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The Vans U.S. Open of Surfing takes no prisoners. The folks on the beach are susceptible to overcrowding and energy drink overdose. The judges have to quantify the value of a well-executed “Huntington Hop” between the flurry of carbon-copy air reverses. The surfers cope with so-so wave conditions, the dangers that come with maneuvering around the unforgiving barnacle-covered pilings of the pier, their fellow surfer, star-struck fans and surviving nine days of competition amongst more than 100 of their peers. It’s taxing. Which makes surviving and excelling all that more impressive. Kolohe Andino will be the first person to tell you that his results hasn’t been what he’d hoped they would be this year. But a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open in front of 50,000 spectators on the beach, it’s the kind of result that can turn a season around.
Dennis Enarson had big plans coming into the summer of 2013. Photo trips, training and contests, contests, contests. He was doing some of the best riding of his career when a momentary lapse of concentration flung him head-first toward the deep end of the X Games Park course in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil. He escaped with only a broken wrist and a scrape on his chin (and the Bronze Medal), but his next two months were mostly sunk. He sat out the Barcelona and Munich legs of X Games, but he’s feeling healthy and motivated for the last X Games of the year and the last-ever X Games event in Los Angeles. We caught up with the 22-year-old San Diegan to see how things were going.
He locked it up! With a win in Mexico City to start the season, a runner-up finish at Glen Helen and now a win in Madrid, Thomas Pagès is your 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters world champion. Riding in front of a raucous crowd at the iconic Las Ventas bullfighting ring, Pagès left no doubters that he was deserving of the title, with some of his most polished and dynamic runs of the year.