The Nike U.S. Open of Surfing came to an exhilarating conclusion on Sunday, August 5, 2012 in Huntington Beach, California. Here's a quick rundown on some of the results:
If you ask me, the women's semifinals delivered edge of your seat action from start to finish. Hawaiian Malia Manuel and American Lakey Peterson matched quivers in Heat 1. In the end, it was Lakey Peterson that would emerge victorious. She won the surf heat with 18.77 points. Manuel didn't finish without kudos though. Her efforts netted her the ASP Rookie of the Year Award.
In Heat 2, Hawaiian Carissa Moore dealt what must have been a devastating blow to Aussie Sally Fitzgibbons. Fitzgibbons was undoubtedly hoping to win the event again this year. Moore, however, saw fit to make sure that Fitzgibbons wouldn't even make it out of the semifinals. Moore stomped down hard and won the surf heat with 16.63 points. Fitzgibbons completed the surf heat with 16.07 points. It had to have been heartbreaking for Fitzgibbons knowing that she came so close to her goal.
The final matchup was between Carissa Moore and Lakey Peterson. With little swell on offer, both ladies had a rough time of it. Ultimately, it was surfer Lakey Peterson that was able to connect enough runs together to win the event. Peterson finished with surf heat with 10.90 points. Moore completed the surf heat with 8.64 points.
When it came to the men's quarterfinals, the surfer of the moment was Gabriel Medina. He delivered a superhuman like 10 point ride during his Heat 3 matchup against Adriano De Souza. It contained a full-rotation air that was worthy of a magazine cover. I couldn't believe how effortless he made perfection seem.
Medina went on to surf against Aussie Julian Wilson in Heat 2 of the semifinals. It was Wilson that eventually proved to be Medina's kryptonite. He took down the bold Brazilian with the execution of an ultra fine 8.37 point ride towards the end of the surf heat. Wilson won the surf heat with 14.70 points. Medina completed the surf heat with 14.37 points.
Brazilian Miguel Pupo also proved to be a pillar of panache and proficiency on Sunday. He made it all the way through to the finals where he matched skills against Julian Wilson. Wilson set the tone for the final matchup early on. He opened up the surf heat with an eye-catching 9.13 point ride. Then he backed it up with a 7.50 point ride and an 8.40 point ride. Pupo's best waves were an 8.93 point ride and a 5.83 point ride. Julian Wilson won the final surf heat with 17.53 points. Pupo completed the surf heat with 14.76 points.
Surf fans won't have to wait long for the next round of surfing competitions to start. Several surf events are on tap for the week of Monday, August 6, 2012. They include the Relentless Energy Drink Boardmasters, the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro and the Airwalk Lacanau Pro Junior. Additional details on each of the upcoming competitions are available online.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys watching water sports with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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