Kelly Slater and others eliminated at 2013 US Open of Surfing

Greeted by Huntington Beach Fans
Alana Blanchard was almost mobbed by fans after her loss today at the US Open of Surfing

Kelly Slater was eliminated today in the mens round of 24 against Michel Bourez. He lost by only .26th of a point! Yes, it was that close.

Another notable elimination today was local favorite Lakey Peterson (also a close heat, losing to Carissa Moore). In addition to Stephanie Gilmore and Silvana Lima, both losing in today’s round 4 heats.

Finally, Alana Blanchard lost to Pauline Ado in the final woman’s heat of the day. When she approached the beach after her loss, hundreds of people were waiting to greet her. Security worked hard to keep the fans a safe distance, but if  you’ve ever been to this event, you know that’s easier said than done.

She finally got back safely, but it goes to show how popular she has become. For example, she has over 654K followers on Instagram, whereas Kelly Slater has 450K followers.

Now for the photos. But first, let me say that I’ve attended this year’s US Open of Surfing almost everyday, except for two. I’ve taken thousands of images so for now I can’t upload too many. After the competition ends, I’ll be sharing more here on OCSurfPix.com and on my Instagram account at @ocsurfpix .

Here’s a couple random photos from today.

Vans US Open of Surfing

 

Vans US Open of Surfing
Pauline Ado wins the heat but then watches hundreds of fans mob Alana Blanchard for photos and autographs.

Alana Blanchard

Ramon Ambriz

Ramon has been an avid photographer for over 20 years. He runs and contributes to several photography sites including OCPix and OCSurfpix. His main expertise is in advertising and online marketing but photography has always remained a top priority. For digital downloads of most images on this site, see our OCPix site. We also offer a variety of photography services in the Orange County California area. Follow my personal sites at the links to the left or if you need to contact me: ray@ocsurfpix.com

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