Sebastian Zietz wins 2013 World Tour spot at Haleiwa
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
Reef Hawaiian Pro
ASP Prime Event
Alii Beach Haleiwa, Oahu
12 - 24 November 2012
Sebastian Zietz wins at Haleiwa and qualifies for 2013 World Tour
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 November, 2012 : - - Sebastian Zietz, 24, posted the first major win of his pro surfing career at the Reef Hawaiian Pro today to qualify for the 2013 elite ASP World Tour. Taking out John John Florence, Sunny Garcia, Julian Wilson and Alejo Muniz along the way, Zietz now leads the 30th anniversary Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series ratings. Zietz built incredible momentum through the rounds today and had won a good share of the 4,000-strong crowd by the time he secured a berth in the final against Florence, Fred Patacchia, and Muniz.
With the rest of the fan base backing defending Vans Triple Crown champ Florence, it was game on for the final and Zietz was determined not to let it slip. He had his challengers on the ropes 20 minutes into the 35-minute final. Florence came back with a late charge that included a near-perfect 9.2-point ride with a reverse 360 air, only to see Zietz answer back with a 9.43. Their spirited exchange of tail-throwing turns and power gouges lit up the beach. The final scoreline had Zietz on 17.76 points out of 20; Florence - 14.7; Fred Patacchia - 13.5; and Muniz - 8.7.
'Whoever I drew it didn't matter,
I was just in a heat against myself'
"Coming into Hawaii I was definitely feeling confident, feeling really confident in my boards," said Zietz. "And you know, I've had a few injuries over the years, and they're all healed up so I just believed in myself and I'm super stoked. I kept my head down and whoever I drew it didn't matter, I was just in a heat against myself."
Zietz has a start in the upcoming Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach and will need to be in contention for the Vans Triple Crown title by its end to surf in the third stage at Pipeline. "Coming into it I was definitely thinking I wanted to qualify (for the 2013 tour) but I never would have imagined I'd be in the running for the Triple Crown. Sunset's a tricky one for me. I've never really done good there, but I've never done too well at Haleiwa either, so hopefully this could be my year. If I get into Pipe, I'll be super ecstatic, I love surfing contests there."
In the semi-finals, Florence posted a win in the highest scoring heat of the entire event against Muniz and Australian pair Bede Durbidge and Tom Whitaker. The final score line showed 18 points for Florence; 17.7 for Muniz; 17.27 for Durbidge; and 12.17 for Tom Whitaker. While he might have peaked one heat too early, Florence knows he has positioned himself right where he needs to be to defend his Triple Crown title. On being in position to defend his Vans Triple Crown title: "You know, the extra money is always good, you're really stoked on that, but I think the prestige of actually winning the Triple Crown is really the main thing."
Equal fifth place overall for 2007 Vans Triple Crown champion Durbidge was at once satisfying and painful. His semi-final heat score of 17.27 points would have won him any other heat in the event excluding that one and the final, but wasn't enough to get him through. He needed a strong showing here in his bid to re-qualify for the 2013 World Tour and is now in a great position to do just that. Based on past performances at Sunset, the likelihood that he will requalify is very high.
Also equal fifth today, and still in contention for the Triple Crown title, is 6X champion Sunny Garcia (HAW), 42. Garcia was eliminated by Zietz and Patacchia in a heated semi-final match-up.
Competition now shifts 7 miles north to Sunset Beach for the Vans World Cup of Surfing (Nov. 25-Dec. 6) - stop #2 of the series.
Surfers listed in order of 1st through 4th
1st - Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 17.76pts - $40,000
2nd - John John Florence (HAW) 14.70pts - $20,000
3rd - Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 13.50pts - $12,000
4th - Alejo Muniz (BRA) 8.70pts - $10,000
Semi Final (3rd place =5th overall; 4th place =7th overall)
H1 : Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 15.43pts ; Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.03pts ; Sunny Garcia (HAW) 11.36pts ; Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.07pts
H2 : John John Florence (HAW) 18.00pts ; Alejo Muniz (BRA) 17.70pts ; Bede Durbidge (AUS) 17.27pts ; Tom Whitaker (AUS) 12.17pts
H1 : Sebastien Zietz (HAW) 14.90pts ; Sunny Garcia (HAW) 13.10pts ; Jeremy Flores (FRA) 12.87pts ; Brett Simpson (USA) 12.50pts
H2 : Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 11.17pts ; Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.16pts ; Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 9.07pts ; Cory Lopez (USA) 6.20pts
H3 : John John Florence (HAW) 16.87pts ; Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.27pts ; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 12.13pts ; Jadson Andre (BRA) 2.80pts
H4 : Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.40pts ; Tom Whitaker (AUS) 11.10pts ; Perth Standlick (AUS) 9.20pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 8.10pts
Round of 32
H3 : Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.17pts ; Sunny Garcia (HAW) 15.33pts ; Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.93pts ; CJ Hobgood (USA) 10.26pts
H4 : Cory Lopez (USA) 10.66pts ; Brett Simpson (USA) 6.94pts ; Kelly Slater (USA) 6.80pts ; Patrick Gudauskas 2.50pts
H5 : John John Florence (HAW) 16.77pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 14.77pts ; Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 7.74pts ; Dane Reynolds (USA) 1.10pts
H6 : Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.16pts ; Tom Whitaker (AUS) 11.00pts ; Willian Cardoso (BRA) 8.40pts ; Nathan Hedge (AUS) 4.34pts
H7 : Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.70pts ; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.73pts ; Keanu Asing (HAW) 10.17pts ; Evan Valiere (HAW) 8.10pts
H8 : Perth Standlick (AUS) 11.87pts ; Jadson Andre (BRA) 11.60pts ; Gabriel Medina (BRA) 10.67pts ; Gavin Gillette (HAW) 2.67pts
Check the Full Coverage
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# 3 : Good surf for Reef Hawaiian Pro kick-off
# 4 : Pumping Haleiwa for Reef Hawaiian Pro
# 5 : Top seeds fire at Reef Hawaiian Pro
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Author: The Editors
Tags: Reef Hawaiian Pro, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing