Pictured: Round 1 Heat 19 competitors will look for more of this as some of the world’s best still await their US Open debuts. Credit: © WSL/ Kenny Morris

  • Men’s Round 1 Heat 19 Starts at 8:05am PDT 
  • World’s Best Continue Making Their Debuts, Igarashi Prepares for Heat 24 Battle
  • Watch LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com

The US Open of Surfing Huntington Beach presented by Shiseido, a World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series (CS) event, is back ON. Round 1 Heat 19 will start at 8:05am PDT in two-to-three foot conditions pulsing into the Huntington Beach Pier lineup. More of the world’s best and rising stars of both men’s and women’s surfing are set to make their debuts with women’s Round 1 set to follow men’s action.

Day two picks up with Round 1 Heat 19 featuring Peru’s Alonso Correa (PER) in a stacked heat against Weslley Dantas (BRA), Jordy Lawler (AUS), and 3X Jaws Big Wave victor Billy Kemper (HAW). 

Rounding off a star-studded Round 1, Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Silver Medalist and two-time US Open victor Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) (Heat 24), Championship Tour (CT) competitor Matthew McGillivray (ZAF) (Heat 20), former CT surfers Wade Carmichael (AUS) (Heat 21) and Willian Cardoso (BRA) (Heat 20) debut. But, they will have to square off with the likes of world-renowned surfer Mason Ho (HAW), decorated QS East Coast threats Evan Geiselman (USA) (Heat 22), Michael Dunphy (USA) (Heat 22), Australia’s rising star Reef Heazlewood (AUS), and many more.

Some of the world’s best women are ready to kick things off and Round 1 Heat 1 will see recent Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro QS 3,000 winner, 2020/21 CT No. 6 Caroline Marks (USA) battling with The Ultimate Surfer star Tia Blanco(USA), Peru’s Daniella Rosas, and South Africa’s Natasha Van Greunen. ]

2020/21 CT Rookie of the Year Isabella Nichols (AUS) makes her debut in Round 1 Heat 9 alongside fellow event threats, former CT competitors Coco Ho (HAW) (Heat 8), Keely Andrew (AUS) (Heat 5), Pauline Ado (FRA) (Heat 6), Chelsea Tuach (BRB) (Heat 4) and Dimity Stoyle (AUS) (Heat 4). These world-class surfers will have to deal with rising stars such as 2018 World Junior Champion Kirra Pinkerton (USA) (Heat 3), and QS standout Samantha Sibley (USA) among many more.

Partners for the US Open of Surfing Huntington Beach pres. by Shiseido include Michelob Ultra, Jeep, Hydro Flask, Expedia, Red Bull, Oakley Sunglasses, and BFGoodrich join with event partners Frontier, Flying Embers, Fu Wax, Super73, DraftKings, Waterloo, and IKEA along with local sponsor Visit Huntington Beach representing for Surf City USA.

Watch LIVE
Watch the US Open of Surfing presented by Shiseido LIVE September 20 – 26 on WorldSurfLeague.com and YouTube, as well as the free WSL app.

COVID-19 Safety Protocol Update
The health and safety of athletes, staff, and the local community are of the utmost importance and the WSL has been working closely with local authorities to put a robust set of procedures in place. This includes testing and advance screening protocols, physical distancing and limited personnel on-site.

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Established in 1976, the World Surf League (WSL) is the home of the world’s best surfing. 
A global sports, media and entertainment company, the WSL oversees international tours and competitions, a studios division creating over 500+ hours of live and on-demand content, and via affiliate WaveCo, the home of the world’s largest high performance, human-made wave. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, the WSL has regional offices in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA.
The WSL annually crowns the men’s and women’s surfing World Champions. The global Tours and Competition division oversees and operates more than 180 global contests each year across the Championship Tour, the development tiers, including the Challenger, Qualifying and Junior Series, as well as longboard and big wave properties.  
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