Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow to meet in U.S. Open of Surfing quarterfinals
Sunday’s surfing is set in Huntington Beach.
Kelly Slater, ranked No. 3 in the world, qualified Friday for the U.S. Open of Surfing quarterfinals, and Saturday morning No. 4-ranked Taj Burrow posted a winning score to join him. The matchup between two of the world’s top 10 will highlight the final three rounds of the men's surfing competition, which is set to run all day Sunday.
Hours later Saturday, the women took to the water in a battle of champions for a spot in the semifinals. Freshly crowned ASP world champion Carissa Moore narrowly knocked out Santa Ana native Courtney Conlogue in what is becoming a budding rivalry. Moore will face Santa Barbara’s Lakey Peterson in the semifinals while No. 6-ranked Coco Ho will battle No. 2-ranked Sally Fitzgibbons.
Ho pulled an upset over four-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore to advance. Gilmore, Fitzgibbons and Moore were all semifinalists in the Roxy Pro Biarritz competition in July, where Moore emerged as world champion based on accumulated points.
Dusty Payne vs. Tanner Gudauskas
Kelly Slater vs. Taj Burrow
Dane Reynolds vs. Kolohe Andino
Royden Bryson vs. Yadin Nicol
Lakey Peterson vs. Carissa Moore
Sally Fitzgibbons vs. Coco Ho
Photo: Reigning world champion Kelly Slater catches air off a wave during Friday's qualifying at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times