Sunset Beach: Day One action wrap-up
Vans World Cup of Surfing
ASP Prime Men's event
Sunset Beach Oahu, Hawaii
25 November - 6 December 2012
Video & Slideshow: Action from Day One of competition
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 November, 2012 : - - The Vans World Cup of Surfing hit the waves at Sunset Beach today in a new double-overhead swell. At this size, Sunset can be even more challenging than on the giant, life-threatening days, and a 30-minute heat can dissolve faster than salt in water. Early casualties were claimed by the shifty lineup; surfers who found themselves short on a back-up ride and out of time: Dane Reynolds, Aritz Aranburu, and Stu Kennedy were among them.
It was the kind of day that lends itself to local knowledge and a long history with the break. Among those who fit that bill were Sunset local Pancho Sullivan - the day's high scorer, Australians Tom Whitaker and Nathan Hedge, and Maui's Ian Walsh and Ian Gentil.
Despite having dashed his hopes at a Triple Crown win back at the REEF Hawaiian Pro, Walsh says he's here to win and to keep climbing the ladder that will hopefully lead to a Vans Triple Crown title one day.
Nathan Hedge (AUS), on a comeback and looking for valuable seed points for 2013, reveled in the conditions today. "I really love Sunset Beach, it's always the last event on the (qualifying tour) so it's a lot of high drama and emotions and ratings points at stake so it always creates for an epic environment.
The last word on the day came from Pancho Sullivan, who has powered to five wins here at his home break of Sunset Beach, but won't go home happy until he can put a Vans World Cup on his mantlepiece. This is the one win that has eluded him for more than a decade.
When competition resumes it will be with the Round of 96. Tuesday's swell was definitely on the decline and it may be a day or two before the event moves ahead. When it does, the talent will include Tanner & Dane Gudauskas, Jamie O'Brien, Gabe Kling, Jack Freestone, Mark Occhilupo, Nat Young, and Joan Duru.
In celebration of 30 years of world class surfing, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater offers $1million in prize money this year, including a $100,000 bonus, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a $10,000 custom Nixon watch for the overall series champion. Each of the three events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has a two-week holding period within which to run, requiring just 3-4 days of excellent surf to be completed.
The events are broadcast live on Oceanic Time Warner Cable around Hawaii on channels 250 & 1250HD; in Los Angeles on channel 101*; in San Diego on channel 411*; and in Desert Cities on channel 111*. *partial live coverage, subject to pre-emption for local CIF prep sports playoffs. To stay on Oahu's North Shore and witness the action in person, special rates are available at Turtle Bay Resort.
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is made possible with the support of: vitaminwater; Nixon; Skullcandy; GoPro; Turtle Bay Resort; Clif Bar; Mauli Ola Foundation; wavejet; the Association of Surfing Professionals; JN Automotive Group; Hawaii Tourism Authority; Oahu Visitors Bureau; Surfline.com; Surfing Magazine; Hawaiian Airlines; truth®; Oceanic Time Warner Cable.
Author: The Editors
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