ASP 4-Star Vans Pier Classic: Great Surfing On Day 2

Day 2 of the 2011 ASP 4-Star Vans Pier Classic came with more perfect waves, providing surfers like Josh Kerr and Micah Byrne with the opportunity to show off their skills.

Jair Perez.  Photo: HillemanDay 2 of the ASP 4-Star Vans Pier Classic saw several of the world’s best surfers put on a show alongside local standouts today in nearly flawless six foot waves at Huntington Beach Pier.

Josh Kerr who earned the top scores on the opening day of the Vans Pier Classic, improved on his performance again on Day 2, this time blasting a 16.93 out of 20 heat total with an impressive backside barrel and combination of lightning-fast turns to continue his form as the top surfer of the event.

“I was just stoked to get a barrel but I wanted to get a real good one out there,” Kerr said. “It’s pumping here in Huntington. I think this is by far the best I’ve ever seen Huntington, we’ve scored.”

Micah Byrne, former Vans Pier Classic Champion (2007) and Huntington Beach local, had excellent results for Day 2 of competition. Byrne flawlessly dropped a 7-point ride on his opening wave with several electric backhand blasts on a lefthander breaking into the Pier.

The native talent quickly followed up with an 8.33 out of 10 on his second wave with powerful forehand railwork to take a commanding heat victory.

"I’m stoked to take the pressure off, especially since it was the first heat, I was really nervous," said Byrne. "The conditions are insane, we score every year at this event.” 

Vans Pier Classic action will continue tomorrow morning at 8am local time with the Round of 64, where top seeds including ASP World Tour surfers Adriano de Souza, Taylor Knox, and Damien Hobgood, will tackle the early round standouts.


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