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Nathaniel Curran Wins U.S. Open of Surfing

US Open Champion Nathaniel CurranBolstered by the thousands of rowdy fans lined up along the shores of Huntington Beach, Oxnard, Ca. surfer Nathaniel Curran overcame the fatigue that was setting in as a result of surfing four heats on Sunday on his way to becoming the 2008 Honda U.S. Open of Surfing champion. “I’m so pumped I don’t even know what to say,” Curran said. “Everyone was getting me really pumped up because I really wanted to win and I’m stoked. I just tried to keep myself cool and composed the whole time. I was just trying to keep it in rhythm and keep going.”

With a fading south swell combining with the incoming high tide, it wasn’t exactly a stellar final heat for what has been one of the better years as far as waves go for the U.S. Open. However the 23 yr. old Curran put up a couple of decent scores and held on as runner-up Tim Boal waited in vain for a workable wave. Boal, from Hossegor, France, put a little drama into the final with a last minute desperation wave, but Huntington had essentially shutdown at that point and didn’t present Boal much to work with. Curran defeated Boal by a final score of 11.66 to 10.70. “I’m upset that I lost,” Boal said. “I’m happy with the points, but I would have liked to come away with the win.”

Aside from the cash and crowd love that Curran pulled in with the biggest victory in his career to date, Curran now sits atop the WQS standings and bolstered his chances of joining the Dream Tour next year. “I’m super stoked to be the new WQS No. 1,” Curran said. “It’s tough because there are so many good guys. I’m just trying to focus on each heat and take it one contest at a time. I think all of the training and staying focused is paying off.”

Congratulations Nathaniel Curran! – 2008 Honda U.S. Open of Surfing champion

U.S. Open of Surfing Results -

Final
1 – Nathaniel Curran (USA)
2 – Tim Boal (FRA)

Semifinals (1st advances)
Semifinal 1: Tim Boal (FRA) 12.00 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 11.93
Semifinal 2: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 14.00 def. Gabe Kling (USA) 11.27

Quarterfinals (1st advances)
Quarterfinal 1: Tim Boal (FRA) 15.93 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 13.34
Quarterfinal 2: Brett Simpson (USA) 14.00 def. Eric Geiselman (USA) 11.76
Quarterfinal 3: Nathaniel Curran (USA) 15.66 def. Chris Waring (USA) 10.53
Quarterfinal 4: Gabe Kling (USA) 12.17 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 12.16

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Posted by Shaun on Sunday, July 27th, 2008 in Surfing.


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