less of a tour and more of a duel. Two women with phonetically pleasing last names, Carissa Moore and Tyler Wright, have been battling back and forth in what has been a storm of horrible headlines. Tyler Is Wright at the Rio Pro! Carissa Finds Moore at Bells! In HB, both darlings made it all the way to the Semifinals. Courtney Conologue, an unofficial councilwoman for the city of Santa Ana, snuffed Tyler out in a very unhurried heat. Carissa seized the chance to get ahead by besting Pauline Ado in the semis and sending Courtney back to her council seat in the Final. And with only two events left, Carissa now leads the rankings on the Women’s WCT.

On the Men’s side, the quarterfinal draw made it seem like a world tour event. Out of the eight surfers, seven were current WT competitors. As an event on the Prime series, the US Open was pillaged by ‘CT guys there to fulfill obligations to their sponsors and to compete in the HB amphitheater . They acted as bullies, using their immaculate strategies to defeat point-hungry dudes like Mitch Coleborn who are still trying to toss their fins in the hat on the big league. The final day had been slow for the aggressors, but Kolohe Andino and Alejo Muniz are awfully patient and awfully tactical young gentlemen. Alejo got off to an early start in the Final, getting his two scores on his first two waves. He glanced back once, but all he saw was a trembling mass of flesh and body paint, and so he promised himself to never look back again. Kolohe had a run at it, but he’d never find a way to get the 8.46 that he needed. The final horn sounded, giving those recovering from days spent in the black hole one last burst of hell, and the Open was officially closed until 2014. —Brendan Buckley

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4 Responses to “Alejo Muniz and Carissa Moore Win Vans US Open Titles”

  1. Matt OBrien says:

    totally think that kolohe’s 7.77 was underscored. AND that Alejo’s were overscored. Not sure if it would have changed result, but it must have an effect on Kolohe’s mindset IF he busts That big of an AirReo & doesn’t even get an 8 at least! Congrats to Alejo though. Judges screwed up, not Alejo.
    Stoked for Carissa’s win. World title #2 is looking good. Overall US Open was a great event!

  2. sick says:

    looked to me like kolohe’s air wasn’t 100 percent completely ridden out of. maybe 95-98 percent but those hand pushes and not spinning it around cleanly, quickly, and smoothly is what made that air a high 7 instead of the high 8 that it shoulda been.

  3. michael says:

    Kolohe was underscored on the air rev wave.

  4. Leosurf1 says:

    Not the first time the final or this contest (riots) have been marred by controversy. Judges, were just being their usual selves. Kandino was the performance of the day. He probably doesn’t need the money nearly as bad as the other surfer.

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