Vans Pro and Pro Jr. Final Day Highlights
Posted 08/29/2011 by
Progressive madman Kolohe Andino has double-finaled in both the Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior Divisions! Holy Crap! Well, the strange thing is, this comes as no surprise because the innovative wizard cleaned house in March at the Vans Pier Classic, taking both divisions in Huntington Beach!
Will Andino take out both divisions here in Virginia Beach!? Log on to watch the LIVE HD WEBCAST!
Hey! Kolohe Andino won the Vans Pro and he made the final in the Vans Pro Junior! Are you surprised? Well... you shouldn't be, because he won both the Vans Pier Classic and Vans Pro Junior in Huntington Beach back in March! The high-flying Californian went absolutely berserk in the building swell compliments of Hurricane Irene, launching air-reverses, laying down mean larry-lay backs, buring his rail... pretty much Kolohe Andino did everything and took out the massive Vans Pro victory. Andino won the final over good friend Luke Davis, Leigh Sedley and former World Tour surfer Nathaniel Curran
Nat Young was equally mental in the Vans Pro Junior and belted the holy-hell out of an amazing righthander reminiscent of his homebreak in Santa Cruz. Young smashed the perfect wave who knows how many times, even he must have lost count of how many turns he did, and was awarded with a 9.87 from the judges, the highest score of the entire competition! Young was surfing in his final event as a Junior and it's more than safe to say that the toe-head went out in style. The deadly goofy-footer topped Hawaiians Tanner Hendrickson and Keanu Asing, as well as Senor Andino to take out the Vans Pro...
While it's been amazing to see all of the up-and-coming surfers go absolutely nuts at 1st Street this week, it was equally awesome when California style icon Tom Curren won the Clash of the Legends heat today. It's like going back in time! Curren came out rockin his throw-back jersey, but one thing's for sure, his surfing is timeless and his style was complimented perfectly by the sloping walls at Virginia Beach. Each one of his competitors was equally impressive. The former three-time World Champ surfed an amazing battle while Hurricane Irene delivered the goods and beat radical human, surf coach and still-ripping surfer Brad Gerlach, former World Champ and Vans Triple Crown legend Sunny Garcia and East Coast game-changer Todd Holland in what was easily the most classic heat of the event!
The four icons battled it out for 30-minutes before the finals unfolded and it was sick to see they can still bring the thunder!
The final day of the 2011 Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior is LIVE this morning in two-to-four foot waves compliments of Hurricane Irene. The Vans Pro was supposed to carry on over the weekend, but this monstrosity of a hurricane is barreling her way up to Virginia Beach and if the Vans Pro is to finish, it's going to have to happen today... before the police kick us off the beach... Anywho, while there may be a shortened time schedule, that doesn't mean that there will be any shortage of ripping going down at 1st Street Jetty today, as only the event's top performers remain. Tune in to the VANS PRO and VANS PRO JUNIOR for LIVE HD WEBCAST!
Vans team-rider and California style bandit Andrew 'Droid' Doheny has moved to the Quarterfinals of the Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro Junior. Droid ripped in the high-tide conditions at 1st Street Jetty in VB and took out his Round 4 heat win over International surfers Carlos Munoz and Michael February, who has been deadly all week, as well as Victor Done. Aside from moving into the Quarters, Doho's heat win pushes him one step closer to finalizing his spot alongside the world's best under-21 surfers at the 2011 ASP World Junior Championships. While Doheny's still within the cut to qualify, there are a few guys on his tail, so the advancement into the Quarters helps his cause.
Watch him compete tomorrow while Hurricane Irene fires more swell towards Virginia Beach!
If you're totally exhausted from frothing over all of the surf action at the Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior, give yourself a rest! You owe it to yourself to go sightseeing around Virginia Beach (should you be in town), and boy, is it a beautiful sight. Go mingle with all of the rabid surf fans, check for free swag at the tents, hell, steal someone's girlfriend, who cares, just make sure to take in all of the sights and sounds that the 2011 Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior have to offer... because this isn't just a surf contest, it's an action sports festival, and there is plenty of awesomeness to be had outside of the water too!
