Sorry if we’re a little late to the punch. It’s been a long week.
A week that, depending on how your scoring system works, was won either by Seabass, Jack Freestone, Sean Benik, or Filipe and Tatiana. The WSL stands by the latter two.
It is true, above all else, that the US Open is a surfing competition. And while the waves whimpered their way to shore, the surfers did their best to amaze. At times they succeeded.
For instance, Filipe Toledo did the best two turns of the event in his final against Ethan Ewing. Full-rail, pedal to metal laybacks – something you’re more likely to find in a Dane Reynolds edit than a Huntington QS event. He was underscored on both of the turns but the crowd sure did appreciate them.
Tatiana put on a solid performance as well – taking down local fav Courtney Conlogue in one of the best heats of the event and eventually Malia Manuel in the Final. Tati now sits at number four in the world, less than 10,000 points from the yellow jersey. Could the Mother of Dragons win a title?
Another interesting anecdote is that 17-year-old Ethan Ewing now sits at number two on the QS, meaning he is in a prime spot to become a 2017 CT rookie. The kid more or less came out of nowhere, securing a 5th in Ballito off a sponsor wildcard and a 2nd at the US Open by defeating current world champ Adriano de Souza. Watch out for him.
The 2016 Vans US Open did not disappoint. Whether you stepped foot on the beach or not, you probably had a fantastic time. And isn’t that what it’s all about?