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Simpson wins heat in surfing

July 26, 2008|Dan Arritt | Times Staff Writer

Brett Simpson of Huntington Beach put his local knowledge to use in winning his heat Friday in the round of 48 at the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach.

Simpson, 23, produced the third-best wave score of the event, a 9.87 out of a possible 10, and later tacked on a 9.00, giving him the third-best heat score of the event (18.87).

Other heat winners in the round of 48 included Nathan Yeomans of San Clemente, Chris Waring of Seal Beach, Nick Rosza of Oxnard and Tim Reyes of Huntington Beach.

The men's round of 24 is scheduled to begin today at 10 a.m.

Samantha Cornish and Stephanie Gilmore of Australia, Sofia Mulanovich of Peru, and Melanie Bartels of Waianae, Hawaii, prevailed in their heats in the women's round of 12.

The women's quarterfinals today are scheduled for 7:30 a.m., followed by the semifinals at 9:10 a.m. and the final at 2:10 p.m.

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dan.arritt@latimes.com

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