Grand Strand’s Richards runner-up in Jr. US Open

CamGarden City Beach’s Cam Richards was the runner up in the Jr. Men’s U.S. Open of surfing today in Huntington Beach, California.

The event runs in conjunction with the men’s and women’s WCT contest with the same name.

Winning his first three heats of the contest, he placed second to Australia’s Matt Banting in the semifinals, advancing him to the afternoon final.

Richards took a frantic pace in the final, grabbing every wave that came his way before moving into deeper water to await the sporadic set waves.

It would be a sporadic set wave that cost him the finals victory.

As the final opened, Banting sat further out than the other competitors, waiting for the occasional set wave. Not finding any through the majority of the heat, he paddled inside to the shorebreak that had been racking up points for the other competitors.

When Richards paddled outside with a sizable lead, and Banting in last place, Banting followed. With just 50 seconds remaining, Banting caught the wave of the heat outside, riding it to the sand. The wave picked up a 9.0 score, with plenty of room to take over first place from Richards as time expired.

With thousands of people lining the beach, pier, water, and bleachers, Banting finished with a 14.83 to Richards 14.54, from the two wave total.

Richards currently sits ranked 2nd nationally on the ASP Men’s Junior Tour behind Californian surfer Parker Coffin.

Photo Courtesy of the ASP

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