Caption: A big opening day from competitors such as Jake Marshall (USA) set the pace for an action-packed weekend at the Jack’s Surfboards Pro QS 1,500.
Credit: © WSL / Nilton Baptista

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Friday, March 23, 2018) – The World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) Jack’s Surfboards Pro QS 1,500 started off with solid Huntington Beach conditions to begin Round One and Round Two Heats 1 – 8 on opening day. Three-to-four foot windswell provided ample opportunity for competitors as positioning and patience were vital. Familiar faces among the QS campaigners made their mark in the early goings to set up a big weekend of action.

Jake Marshall (USA) made a statement at the Australian QS 6,000 leg by earning some impressive heat scores and carried that momentum straight into his Round One debut here in Huntington Beach. The Encinitas, California, native earned an excellent 8.93 (out of a possible 10) and 16.50 (out of a possible 20) heat total — both the day’s top performances. But, after not getting into the Martinique Surf Pro QS 3,000 in the Caribbean, Marshall entered this event and, due to late entry, had to start his campaign earlier than usual.

“I felt really good in those Australian contests and even though I made a couple heats, I really wanted to break through to the man-on-man round,” Marshall said. “But, I still had some good heats and surfing Huntington is always fun. I feel really confident out here because I’ve surfed so many events at this wave. The event in Florida gave me some confidence as well going into this year. I made some mistakes in the Final and want to get back to that stage at the event here and go one better.”

Former Championship Tour (CT) competitor Nate Yeomans (USA) finds himself back in a jersey and showed he still has what it takes to battle alongside the QS ranks. The San Clemente, California, native went to work on his forehand and posted an excellent 8.17. Yeomans sat alone throughout the heat, at the famed “Machado’s Left,” and found his form early on after some time away from competition. The 36-year-old had to put competing on the backburner as family took precedent in a time of need.

“I sat over there and stayed busy, it was probably a better call to sit over where the other guys were, but I kept getting a couple fun ones,” Yeomans said. “Our youngest was born 13-weeks premature, so she was in the hospital for 97 days. I had lots of prayers going on as my wife had some pretty significant complications during the birth, but they’re both doing okay now. That first week was extremely scary so I took some time off to be with the family and this is my first event back. It feels great to get the jersey back on.”

Parker Coffin (USA) hopped straight off a plane and into a jersey after spending time with his older brother, CT competitor Conner, on the Gold Coast of Australia. The 22-year-old found himself in the water among the world’s best once again as he strives to join them. But, it’s been a tough transition for the younger Coffin after a prolific Junior Tour career — though he’s beginning to put his head into the QS level much harder.

“I always like coming back to compete, but I swear I never get to compete in California,” Coffin said. “The only one I really get to do is the US Open which is a circus, so it’s nice to be here in the spring and get some fun waves. This year I thought I better start getting into more of these events in hopes of making it alongside my brother. It’s amazing what those guys do and just to see what they do to be the best is crazy — it’s pretty eye opening. A lot of the QS guys work hard, but those guys are the elite for a reason. It’s so fun to be in the water with them and I thrive with guys who want it bad, so to be around all them you just go into black out mode. That’s what I’m trying to bring into the jersey.”

Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. PDT for an 8:00 a.m. PDT start to Round Two Heat 9 as top seeds will debut in Round Three.

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The Jack’s Surfboards Pro QS 1,500 will run at the Huntington Beach Pier, California, from Friday March 23 – 25.

