Reef Hawaiian Pro Day 3: Watch the wrap-up
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
Reef Hawaiian Pro
ASP Prime Event
Alii Beach Haleiwa, Oahu
12 - 24 November 2012
Reef Hawaiian Pro Day 2 wrap-up
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 November, 2012 : - - Honolulu - The big guns entered the draw at the Reef Hawaiian Pro on Saturday. Clean and contestable 4-foot surf opened up the door for the full spectrum of maneuvers from tube rides to aerials. With four surfers in the water at any given time, the judges had their work cut out for them: A total of 1,053 individual rides were scored Saturday. The entrance of Kelly Slater, John Florence, Gabriel Medina, Michel Bourez, CJ Hobgood, and Bede Durbidge took the intensity up a notch.
Slater drew the biggest crowd, paired up against Sunny Garcia, Alex Smith, and Jesse Mendes. Garcia offered up a spirited contest from the outset, locking in a clean tube-ride that shot a message to long-time rival Slater that the game was on. Slater's trump card was his aerials, while Garcia focused his energy on securing the biggest waves that better suited his power gouging approach.
Garcia was doing double time again Saturday, switching between the main event and the final heat of the exhibition Reef Clash of the Legends against Kaipo Jaquias, Mark Occhilupo, and Tom Curren. Garcia eventually won the Clash for a bonus $10,000. Despite the nostalgic glory of winning the Legends, it's safe to say that Garcia's real focus today was on proving his place in the lineup against Slater. Including Saturday, the pair have faced off 16 times during their careers - Slater holding the upper hand with 11 wins.
Gabriel Medina surfed the last heat of the round of 96 and flew through a dizzying display of aerials to post an event-high heat score of 17 points out of a possible 20. Inspired by Dane Reynolds' layback hack of Friday - a single move that reverberated through cyber-space - John John Florence arrived for his opening heat Saturday. He went on to post the top single wave score of the round - 9.4 - with an outrageous air that rockets him into contention for the Hawaii Air Show award: 250,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles for the best aerial of the Triple Crown.
Reynolds marched on in solid form again Saturday, as did Keanu Asing, Nathan Hedge, and Tom Whitaker. The first two heats of the Round of 32 were held before day's end and resulted in the elimination of Nat Young, Dege O'Connell, Aritz Aranburu and Alain Riou.
Organizers will reassess the conditions at first light Sunday morning for a possible final day of action.
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Author: The Editors/Oceanpromotions
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