SURFING Magazine, 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing

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The Good, The Bad And The Beautiful

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It is impossible to tell the story of the 2014 Vans United States Open of Surfing. There is just too much that happens. At any given point in time during the Open, Matt Banting could be landing a slob-grab reverse while Greyson Fletcher is doing a hurricane grind on a gravely section of pool coping while a pro surfer is enjoying an afternoon delight in his (or her!) swanky hotel room while a guy is holding a sign and screaming about Jesus while a 14-year-old kid is rounding second base under the pier while a child is building a sand castle while Kolohe Andino gets ready for his heat while Dane Reynolds is hosting a pizza party and his party-goers are drinking red whine out of a turquoise shoe. All of this life in one single moment. It defies documentation. It’s a wild web of virtue colliding with vice — giving, taking, borrowing, stealing and eventually collecting into a twisted week of events. Some of it is good. Some of it is bad. But all of it is beautiful in its very own way.


EDITORIAL Editor | Zander Morton Creative Director | Chato Aganza Photo Editor | Peter Taras Travel and Media Manager | Jimmy Wilson Managing Editor | Leo Maxam Art Director | Noa Emberson Online Editor | Brendan Buckley Editor at Large | Taylor Paul Editor at Large | Beau Flemister Editorial Assistant | Mike Misselwitz Art Intern | Antoine Justes

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COVER PHOTO: ANTOINE JUSTES THIS PAGE PHOTO: FIONA MULLEN


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FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH: Surfers from both sides of the stable have their say

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WELCOME The surfing is right here, the skating is

over there and the butts are everywhere.


People of the streets, people of the beach, people of the bus and just plain people.

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Pet erson Crisanto spins a tail. The story ended with an 8.87.


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Ifs, an ds and butts.

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WINNER’S CIRCLE Jordy Smith won a heat, then this guy won selfies.


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MY FIRST US O PE N : D e fl o w e r ed in HB

“You never forget your first time,” my friends told me as we pulled into Huntington Beach. It was my third day on the job at SURFING Magazine and I was all dolled up to cover my first US Open. Lucky boardshorts. SURFING hat. Trusty reporter’s notepad and extra pens. I had been waiting my entire young life for this, and now the time had come to experience my first Vans US Open of Surfing. I was very excited and slightly scared. I asked my colleagues who had done it before what it felt like. “It’s best if you’re a little drunk,” they said. I practiced by myself beforehand (watching past webcasts and studying old brackets), so that everything would be perfect and I wouldn’t look like such an obvious virgin. It felt good, but I knew in my heart it would feel even better in the flesh. Magical, even. In my mind I had already planned out every detail: Brett Simpson would win his third US Open title and I would be there to write the seminal game story and cheer him on from the surfer’s area, alongside Kelly Slater, who


would take an inexplicable liking to me. At the awards podium, Rosy Hodge and I would meet and fall in love, even though she speaks South African and I speak English. It would be a fairytale. It had to be. It was my first time. .. But oh how naive I was. Kelly never showed up. And R osy told me she had a boyfriend. Then the script got completely scrapped when Simpo lost to Filipe Toledo in th e semis. And then the nightmare: an all-Brazilian final. At Surf City, USA! Where was my US Open? Next thing I knew they were tearing down the scaffolding in the rain. It wa s quick. And rough. And it kind of hurt. And at the end I was left, alone, with an empty feeling inside. I felt betrayed. Used. My mom was right, I thought. All surf contests are the same. They just want one thing from a young editor: undying attention for the length of the waiting period. They tell you what you want to hear until you give in, then it’s on to the next. But now that I’ve had a couple of days to process it all, I realize that the US

