Vans Pier Classic Day 4: Offshores In Huntington

Luke Davis put up two of the biggest heat scores of the day with a 14.00 in the 'QS and a 17.00 in the Pro Junior. Photo: Steindler

Luke Davis put up two of the biggest heat scores of the day with a 14.00 in the 'QS and a 17.00 in the Pro Junior. Photo: Steindler

Normally in Huntington Beach onshore winds are on the surf by noon at the latest. Saturday was not your typical day in Huntington. Early in the morning conditions were pristine: 2-4 feet, glassy, bowly high tide runners. With the high hitting near 80, Santa Ana like winds were on tap for the better part of the day. A few surfers decided to take advantage of the rare occurrence.

San Clemente’s Luke Davis put up two huge heat scores today, taking a victory in the ‘QS side with a 14.00 and a victory in the Pro Junior side with a 17.00. His surfing is looking fluid and diverse as ever, and he’s one of three surfers into the quarterfinals of both the ‘QS and Pro Junior events (Taylor Thorne and Tyler Newton being the other two).

LA's Dane Zaun's finner. Photo: Steindler

LA's Dane Zaun's finner. Photo: Steindler

Of the more veteran guard, standouts from the last few days like Brandon Guilmette, Asher Nolan, Tom Rezvan, Teddy Navarro, and Micah Byrne all surfed their way to quarterfinal match-ups set for Sunday. But with only eight heats run today in the ‘QS event, Saturday belonged to the Pro Junior’s.

As mentioned before, Luke Davis put up the highest heat total of the day in his final heat in the Ezekiel Pro Junior today (17.00). Other Pro Junior standouts included Dege O’Connell—who put up the highest score of the event today with a grab rail reverse for a 9.8—, Tanner Hendrickson, Kolohe Andino, Evan Geiselman, aforementioned Tyler Newton, and Alex Smith—who looked like the young version of Andy Irons with knife-like precision, a smart repertoire, and power through every turn.

Peru's Cristobal Del Col awaits a quarters match-up on Sunday in the 'QS event. Photo: Steindler

Peru's Cristobal Del Col awaits a quarters match-up on Sunday in the 'QS event. Photo: Steindler

Conner Coffin also made his first appearance of the event today after missing his ‘QS heat earlier in the week due to strep throat. That setback from earlier in the week showed no signs of slowing him down in the Pro Junior event today, as he was all business out in the water. On his highest scoring wave of the day he blasted three man-like backside lippers earning him a 9.6.

The quarterfinals for both the ‘QS event and the Ezekiel Pro Junior are set in ink for Sunday. Sunday will also provide the conclusion to the 2010 Vans Pier Classic and Ezekiel Pro Junior, giving us two (or maybe one) champions by the days end. If you’re in the Huntington Beach area on Sunday be sure to stop by the Pier and check out the action.—Ryan Brower

To read the ASP wrap-up, head here.

To watch the final day’s action LIVE, head here.

Hawaiian Macy Mullen. Photo: Steindler

Hawaiian Macy Mullen. Photo: Steindler

The Rockstar girls rockin' out on the beach. Photo: Steindler

The Rockstar girls rockin' out on the beach. Photo: Steindler

Evan Thompson's last ditch effort on the inside just wasn't enough to move him into the quarters of the 'QS event. Photo: Steindler

Evan Thompson's last ditch effort on the inside just wasn't enough to move him into the quarters of the 'QS event. Photo: Steindler

All recovered from strep throat from earlier in the week, Conner Coffin was all business on Saturday. Photo: Steindler

All recovered from strep throat from earlier in the week, Conner Coffin was all business on Saturday. Photo: Steindler

Tyler Newton is one of three surfers left doing double-duty for both events and was easily one of Saturday's standouts. Photo: Steindler

Tyler Newton is one of three surfers left doing double-duty for both events and was easily one of Saturday's standouts. Photo: Steindler

Jason Ratboy Collins' grab-rail reverse helped him into the quarters. Photo: Steindler

Jason Ratboy Collins' grab-rail reverse helped him into the quarters. Photo: Steindler

Hawaiian Dylan Goodale is out of the Pro Junior event but still alive in the 'QS event. Photo: Steindler

Hawaiian Dylan Goodale is out of the Pro Junior event but still alive in the 'QS event. Photo: Steindler

Max Colvin's take on boats-n-hose. Photo: Steindler

Max Colvin's take on boats-n-hose. Photo: Steindler

Hurley Team Manager Brandon Guilmette has been putting on a clinic the last few days. Photo: Steindler

Hurley Team Manager Brandon Guilmette has been putting on a clinic the last few days. Photo: Steindler

Spring break has everyone posted up on the beach. Photo: Steindler

Spring break has everyone posted up on the beach. Photo: Steindler

NY's Balaram Stack and myself had a few words today about which NY baseball team is better—freakin' Yankees fans...Photo: Steindler

NY's Balaram Stack and myself had a few words today about which NY baseball team is better—freakin' Yankees fans...Photo: Steindler

Conner Coffin surfed two solid heats today in the Ezekiel Pro Junior. Don't be surprised if he's on the podium tomorrow. Photo: Steindler

Conner Coffin surfed two solid heats today in the Ezekiel Pro Junior. Don't be surprised if he's on the podium tomorrow. Photo: Steindler

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