Ethan Ewing (AUS) earning the biggest result of his young career with a runner-up at the Vans US Open of Surfing. - WSL / Kenneth Morris
A career-defining event
North Stradbroke Island surfer Ethan Ewing has made the world surfing community stand and take notice this year and now has elevated himself to the next level with an incredible run at the Vans US Open of Surfing into a runner-up position.
It is his biggest result of the 17-year-old's young career and his performance in Huntington Beach, California has vaulted him to No. 2 on the Qualifying Series ranking.
The Vans US Open was worth 10,000 points for the winner and $100,000 in prize money. It was a mammoth event.
Ewing surfed in front of the big spectator crowd of his career.
Filipe Toldedo wins
Filipe Toldedo won his second Vans US Open of Surfing title in three years.
The high-flying Brazilian blew the crowd away with his above the lip antics all week, but in the final, he used his rail game to seal the deal, and get carried off the beach.
The Brazilian showed off his signature flair over the stylish power surfing from Ethan Ewing to take another massive win at Huntington Beach, California.
“I had an amazing week and this win is for all my family, friends, and fans that support me so much,” Toledo added after his celebration.
“Competing against Ethan (Ewing) in that final was so crazy, he absolutely rips and know he’s poised with for a big year with his Ballito result and this runner-up.
Ethan Ewing ( in red) on the victory dias with Filipe Toldedo at 2016 Vans US Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach, California with Women's winner Tatiana Weston-Webb ( red) and runnerup Malia Manuel. - WSL / Jackson Van Kirk
'Biggest achievement of my career'
Ethan Ewing took down two Championship Tour competitors on the final day of competition, topping rookie Ryan Callinan of Australia and defending World Surf League champion Adriano de Souza of Brazil.
Ewing said he felt comfortable coming into this event, competing against some of these older guys.
“I was expecting to maybe make two or three heats, but to make it to the final I’m blown away,” Ewing said.
“After losing out in the Pro Juniors it definitely got me more focused into the main event.
"When people always ask about the points or how much money I’ll make, I can get caught up in that but I’ve been staying with good people who kept me really grounded.
"This is the biggest achievement of my career so far and I’m just so happy,” Ewing said.
Source: World Surf League
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