Newton advances to Round 3 of U.S. Open trials

Hanalei’s Tyler Newton made it through two of the 14 heats he needs to get to the main Go211Live featuring the Honda U.S. Open event, in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Roughly 280 surfers started in the trials, surfing the 2- to 3-foot conditions yesterday, vying for the eight spots open to get to the main event.

“I got a couple of waves. It was pretty nice,” Newton said. “There were a lot of shoulder waves and a couple waist-high ones and it doesn’t look like it’s dying out, so it felt pretty good.”

Newton finished second (10.07) in his first heat of the day to fellow Hawai‘i surfer Macy Mullen (13.50). On to the next round, Newton finished in second again (11.00) only this time to Kyle Kennelly (12.50).

“This is probably one of the hardest stops on the tour,” Newton said. “Hopefully, I can get through it and maybe make some money.”

Also yesterday, Newton surfed in the O’Neill U.S. Open Pro Junior event. Newton won his heat, there, scoring 12.67 over second-place finisher Oliver Kurtz (10.60).

Newton will surf in Round 3 of the main Open trials today.

Other Kaua‘i surfers who have already secured a spot in the Open are Kyle Ramey (Po‘ipu), Alex Smith (North Shore) and Dylan Melamed (Hanalei).

Alana Blanchard (Hanalei) will surf in the women’s U.S. Open.

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