Brett Simpson was happy to move on through.
Dane Reynolds was relieved to survive difficult conditions.
Two of the world's top surfers were among several athletes Tuesday to win their heats and advance at the 2012 Nike U.S. Open of Surfing Men's Prime competition. The U.S. Open, which started Saturday, runs through Sunday at the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier. In addition to the surfing aspect, the event includes skate competitions, music, art and interactive booth vendors.
Heats 19 through 24 of the Men's Prime Round of 96 launched Tuesday's schedule. Round 1 of the Women's World Tour came next, followed by Heats 1-6 in the Men's Prime Round of 48, which capped the action.
Local athlete Tim Reyes, a graduate of Edison High, finished second in both his first and second heats of the Men's Prime to also advance through Tuesday.
Simpson, 27, is no stranger to shining on the U.S. Open stage. He won the Men's title for the first time in 2009, then repeated as champion in 2010. Last year, he was eliminated early.