Keanu Asing Wins QS3,000 Vans Pro in Virginia Beach
- August 30, 2017
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After all, former CT competitor Keanu Asing faced three former Vans Pro champions — Evan Geiselman, Patrick Gudauskas and Kanoa Igarashi — in the marquee heat. And in building two to three-foot wind chop at First Street Jetty, the Hawaiian put all three of those guys on the ropes with devastating backside flair.
In fact, he comboed the field right off the bat, following up a 7.33 with a 9.00. By the time they were able to break the combo, Asing was too far ahead. At only 24 years old, he is the first surfer to win both a WSL Pro Junior and the QS main event in Virginia Beach’s most prestigious surfing event.
“After getting through some tough heats today, the stars just aligned in that Final,” Asing said. “I just found my rhythm, so I couldn’t be more happy. Those three are ex-champions for a reason, so I took them very seriously. I have the utmost respect for them, and you can never take your opponents lightly.”
While this is Asing’s second QS3,000 victory of the year (he also won in Barbados), vaulting him back into the Top 10 on the QS rankings heading into Europe, it was perhaps Pat Gudauskas who stole the show on Finals Day. In his Semifinal, the Californian posted a perfect 10 and an 18.90 total for the highest single-wave score and heat total of the event — earned for a huge air-reverse and a couple carves all the way to shore.
“It’s always a challenge here and I feel like this year the field was the best it’s been in all the years I’ve been here,” Gudauskas said. “Making it to the Final was great, and I really wanted to win that one, but I’m still hungry in every heat and feel good with 2nd. And to get a 10 in the Semifinal was great.”
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Brazilian talent Mateus Herdy had already made it to the Quarterfinals of the QS3,000 before dominating the Final of the Vans Junior Pro, beating Japanese shredders Joh Azuchi and Yuji Mori and Californian Tyler Gunter in a high-scoring affair.
“I’m just beyond happy,” Herdy said. “It’s been awhile since my last win and now I’ll turn my focus back to the QS, but I’ll enjoy this moment until then. I saw Yuji [Mori] catching a lot of waves in the Semifinal so I knew I’d have to find some good ones. I tried focusing on the airs if they came to me. Unfortunately, I lost in the Quarters of the QS, but that helped me keep my energy, and I knew I just had to choose the right waves. Most of my friends who are here could’ve gone and left for Europe, but they stayed to support me, which meant so much to me.”
Vans Pro Men’s QS3,000 Final Results:
1. Keanu Asing (HAW), 16.33, $12,000
2. Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 14.76, $6,000
3. Evan Geiselman (USA), 12.33, $4,500
4. Kanoa Igarashi (USA), 11.13, $3,500
Vans Pro Men’s QS3,000 Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 15.40, Evan Geiselman (USA) 13.47, Luel Felipe (BRA) 12.97, Griffin Colapinto (USA)
SF 2: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 18.90, Keanu Asing (HAW) 13.16, Tomas King (CRI) 11.96, Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 8.86
Vans Pro Men’s QS3,000 Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 14.93, Luel Felipe (BRA) 11.16, Reo Inaba (JPN) 9.27, Jake Marshall (USA) 7.07
QF 2: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 14.83, Evan Geiselman (USA) 14.60, Cory Arrambide (USA) 13.10, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 10.96
QF 3: Tomas King (CRI) 11.57, Keanu Asing (HAW) 10.70, Parker Coffin (USA) 10.37, Kade Matson (USA) 8.47
QF 4: Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 13.40, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.30, Deivid Silva (BRA) 11.86, Mateus Herdy (BRA) 10.26
Vans Pro Junior Final Results:
1. Mateus Herdy (BRA), 16.43, $2,500
2. Joh Azuchi (JPN), 15.17, $1,500
3. Yuji Mori (JPN), 10.90, $1,000
4. Tyler Gunter (USA), 7.67, $900
Vans Pro Junior Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Yuji Mori (JPN) 12.67, Mateus Herdy (BRA) 12.46, Ryland Rubens (USA) 8.90, Che Allan (BRB) 8.00
SF 2: Tyler Gunter (USA), Taro Watanabe (USA), Joh Azuchi (JPN), Jacob Burke (BRB)