Open was actually a pretty cool time. I got to see Filipe Toledo win his first major event. I got to see the Strange Rumblings premiere and a guy in a Chewbacca suit campaigning for Jesus. And that girl with “boner garage” written on her lower back even gave me her number. She seemed nice. In hindsight, I thank the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing for giving me a valuable dose of reality: No surf contest can ever live up to an unrealistic expectation of perfection. But that doesn’t mean they can’t still be fun. So from here on out, I’m just going to have fun. Flirt with that 1-star in New Jersey. Experiment on the QS with different nationalities (Spanish and Brazilian sound fun). But I won’t give my heart away so freely again. I’m saving myself for something truly special, an event that won’t play games. Actually, I am super excited to go see my first Eddie Aikau Invitational in Hawaii this winter. I think it could be love. — ­ Leo Maxam


Corey A rrambide’s main sponsor is a banana company called Chiquita and there’s probably a joke about him peel ing out somewhere in there.


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FROM THE SKY TO THE SAND, HB I S AWFULLY VIBRA NT.


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Kolohe Andino and a tail-throw almost as aggressive as yellow sunglasses.

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THE MAYOR

Technically, Matthew Harper is the mayor of Huntington Beach — but have you seen Brett Simpson surf south side?

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ANOTHER AIR REVERSE? Yes, because it’s Huntington. Josh Kerr and the wings of an angel.

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Dane Reynolds, in it for the hugs.


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Filipe Toledo and the little crowd that could.


Kolohe, going vert.

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Greyson Fletcher.

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The Van Doren Invitational.


Hey, could we borrow that grab?

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Hey, you mind if we borrow that rotation? LIOTTA


Brett Simpson and the creatures under the pier.


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IF THIS IS WAR... ...then Filipe Toledo is like Napolean Bonaparte, but more tan.


Nobody had it in them to tell Jordy Smith that 200 lb. men aren’t meant to surf small waves like this. Oh well.

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A lot of modern surfing can be traced back to Larry Bertlemann. We figured the least we could do is buy hi m a beer.


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FLOWERS IN HER HAIR And a world title on her mind. Steph Gilmore.


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Malia Manuel made the Semis of the women’s division (which was, in fact, a WCT) but you’re probably fixated on that photo of Dylan Goodale and the very tall man aren’t you?


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T hing s w e l e ar n o n th i s spr e ad : 1) Stephanie Gilmore does great turns. 2) Stephanie Gilmore has fantastic legs. 3) Somebody drove a Fiat into the ocean. 4) Wilian Cardoso is an elk.

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It’s all fun and games until somebody loses the world title. Tyler Wright and Steph, your smiling finalists.


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She just couldn’t go wrong.

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Ty ler Wright,

YOUR 2014 VANS US OPEN OF SURFING CHAMPION, gives one hell of a high-five.


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They partied, alright. Just not for Tyler.


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TWIGHLIGHT LIES Don’t let the tranquility fo ol you.



Don’t, you’ll go to jail.

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“Going vert” is an expression that some folks use instead of saying “drowning oneself in alcohol.” It is also a valid way of describing what Tanner Guda uskas is doing with this turn.

GOING VERT


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Kolohe Andino raised th e roof all the way until Round 5 when the roof suddenly came crashing down on him. The roof was named Garret Parkes.

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Bailey Nage and then her dad shook another man’s hand while chairing her up the beach.


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PRO JUNIOR? Matt Banting won the Pro Junior division at the Open. He also happens to lead the WQS ratings. He also lands tail throws like this with delicate ease.


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Wilian Cardoso has no idea who Paul Mitchell is. Paul Mitchell has no idea who Wilian Cardoso is. Somebody, somewhere within a mile, probably has no idea where their pants are.

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Right round baby. Right round. Filipe stuck this air about 30 times throughout the event, and it proved to be the song the judges wanted to hear in the final.



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After having just moved his entire family to San Clemente, this was an acceptable claim. Almost.

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Filipe Toledo

WON THE 2014 VANS US OPEN OF SURFING, b ut he did not win facial hair.


So many Instagrams, so few hashtags.

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And with that, it became a ghost town. The ghosts were mostly of morals.

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