While we're amidst a behemoth day here at the Vans Pro, running approximately 100 heats today due to Hurricane Irene, it's easy to get lost as to what's going on.... Well, local boy Michael Dunphy went bananas in his Round of 64 heat, unleashing his jeddi-like local knowledge to slap the day's highest heat total... thus far... on the competition. Dunphy locked into a couple of righthanders and belted the crap out of them, taking a 14.50 heat total to move straight into the Round of 32 and admitted his goal of making it to the podium in front of his hometown crowd.
In addition to the domination of the native East Coasters, who are reveling in the tricky beachbreak waves at 1st Street Jetty in VB, South African darkhorse Michael February, who has won about who knows how many heats by now, finished behind Dunphy in the Round of 32. Despite his second place finish in the heat, February racked up the day's highest single-wave score of Vans Pro competition of a near-perfect 9.00 out of 10. If February continues to build momentum as fast as Hurricane Irene approaches, several local favorites could be in a world of trouble.
Speaking of Hurricane Irene, the big girl is barreling her way up the coast as we speak and...
With Hurricane Irene expected to make landfall on Saturday as a category 3 storm, event organizers are looking to prepare for an early finish to this year's Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior, which means today will be a marathon day of surfing! The good news is, Miss Irene has delivered improved three-foot waves at 1st Street Jetty. Today's action is set to see the heavy hitters take to the water, with all of the event's top seeds scheduled to surf today! Big names to watch out for include Vans boys Andrew Doheny and Dylan Graves, as well as former World Tour surfers Roy Powers, Nathan Yeomans and Nathaniel Curran.
In addition to the men's main Vans Pro, surfers that need to secure their spot on the 2011 ASP World Junior Tour will also be battling today. Progressive freak Kolohe Andino will definitely be looking to secure his first Pro Junior crown while Conner Coffin, Luke Davis and Droid will definitely look for a strong finish, as the Vans Pro Junior marks the final stop on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series.
To add to the spiciness of World Junior Qualification, San Diegan Jake Halstead, Tayler Brothers, Florida boy Evan Thompson and Los Angeles standout Dane Zaun are within striking distance to overtake one of the Top 4 slots on the rankings to qualify for...
After wrapping up Vans Pro Junior competition, the men's ASP 4-Star Vans Pro event launched into action and completed Round 1 before diving into the first half of Round 2. Floridian Evan Thompson capitalized on his familiarity of tricky beachbreak conditions and bagged the day's top scores, including the highest heat total of 14.34. Also starting his Vans Pro campaign strong was former ASP World Tour surfer Ben Bourgeois and the North Carolina stylemaster's ability to tear apart all conditions will make him a serious threat for this year's Vans Pro title. On the international front, South African Michael February, who dominated his ASP Pro Junior heats yesterday, was equally impressive in the men's main event today, taking two heat wins.
While the Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior has seen relatively small surf throughout the opening two days of competition, Hurricane Irene is steadily making its way up the coast and is sure to deliver a healthy dose of swell for the remaining rounds of competition. While the storm is likely to deliver good surf, the expected trajectory of Hurricane Irene is estimated to make landfall in Virginia Beach by Saturday, and event officials are adjusting the schedule for a possible finish on Friday.
Newport Beach surfer Taylor Thorne lead Round 3 of Coastal Edge presents Vans Pro Junior action today when he belted the day's top scores with an 8-point single-wave score and a solid 14.83 heat total. Thorne hunted down the best wave of his heat and laid down seamless rail-to-rail power surfing to earn the top scores and a spot into Round 4. The dedicated ASP North America Pro Junior Series competitor is hungry to end his season with a bang, as the Vans Pro Junior represents the final stop on the regional series for 2011.
