The World Surf League (WSL) Shoe City Pro Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 opened in brilliant Huntington Beach conditions, and surfers ignited the lineup throughout the first day of competition. Three-to-five foot, consistent swell seemed relentless despite the vast tide change. The later afternoon hours proved to be tricky as less open face was on offer, but that did not deter surfers from unleashing excellent performances.
Longtime QS threat Peterson Crisanto (BRA) left nothing in the water in his opening Round 1 performance. Crisanto opened with a brilliant 9.27 (out of a possible 10) and 7.40 to earn the days highest heat total — a 16.67. Winner of the Reef Pro El Salvador QS6,000 event in 2013, then an ASP 6-Star, Crisanto is back from a two-year hiatus and ready for a new year.
“I’m so stoked to be back and start with a 9.27 — I’m ready and hope to make a nice result here in California,” Crisanto said. “I knew the waves would come after I watched previous heats so I had to wait and that’s what I did. I know what I can do, but after two years away I had to start off on the right foot and elevate my confidence. I’m looking forward to a good result here and a great 2017 ahead.”
Just a fraction behind the highest heat total of the day, Cory Arrambide (USA) took to his backside and found a pair of excellent scores to tally a 16.63. The Ventura-native comes into this year with a new perspective after spending the winter months at home before gearing up toward the 2017 season.
“It felt really good to get the backhand going even though I was a littler nervous picking up a new board late last night, but it worked out great,” Arrambide sad. “I saw [Ian] Crane in the heat before find a few fun lefts, but also noticed the rights coming in and that’s where I went. It’s been a nice break, I didn’t go to Hawaii for the first time in five years and felt the nerves this morning. But, right after my first surf the nerves were out and I was just stoked. I’ve just changed my whole head space and talked with Channel Islands on boards, and really taking on this year with a fresh start.”
Straight from a World Junior Championship appearance in Kiama, NSW, Australia, Jake Marshall (USA) opened up his first heat as a full-time QS competitor in terrific fashion. Marshall showcased his vicious backhand that earned him an excellent 8.33 and near-excellent 7.60 to finish off his Round 1 performance. This will be a defining year for the young San Clemente surfer as he prepares for a big season ahead.
“I can’t believe the waves we’ve gotten for this one, it’s super fun which is always great for a competition to start off,” Marshall said. “I was just in Australia and thought about taking a break until the QS6,000’s back there, but got back early and this event’s right down the road so I wanted to get going. The waves for Worlds weren’t the best but I can’t blame it on the waves, I have to learn to surf better in smaller stuff. But, when we have waves like this I always feel super good so I’m stoked to get further into this event.”
Hometown-hero Kanoa Igarashi (USA) got a jumpstart on his season with a brilliant end of the day performance to round out the competition. Igarashi posted an excellent 8.83 to seal a win over Braden Jones’ (USA) near-upset and earn a spot into Round 3. The Championship Tour (CT) competitor isn’t feeling any pressure, which could make for a serious threat to win this event for a second time.
“This is good Huntington and it’s no surprise being that it’s winter time and that’s when it gets good,” Igarashi said. “This is how I know Huntington rather than most people’s one-foot, mushy outlook on it. It’s a better wave than most QS’s so it’s great to be surfing and be at home. I wanted to find the clean ones out there and let loose in this event. I didn’t feel like I held back or anything and surfed how I wanted to, and hopefully my head stays in it and go all the way in this contest.”
But, just prior to Igarashi’s showcase, Matthew Pagan (USA) came out firing on all cylinders with a Round 1 victory and backed that up with a near-perfect 9.00 in Round 2. Pagan is a name the competitive surfing world did not see at all in 2016, but is back in a jersey once more. The South Bay-native looks forward to regaining some of the fire toward competing and doing so in great form.
“It’s super fun out there and this probably the best I’ve seen Huntington in a long time so this timing is a blessing,” Pagan said. “There’s kind of two different spots so I sat in the same spot as my first heat and it was just a really good wave. I’m feeling super comfortable after the year off to focus on myself, financially, and I’ve got a good sponsor now that’s been doing some video work. At the end of the day we’re just surfing, I’ve been able to put the pressure I felt as a kid off and just enjoy it.”
Also moving on, Kilian Garland (USA), Ian Crane (USA), Parker Coffin (USA), Matt Passaquindici (USA), and Taylor Clark (USA) have secured their spot into Round 3 with victories.
A 7:30 a.m. PST Call will determine an 8:00 a.m. start for the men’s Round 2, Heat 9, with the women’s event on standby following the men’s Round 3.
