Thomas King claims victory in the Huntington Beach Pro Trials on Day 1 of US stop on the Stand Up World Tour
South Africa increasingly seems to be making its presence felt in the international surfing scene from big wave surfing to regular world tour surfing, but now here on the Stand up World Tour, as the South African contingent put on a show today in the Trials component of the Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam.
Posting some of the highest scores of the day as well as the highest heat score totals, Thomas put on a polished performance today taking a convincing win and earning his spot in the prestigious Main event of this fourth stop of the 2014 Stand up World Tour.
We look forward to see how he fares as he matches up against the very best in the World tomorrow, once the Men take to the water around 9am PST. Make sure to join us LIVE at www.watermanleague.com
Another South African put on a stellar performance today, despite having to nurse an injured knee, making it all the way to the finals, only to finish second to fellow patriot Thomas King.
Justin will be taking the opportunity to rest up this evening in advance of the Main event tomorrow, with the Men’s to kick off at 9am (Women’s at 7am).
So make sure to join us LIVE from 6:50am PST at www.watermanleague.com to watch it all unfold.
Nitzan Benhaim adds to truly international final putting on an impressive display
Nitzan Benhaim (Focus SUP) from Israel put on a solid performance today in the Trials component of the 2014 Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam, making his presence felt and posting a worthy 3rd place finish in the finals.
Nitzan will be on the other side of the draw from team rider Mo Freitas (Focus SUP), but will be hoping for a strong finish against the best of the best here in Surf City USA.
Join us LIVE for the start of the Main event from 6:50am PST here at www.watermanleague.com
Masa Motohashi once again shines at the Huntington Beach Pro, surfing like a warrior
Masa Motohashi from Japan was on phenomenal form today at Huntington Beach, unfortunate not to find the waves he was looking for in the final, but making his presence felt as someone to watch out for over the coming days and indeed, coming events om Tour.
Quiet and unassuming on the land, Masa’s level of commitment in his turns consistently impressed the judges as he linked together turns to the inside with real flow.
Make sure to tune in LIVE tomorrow to see how he fares against the best of the best tomorrow in the Main event.
The Huntington Beach Pro kicked off in dramatic style last night, aptly named Tommy Bahama’s Opening Night’ with a red carpet event at their Island Grille in Newport Beach, broadcast live at www.watermanleague.com.
Athletes and guests were treated to a night of drinks and tapas at the amazing beachside venue where throughout the night they got to listen to a talk story special, presented by Turtle Bay, where the leading trio in the Men’s and Women’s divisions shared their thoughts on the year, the event and the World Title Race.
Dave Boehne hosted on the red carpet, bringing the event to life as he put the riders on the spot, in the spot light.
Zane Schweitzer (Starboard) who was celebrating his twenty-first birthday at the event was presented with the European Cup Trophy earned following a phenomenal performance this summer in Europe where he secured 3 bullet wins amidst a field of Europe’s and the World’s best.
A big Mahalo to Tommy Bahama for a fitting Opening night for what will be a sensational 4th stop on both the Stand up World Tour & Series.
So it was a phenomenal 1st day of action here at the Huntington Beach Pro Grand Slam, with great surf on a rising swell, beautiful weather and great performances across the complete Trials field.
Congratulations to the Top 8 finishers who will now face up to their biggest challenge yet, as they face up to the best of the best in pumping Huntington Beach for stop 4 of the 2014 Stand up World Tour.
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