San Clemente, California surfer Shaw Kobayashi got the best of a tough heat, taking a victory over New Yorker Balaram Stack, who advanced in second, and dispatched of fellow Orange County surfer Colin Moran as well as Peruvian standout Cristobal De Col. De Col's elimination came as a surprise, as the Lima native detonated a nearly flawless performance in his opening heat yesterday. Kobayashi is also on the hunt for the heap of points on offer at the ASP 4-Star rated Pro Junior contest so he can compete at his home break of Lower Trestles next season.
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The 2011 Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior are set to kick into high gear today! Hurrican Irene is supposed to send an increase in swell along the East Coast throughout the day and wednesday's action is expected to wrap up the Rounds of 64 and 48 of Vans Pro Junior competition and will see Californians Dane Zaun, Parker Coffin, New Yorker Balaram Stack, and Hawaiians Tanner Kendrickson and Koa Smith will also take to the water as they hunt for the valuable points towards qualification for the 2011 ASP World Junior Tour.
In addition to the Under-21 action, the men's main event, the ASP 4-Star rated Vans Pro should see the completion of Round 1 (the Round of 112) run alongside Pro Junior competition. Outer Banks Icon and former ASP World Tour campaigner Ben Bourgeois and progressive Floridian Cody Thompson are just a few of the big names to hit the early rounds of Vans Pro competition.
The opening day of the Coastal Edge presents the Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior is LIVE this morning in contestable one foot waves at 1st Street Jetty in Virginia Beach and today's action will the Vans Pro Junior competitors battle through Round 1. The 2011 Vans Pro Junior, which runs in conjunction with the Coastal Edge ECSC, represents the final stop on the 2011 ASP North America Pro Junior Series and will see Vans team rider Andrew 'Droid' Doheny attempt to secure his position on the elite ASP World Junior Tour for the year.
Watch the event LIVE at www.vans.com/vanspro
The opening day of the 2011 Vans Pro Junior wrapped up Round 1 before diving into Round 2 and today's standout performances by the International field is a prime example of the high-level of competition expected to shine at this year's Vans Pro Junior. Peruvian Cristobal De Col was surgical with his wave selection, picking off two wedgy righthanders to detonate the day's highest scores, a 9.33 and an 8.33, with vicious backhand surfing. De Col is also surfing in the men's main event, the ASP 4-Star Vans Pro, and will definitely look to carry the confidence from his strong start through to the latter rounds of both divisions.
Also flaring today was South African darkhorse Michael February. The Cape Town local looked lively on both his forehand and backhand while belting several of the day's top scores amidst his first trip to Virginia Beach.
While International campaigners stood out on opening day of competition, ASP North America Pro Junior top seeds including Vans teamrider Andrew Doheny, defending ASP North America Pro Junior Series Champion Evan Geiselman and current series leader Kolohe Andino will take to the water in the Round of 32 alongside several of the game's top up-and-coming talent.
In addition to the Vans Pro Junior the men's...
The opening day of the waiting period for the Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior has been called off with only inconsistent one-foot waves at 1st Street Jetty in Virginia Beach. The event holds a seven-day waiting period, allowing contest organizers to utilize the best conditions for the event and with today's surf expected to be the smallest day of the week, the 2011 Vans Pro should offer contestable conditions for some of the world's best surfers over the remainder of the waiting period! Log on to the HD webcast at www.vans.com/vanspro and follow Vans team-riders Andrew 'Droid' Doheny, and Puerto Rican talent Dylan Graves as they battle the international standouts in this year's event for the Vans Pro Title!
In addition to the massive surf contest scheduled to unfold, the Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior events are part of a full-on action sports festival, including skateboarding, BMX and music, all which are set to unfold in Virginia Beach this week!
After a several-year hiatus from the ASP North America schedule, the Vans presents the Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships brought to you by Rockstar and Skullcandy, has returned as an ASP 4-Star for 2011 and will be held in conjunction with the Coastal Edge ECSC Vans Pro Junior in Virginia Beach from August 22th through 28th. These contests not only offer crucial points towards America’s top up-and-comer’s ASP World Ranking, but also represents the final stop on the 2011 ASP North America Pro Junior series, marking the last chance for under-21 competitors to qualify for the ASP World Junior Tour. Catch the live webcast right here!