Grand Strand’s Richards fourth in Junior US Open

CAM RICHARDS US OPENGarden City Beach’s Cam Richards, 19, has had a pretty fantastic weekend, topped off with his fourth place finish today in the Junior Men’s US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California.

After barely advancing through round two of the event, Richards went on to pick up first place in the quarterfinals and semifinals.

Surfing down the beach nearly two hundred yards away from the pier, Richards picked off wave after wave without any problems during the semifinals. That strategy backfired during the finals with a rising tide. By the time Richards joined his competitors closer to the pier, and the steeper waves, time had run out.

American Griffin Colapinto busted out to an early lead, and picked up the win in the event.

Cam finished in the runner-up slot in the 2014 Junior Men’s US Open that runs in conjunction with the men’s and women’s WSL contest with the same name. The junior event is normally open to surfers 20 years of age and under, “This will be the last year for Cam. They’re lowering the age to 18 next year,” said Kelly Richards, Cam’s father and owner of Village Surf Shop in Garden City Beach.

Cam needs a solid finish in just one more contest this year to qualify for the World Junior Men’s Contest. He’ll next surf in the Van’s Pro Junior in Virginia Beach before finishing up the season at the Fin’s Pro Junior in Belmar, NJ, mid September. A solid showing in the World Junior’s would propel Richards onto the World Qualifying Series, which leads into the World Championship Tour.

Additionally, Cam won an online contest this weekend sponsored by Surline.com. With over 10,000 votes Cam, representing America, won by just over 200 votes. He’ll pick up a check for $5000 for the online contest.

Photo Credit: Michael Lallande/WSL

 

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