Beyrick de Vries posts sensational performances at Sunset Beach in Hawaii
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 December, 2013 - South Africa’s Beyrick de Vries, who yesterday stunned the surfing world when he posted a perfect 10 point ride on what has been described as the ‘biggest and best biggest barrel in the storied 50 year history of surfing competition at Sunset Beach’ in Hawaii, followed that up earlier today by winning his Round of 64 heat in the Vans World Cup of Surfing and moving into the last 32 in the final ASP Prime rated event of the 2013 season.
What makes these feats truly remarkable is that De Vries, who turns 21 in a fortnight, is competing in his first event at Sunset Beach, notorious for its huge ‘playing field’ which makes wave selection difficult even for those that live there and ride the spot every time it breaks.
Competing in waves that reached 20 foot (six metres) on the face, de Vries showed supreme skills in manoeuvring his way into, and out of, a massive tube yesterday. Today, in just his third heat at the break, he caught and rode the best waves in his 30 minute encounter to defeat local standout Olamana Eleogram (HAW) as the pair eliminated 2000 ASP World Champion and former Sunset Beach winner CJ Hobgood (USA) along with current No. 18 on the World Rankings, Jadsen Andre (BRA).
"It's pretty much a 55 hour travel here on a plane and costs you pretty much half your budget," said De Vries after his 10 point ride yesterday. "Living here is expensive and you kind of doubt it all, but then you get one wave like that and everything's worth it. It's all worth it, I'm stoked.”
Interviewed after today’s heat victory the Umhlanga resident humbly professed that he didn’t know how he was doing so well and that he was just having fun before going on to say that he was proud to be representing South Africa and thanking his board caddy Jake Patterson (AUS), all his friends back in SA and the water-patrol who were a great confidence booster, particularly in the giant surf yesterday.