Surf City: Oakley’s Conner Coffin Triumphs At US Open of Surfing Pro Junior Contest
Surf City’s sets may have been at two-to-four feet. But Connor Coffin was positively massive at the US Open of Surfing Pro Junior.
With a dominating performance throughout the contest – racking up a 17.10 out of 20 heat total to claim the biggest victory of his career at the ASP 4-Star event.
“I can’t even put this in to words,” Connor said, rocking his Oakley eyewear. “I’m just so happy. I used to struggle out here and I’ve been working hard on that and I’m just glad that Final went my way.”
But the path to victory was no walk in the park, of course. O’s young ripper clipped Kanoa Igarashi, Cooper Chapman and Filipe Toledo of Brazil to plow through to the Final.
“Filipe (Toledo) is a freak and he can do those airs on point,” he continued. “I just got lucky that he didn’t put it together in the Final. I had two 8s, but with him that’s nowhere near safe. He can get 8s and 9s in every heat.”
Shooting over to the Pro Men’s event, Oakley’s Brazilian Ripper Adriano de Souza has been charging through every round into the Round of 16 with expected ferocity. Topping Nat Young – the South American will face fellow Brazilian Gabriel Medina today to determine whether or not Sunny Southern California will bring contest fortune.
MEN’S NIKE US OPEN OF SURFING ROUND OF 16 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.90 def. Tim Reyes (USA) 8.66
Heat 2: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.07 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 8.70
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.50 def. Jesse Mendes (BRA) 11.37
Heat 4: Dane Reynolds (USA) 16.90 def. Nathaniel Curran (USA) 16.70
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.90 def. Granger Larsen (HAW) 9.93
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.74 def. Nat Young (USA) 11.40
Heat 7: John John Florence (HAW) 16.70 def. Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.10
Heat 8: Julian Wilson (USA) 14.93 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 14.00
MEN’S NIKE US OPEN OF SURFING PRO JUNIOR FINAL RESULT:
1 – Conner Coffin (USA) 17.10
2 – Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 12.60
3 – Cooper Chapman (AUS) 11.97
4 – Filipe Toledo (BRA) 3.03
MEN’S NIKE US OPEN OF SURFING PRO JUNIOR SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
Heat 1: Conner Coffin (AUS) 17.96, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 12.53, Michael February (ZAF) 11.37, Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) 11.17
Heat 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 16.60, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 12.00, Kalani David (HAW) 9.67, Taylor Thorne (USA) 8.93