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U.S. Open of Surfing: Lakey Peterson, Sally Fitzgibbons advance to women's final

August 7, 2011 | 11:45 am


In one of the tightest contests of the weekend, Lakey Peterson and Sally Fitzgibbons edged out two of the world’s top surfers to advance to the Nike U.S. Open of Surfing women’s final in Huntington Beach.

Peterson knocked out recently crowned world champion Carissa Moore by seven-hundredths of a point to continue her dream weekend. Peterson won the U.S. Open women’s junior title Saturday afternoon.

Fitzgibbons, the world’s No. 2-ranked surfer behind Moore, eliminated Coco Ho by three-hundredths of a point to advance to the final. Ho finished fourth in the junior final Saturday. None of the four semifinalists were separated by more than half a point.

The women’s final will begin at 1:35 p.m. this afternoon,

Both 10-times world champion Kelly Slater and San Clemente native Kolohe Andino advanced to the semifinals of the men’s competition, which is set to take place at 12:33 p.m.


Filipe Toledo captures the U.S. Open of Surfing men's junior championship

Lakey Peterson of Santa Barbara is the junior women's surfing champ

Photos: The Nike U.S. Open of Surfing in Surf City USA

--Matt Stevens

Photo: Sally Fitzgibbons shows her winning form during the U.S. Open of Surfing final on Sunday in Huntington Beach. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times