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Longboarders take center stage, local surfers eliminated – Orange County Register

Noseriding and smooth, traditional surfing styles took over the Vans US Open of Surfing as the world’s best longboard surfers continued the action at Friday’s mega contest in Huntington Beach.

Waves had receded since the previous day when several surfers suffered broken boards due to the beefy shorebreak, but there were still plenty of waves for surfers to chase during the Vans Duct Tape Invitational.

The Duct Tape Invitational Contest brought together 40 of the world’s top male and female longboarders – a classic surfing style decades ago that has been revived in recent years – to compete in the World Surf League event.

The US Open of Surfing venue is the second stop on the World Longboard Tour, which concludes in Malibu in early October to crown a champion.

The men’s quarterfinals began with San Diego’s Taylor Jensen earning a 13.00 to secure a semifinal spot. San Juan Capistrano’s Kevin Skvarna was knocked out during a heat against Kaimana Takayama.

Tosh Tudor, son of longboarder great Joel Tudor, took on Florida’s standout Justin Quintal, who picked up some of the highest scores of the day by putting his toes on his nose and “shooting the pier” by slicing through the water between concrete pilings navigated . Quintal’s 9.0 and 7.50, 16.50 total, earned him a spot in the semifinals where he will face Takayama.

He and Tudor joked before the heat started, he said.

“I would have been just as thrilled and proud to see him win that race,” said Quintal. “I was also really nervous because I’m trying to be a mentor to him and we have a good friendly rivalry so the Heat meant a lot to both of us.”

His goal for the rest of the event is to “just try to have fun and get the crowd cheering — put on a show.”

The women longboarders have yet to complete Round 4 with Dana Point’s Rachael Tilly still in contention.

Local surfers eliminated from Challenger Series

The big waves from Hurricane Frank proved a challenge for the local surfers in the Challenger Series event, all of whom were eliminated throughout the week.

In round 48, which ended August 2, San Clemente surfers Kei Kobayashi, Crosby Colapinto and World Tour surfer Kolohe Andino were all knocked out in the first round.

Two-time US Open of Surfing champion Kanoa Igarashi, who won a silver medal in the sport’s Olympic debut last year and is always a favorite at the event, was also eliminated from the event.

Long Beach’s Nolan Rapoza, who made it to the semifinals last year, was eliminated in round 24.

Orange County’s last hope for a men’s win was Cole Houshmand, but the San Clemente surfer lost in round 16 to Lucca Mesinas of Peru.

A strong result at the US Open, which recently halted in the World Surf League’s seven-event Challenger Series, could also mean big points for those looking for a chance to join the ranks of the world’s best. It also gives surfers at risk of falling off the World Tour an opportunity to earn valuable points to stay in the hunt.

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/08/05/us-open-of-surfing-longboarders-take-center-stage-local-surfers-eliminated/ Longboarders take center stage, local surfers eliminated – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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