Justin Quintal taking the first leg of the 2019 Men’s WSL Longboard Tour at Castaways Beach, Noosa. Pic: Max - Survival Stance
23 July 19
Conlogue and Igarashi return to defend their US Open Titles, the next generation of QS shortboarders in the spotlight at the Huntington Beach arena, and the Vans Duct Tape Invitational and Stoke-O-Rama also return to the surfing aspect of this year’s proceedings as staple events at the Vans US Open.
The Duct Tape Invitational will include both men and women once again, with Honolua Blomfield (HAW) as defending event winner and is joined by the likes of eight-time event winner, and 2019 WSL Noosa Longboard Open QS 6,000 winner, Justin Quintal (USA).
“Last year was such an honor to have the women get that platform to perform and to win just felt incredible, so I’m really looking forward to coming back,” Blomfield said. “I’m really thankful to Joel (Tudor) for paving the way for us and giving us the opportunity to do what we love in an arena such as Huntington Beach. The vibes are always great and there’s nothing better than surfing with your friends.”
The Vans US Open of Surfing begins with Vans’ annual Stoke-O-Rama surf celebration on opening day, July 27. Hosted by the non-profit Positive Vibe Warriors Foundation, Stoke-O-Rama is a free, kids-only surf event featuring friendly surf sessions by age division, along with fun beach activities for local families to enjoy. Stoke-O-Rama helps to raise awareness and funds for local youth water safety and ocean education programs around the world. All the proceeds from this year’s Huntington Beach Stoke-O-Rama event will be donated directly to the Huntington Beach YMCA in support of community beach activities.
The Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch runs July 27 - August 4 at Huntington Beach Pier, Huntington Beach, California.
- Excerpt from WSL International news release
RECAP: DUCT TAPE INVITEES FOR HUNTINGTON
Kirra Seale, Justine Mauvin, Chloe Calmon, Makala Smith, Karina Rozunko, Avalon Gall, Jen Smith, Kassia Meador, Candra Jordan, Kelis Kaleopaa, Honolua Blomfield, Victoria Vergara, Summer Richley, Hailie Rohr, Kaitlin Mikkelsen, Haley Otto
Ryan Burch, Alex Knost, Justin Quintal, Troy Mothershead, Noah Shimabukuro, Troy Elmore, Kaniela Stewart, Kai Takayama, Andy Nieblas, Kevin Skvarna, Alex Rockrise, Saxon Wilson, Tom Payne, Zack Flores, David Arganda, Ian Gottron