Inaugural Women’s Duct Tape Invitational LIVE at Vans US Open of Surfing

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif./USA (Thursday, August 2, 2018) – The first-ever all women’s Duct Tape Invitational has been called ON at Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch for a 7:30 a.m. PST start. The Duct Tape Invitational will complete the Quarterfinals and Semifinals today. The Women’s Championship Tour (CT) has been called off for the daym and the Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) will get Round 3 underway following the longboard event.

“The Women’s Duct Tape Invitational will be on at 7:30 a.m. PST and we will have the Men’s QS follow,” said WSL Deputy Commissioner, Travis Logie. “We’ll wait for a possible start to the Women’s CT tomorrow morning, but it will be exciting to get the inaugural women’s Duct Tape Invitational underway at Huntington Beach. For the Men’s QS, we will run Round 3 and the first two heats of Round 4.”

The Women’s Duct Tape Invitational will showcase some of the world’s best women’s longboarders, beginning with 2016 WSL Champion Tory Gilkerson (USA) taking on Kaitlin Maguire (USA)Hallie Rohr (USA), and Mele Saili (USA).

Quarterfinal action concludes with reigning WSL Champion Honolua Blomfield (HAW)competing against Erin Ashley (USA)Kassia Meador (USA), and Summer Richley (USA).

Men’s QS Round 3 will get in the water following longboard Semifinal bouts.

The men’s Round 3 matchups have some heavyweight affairs on their schedule as up-and-comer Kei Kobayashi (USA) will fight for a Round 4 spot against an all-CT lineup featuringKeanu Asing (HAW)Yago Dora (BRA), and 2015 WSL Champion Adriano De Souza (BRA)will open in Round 3 Heat 1.

The Vans US Open of Surfing will be broadcast LIVE on VansUSOpenofSurfing.com, on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook pageWorldSurfLeague.com, and the WSL app. Also check local listings for coverage from WSL’s broadcast partners.

Surfline, forecast partner of the WSL, is calling for:

The surf will creep up over the next couple days as new SSW swell fills in Thursday-Friday, with slightly larger surf over the weekend off a combo of NW windswell and SW and SSE swells.

Recognized as the largest professional sports competition and action sports festival in the world, the Vans US Open of Surfing is currently sanctioned and operated by the World Surf League under license from IMG, the event owner. Official partners of this year’s event include Vans, Swatch, Jeep, Airbnb, Michelob ULTRA, Hydro Flask, LifeProof, Jose Cuervo, Barefoot Wine, Woolmark, BF Goodrich, Harley-Davidson, Peet’s Coffee, Red Bull, U.S. Army, Slowtide, CLIF Bar, U.S. Marine Corps, Let it Block Sunscreen, Tea of a Kind, Flowater, and Frontier Communications.

For more information, including continued updates and scheduling, please visitVansUSOpenofSurfing.com.

About Vans
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About IMG
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