Jack’s Surfboards Pro QS 1,500 Round One Results:
Heat 1: Alan Cleland (MEX) 12.33, Phillippe Chagas (BRA) 11.50, , Taishi Kawabata (JPN) 7.73, Wyatt Jeffers (USA) 1.70
Heat 2: Parker Coffin (USA) 13.17, Takumi Yasui (JPN) 10.47, Kalum Temple (CAN) 10.23, Kainaru Kato (HAW) 5.20
Heat 3: Miyu Furukawa (JPN) 11.03, Rory Reep (USA) 9.27, Jared Gogue (GUM) 6.94, Lucas Taub (USA) 6.10
Heat 4: Theo Fresia (BRA) 10.67, Remy Juboori (USA) 8.40, Sam Neiger (USA) 7.77, Wil Reid (USA) 6.90
Heat 5: Matty Costa (HAW) 10.33, Taishi Kume (JPN) 10.17, Gabriel Adisaka (BRA) 8.87, Bjorn Hazelquist (USA) 1.23
Heat 6: Colt Ward (USA) 12.10, Sasha Donnanno (MEX) 11.83, Icaro Rodrigues (BRA) 8.37, Travis Southworth (MEX) 6.07
Heat 7: Chris Waring (USA) 13.34, Evan Valiere (HAW) 10.60, Robbie McMormick (USA) 7.20, Kevin Dand (USA) 6.93
Heat 8: , Jose Lopez (VEN) 11.50, Taylor Hutchinson (AUS) 9.20, Alex Kamkoff (USA) 4.50, Frank Chenault (USA) 1.27
Heat 9: Yugo Kawabata (JPN) 10.54, Dimitri Poulos (USA) 9.47, Joel Bishop (USA) 7.66, Tyler Thornsley (USA) 5.43
Heat 10: Nathan Yeomans (USA) 13.97, Willie Safreed (USA) 9.90, Preston Dexter (USA) 8.03, Chase Rasse (USA) 4.33
Heat 11: Tales Araujo (BRA) 12.77, Daniel Templar (USA) 10.56, Ethan Mudge (USA) 10.00, Austin Finley (USA) 8.23
Heat 12: Brandon Mitchell (USA) 10.57, Hagan Johnson (USA) 10.33, Branden Defilippo (USA) 9.73, John Skolnick (USA) 7.16
Heat 13: Laheki Minamishen (USA) 12.83, Hiroya Miwa (JPN) 11.40, Dennis Rizzo (USA) 9.07, Cole Carlton (USA) 7.90
Heat 14: Hunter Lysaught (USA) 11.90, John Mel (USA) 11.87, Sage Burke (USA) 9.66, Richie Schmidt (USA) 3.17
Heat 15: Jake Marshall (USA) 16.50, Sam Coffey (USA) 11.27, Eddie Lester (USA) 7.24, Steven Rousseau (USA) 3.63
Heat 16: Souichiro Yuki (JPN) 11.24, Jackson Obando (NIC) 10.57, Kevin Cortez (NIC) 10.54, Parker Swoish (USA) 9.63

Jack’s Surfboards Pro QS 1,500 Round Two Results:
Heat 1: Takumi Yasui (JPN) 14.63, Liam Murray (USA) 11.90, Elijah Fox (HAW) 11.67, Alan Cleland (MEX) 10.27
Heat 2: Parker Coffin (USA) 12.87, Phillippe Chagas (BRA) 12.43, Ezra Sitt (HAW) 6.77, Logan Landry (CAN) 5.87
Heat 3: Miyu Furukawa (JPN) 13.00, Remy Juboori (USA) 9.07, Kosuke Okamura (JPN) 7.70, Mitchell Salazar (MEX) 6.10
Heat 4: Rinta Ooto (JPN) 12.50, Theo Fresia (BRA) 12.27, Rory Reep (USA) 9.83, Paul Pugliesi (USA) 7.20
Heat 5: Guy Sato (JPN) 10.33, Matty Costa (HAW) 9.16, Kala Williard (HAW) 8.50, Sasha Donnanno (MEX) 7.60
Heat 6: Jeremy Carter (USA) 14.50, Colt Ward (USA) 9.33, Taishi Kume (JPN) 7.60, Parker Cohn (USA) 6.60
Heat 7: Austin Neumann (USA) 11.37, Taylor Hutchinson (AUS) 10.83, Chris Waring (USA) 9.67, Yuri Ogasawara (JPN) 8.73
Heat 8: Jose Lopez (VEN) 11.00, Giogio Gomez (USA) 10.90, Evan Valiere (HAW) 9.47, Aldo Chirinos (CRI) 8.70

Upcoming Jack’s Surfboards Pro QS 1,500 Round Two Match-Ups:
Heat 9: Kaisa Kawamura (JPN), Nick Marshall (USA), Yugo Kawabata (JPN), Dylan Goodale (HAW)
Heat 10: David Economos (USA), Italo Mesinas (USA), Nate Yeomans (USA), Dimitri Poulos (USA)
Heat 11: Jackson Butler (USA), Namor Cayres (BRA), Tales Rodrigues (BRA), Hagan Johnson (USA)
Heat 12: Andrew Jacobson (USA), Tommy McKeown (USA), Brandon Mitchell (USA), Daniel Templar (BRA)
Heat 13: Christopher Bluthardt (HAW), Jacob Szekely (USA), Laheki Minamishen (USA), John Mel (USA)
Heat 14: Noah Hill (USA), Jack Boyes (USA), Hunter Lysaught (USA), Hiroya Miwa (JPN)
Heat 15: Dylan Hord (USA), Sean Woods (USA), Jake Marshall (USA), Jackson Obando (NIC)
Heat 16: Nate Dorman (USA), Derek Peters (USA), Souichiro Yuki (JPN), Sam Coffey (USA)