July 27, 2008 |
The youth movement in women's surfing took center stage Saturday afternoon alongside the Huntington Beach pier. Malia Manuel and Coco Ho, two up-and-coming teenagers from Hawaii, were the final two competitors remaining at the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing, creating the youngest women's final in event history. Manuel, who will turn 15 next month, claimed an early edge in the 30-minute final and made it stand up, winning with a best-two-wave score of 14.34 points. Ho, 17, struggled to find a groove in the deteriorating conditions and finished with a score of 7.90.
July 26, 2008 |
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).
July 24, 2008 |
Sunny Garcia will tuck his surfboard under his arm, stroll to the water's edge and slash through the Huntington Beach saltwater like a Ginsu knife cutting through fresh bread. On the surface, the 38-year-old Hawaiian will probably appear as intense as ever when he paddles out for his opening-round heat today at the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing, but beneath Garcia's broad shoulders, he'll be breathing considerably easier. Garcia, the 2000 world champion, has bounced back from a three-month stint in federal prison and six months of house arrest after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges to string together another determined run at requalifying for the exclusive World Championship Tour.
July 30, 2007 |
Everything was in position for a thrilling men's final Sunday afternoon at the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing. The waves were just slow to arrive. In the end, former world champion C.J. Hobgood of Florida performed well enough in the small, inconsistent surf alongside the Huntington Beach Pier, providing the cushion in a 12.60-11.17 victory over teenage phenom Jeremy Flores of France. "I have been thinking and dreaming for many years of winning this event," Hobgood said.
July 29, 2007 |
Courtney Conlogue makes it clear that education is just as important as her burgeoning surfing career. In a women's semifinal Saturday at the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, the 14-year-old from Santa Ana learned a lesson in wave priority from the event's eventual champion, Stephanie Gilmore of Australia. Conlogue was leading Gilmore with about three minutes remaining when Conlogue took off on a wave that failed to add to her lead.
July 26, 2007 |
The name resonates through the Hawaiian Islands like the vibration from a volcanic blast. It awakens memories of brothers Michael and Derek Ho, who set the bar on the famed North Shore and left the rest of the surfing world playing limbo. Mason Ho was born into that Hawaiian royalty nearly 19 years ago. And this week at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, he hopes to add to the family legacy.