As Carissa Moore looks to defend her U.S. Open of Surfing title in Huntington Beach, she finds herself in the grips of a neck-and-neck race with Sally Fitzgibbons.
It was a long week in Huntington Beach, but when the spray finally settled it was Brazil's Alejo Muniz who beat California kid Kolohe Andino to win the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing.
Going into the final day of the Vans U.S. Open seven out of the eight surfers left in the draw are on the world tour. Smith, Andino and Young all front the podium-hungry pack.
Few locations around the world have troubled Kelly Slater over the years, but Huntington Beach is one of them. In losing to Michel Bourez, the beachbreak stumps him again.
Nobody was eliminated in the three-man Round of 24 at the U.S. Open, but there were some winners, among them a very satisfied Kolohe Andino -- who's looking quite dangerous.
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