The East Coast Surfing Championships may be a contest for grinders, but the Final of the Vans Pro QS3,000 was nothing short of a Champions’ Ball.
After all, former CT competitor Keanu Asing faced three former Vans Pro champions — Evan Geiselman, Patrick Gudauskas and Kanoa Igarashi — in the marquee heat. And in building two to three-foot wind chop at First Street Jetty, the Hawaiian put all three of those guys on the ropes with devastating backside flair.
In fact, he comboed the field right off the bat, following up a 7.33 with a 9.00. By the time they were able to break the combo, Asing was too far ahead. At only 24 years old, he is the first surfer to win both a WSL Pro Junior and the QS main event in Virginia Beach’s most prestigious surfing event.
While this is Asing’s second QS3,000 victory of the year (he also won in Barbados), vaulting him back into the Top 10 on the QS rankings heading into Europe, it was perhaps Pat Gudauskas who stole the show on Finals Day. In his Semifinal, the Californian posted a perfect 10 and an 18.90 total for the highest single-wave score and heat total of the event — earned for a huge air-reverse and a couple carves all the way to shore.
1. Keanu Asing (HAW), 16.33, $12,000
2. Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 14.76, $6,000
3. Evan Geiselman (USA), 12.33, $4,500
4. Kanoa Igarashi (USA), 11.13, $3,500