Upcoming Shoe City Pro Men’s QS1,000 Round Match Ups:
Heat 9: Brett Simpson (USA), Chris Waring (USA), Micky Clarke (USA), Keoni Picollo (HAW)
Heat 10: Jordy Collins (USA), Gabriel Farias (BRA), Peterson Crisanto (BRA), Cobie Gittner (USA)
Heat 11: Takumi Nakamura (JPN), Noah Beschen (HAW), Keitaro Fujinuma (JPN), Jeremy Ryan (USA)
Heat 12: Lucca Mesinas (PER), Hank Gaskell (HAW), John Mel (USA), Kade Matson (USA)
Heat 13: Luke Gordon (USA), Kairi Noro (JPN), Dylan Hord (USA), Micah Crozier (USA)
Heat 14: Joaquin Del Castillo (PER), Jake Kelley (USA), Jake Marshall (USA), Rob Kelly (USA)
Heat 15: Kevin Schulz (USA), Colt Ward (USA), Victor Done (USA), Andrew Jacobson (USA)
Heat 16: Griffin Colapinto (USA), Jhony Corzo (MEX), Elijah Fox (HAW), Jacob Szekely (USA)
Shoe City Pro Men’s QS1,000 Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Ian Crane (USA) 14.60, Knox Harris (USA) 12.63, Taro Watanabe (USA) 12.30, Tad McCardell (USA) 8.03
Heat 2: Matt Passaquindici (USA) 13.17, Cam Richards (USA) 11.17, Sam Coffey (USA) 10.50, Edrick Baldwin (HAW) 7.20
Heat 3: Cory Arrambide (USA) 16.63, Barron Mamiya (HAW) 13.27, Sheldon Paishon (HAW) 12.96, Cole Houshmand (USA) 11.93
Heat 4: Parker Coffin (USA) 11.43, Tomas King (CRI) 10.80, Ryland Rubens (USA) 9.70, Keanu Igarashi (USA) 4.17
Heat 5: Kilian Garland (USA) 15.33, Matthew Pagan (USA) 13.17, Ben Coffey (USA) 7.70, Branden Defilippo (USA) 5.44
Heat 6: Taylor Clark (USA) 10.53, Luke Marks (USA) 9.60, Shaun Burns (USA) 9.40, Parker Cohn (USA) 7.57
Heat 7: Shuji Nishi (JPN) 12.50, Eliott Napias (HAW) 10.10, Skip McCullough (USA) 9.90, David Economos (USA) 7.33
Heat 8: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 15.33, Braden Jones (USA) 11.94, Tyler Gunter (USA) 7.34, Tyler Muth (USA) 5.57
Shoe City Pro Men’s QS1,000 Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Taro Watanabe (USA) 11.17, Edrick Baldwin (USA) 10.60, Mitchell Salazar (MEX) 6.80, Sean Woods (USA) 6.70
Heat 2: Sam Coffey (USA) 10.63, Tad McCardell (USA) 9.50, Jackson Butler (USA) 7.20, James Hogan (USA) 5.80
Heat 3: Barron Mamiya (HAW) 11.44, Keanu Igarashi (USA) 9.90, Eddie Lester (USA) 8.83, Remy Juboori (USA) 8.10
Heat 4: Ryland Rubens (USA) 16.00, Sheldon Paishon (HAW) 12.07, Willie Safreed (USA) 8.20, Derek Kegley (USA) 2.17
Heat 5: Matthew Pagan (USA) 13.50, Parker Cohn (USA) 10.84, Brogie Panesi (USA) 9.16, Preston Dexter (USA) 7.54
Heat 6: Luke Marks (USA) 12.17, Branden Defilippo (USA) 7.30, Kainaru Kato (HAW) 7.13, Paul Pugliesi (USA) 4.20
Heat 7: Eliott Napias (HAW) 12.83, Braden Jones (USA) 12.34, London Almida (USA) 7.00, Anthony Osment (USA) 5.87
Heat 8: Tyler Gunter (USA) 11.90, David Economos (USA) 11.50, Micha Cantor (USA) 10.70, Christopher Kervin (USA) 10.16
Heat 9: Micky Clarke (USA) 14.00, Cobie Gittner (USA) 11.47, Dakota Faircloth (USA) 7.23, Joao Vitor (USA) 4.20
Heat 10: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 16.67, Keoni Picollo (HAW) 10.66, Andre Labanca (BRA) 3.83, Frank Chenault (USA) 1.80
Heat 11: Keitaro Fujinama (JPN) 11.37, Kade Matson (USA) 10.94, Griffin Foy (USA) 9.00, Austin Neumann (USA) 8.23
Heat 12: John Mel (USA) 12.87, Jeremy Ryan (USA) 12.17, Giorgio Gomez (USA) 9.67
Heat 13: Dylan Hord (USA) 11.67, Rob Kelly (USA) 10.46, Jack Boyes (USA) 9.36, Parker Swoish (USA) 8.44
Heat 14: Jake Marshall (USA) 15.93, Micah Crozier (USA) 8.77, Logan Landry (CAN) 6.00, Tyler Thornsley (USA) 5.84
Heat 15: Victor Done (USA) 14.17, Jacob Szekely (USA) 11.67, Andrew Niemann (USA) 9.96, Riley Morgan (USA) 6.57
Heat 16: Elijah Fox (HAW) 13.57, Andrew Jacobson (USA) 9.03, Kala Willard (HAW) 8.74, Nick Marshall (USA) 7.50