A year after he made the final of the Vans Would Cup of Surfing, Santa Cruz native Nat Young failed to make the quarterfinals of the same event at Sunset Beach on the North Shore of Hawaii on Tuesday.
Young scored a 9.67 two-wave point total to land behind heat winner Perth Sandlick [17.23], of Australia; runner-up Ricardo Dos Santos [13.43], of Brazil; and Hawaii’s own John John Florence [11.44], who was third and also eliminated in the Round of 32.
The World Cup of Surfing is the second stop in the Triple Crown of Surfing. Up next, the holding period for the Billabong Pipe Masters, in memory of Andy Irons, is scheduled to run from Dec. 8-20.
Once the tsunami warning was lifted for the Hawaii Islands following an earthquake in Canada on Sunday, Santa Cruz resident Kathy Frank and Scotts Valley resident Roger Kern went out and won their respective divisions in the Xterra World Championships, the crown jewel of off-road triathlon.
Frank dominated the women’s 65-69 age division in Kapalua, Maui. She finished the 1.5-kilometer open-water swim in 46 minutes, 2 seconds, the 30k mountain bike portion in 3:34:00, and the 10k trail run in 1:47:10. She led each portion for what was her second world title and a total of 6:07:12.
Kern won the men’s 70-74 age division as the only competitor, crossing the finish line in 5:30:38. He completed the swim in 48:19, the bike in 3:08:3, and the run in 1:33:34 for his first world title.
Information included in this report is according to Xterra press releases. For full results, please see its results page. To check out its Facebook photo gallery, go here.
Santa Cruz resident and pro surfer Nat Young brought up the rear in the Nike U.S. Open of Surfing’s “No Loser” Round of 24 early this afternoon in Huntington Beach.
Young scored 9.27 points based on a his best two wave scores to finish behind Brazil’s Gabriel Medina, who won the heat with 19.03 points, and Hawaii’s Granger Larsen, who earned a 15.20-point score.
Medina advances to the Round of 16, while Young and Larsen move on to the elimination Round of 24. There, Young will face Australian Mitchel Coleborn, who earlier topped Young in the Round of 48. Heats in the Round of 24 are a man vs. man elimination format.
The event continues this weekend and streams live on the U.S. Open site.