Sunset Beach: Day 3 action wrap-up
Vans World Cup of Surfing
ASP Prime Men's event
Sunset Beach Oahu, Hawaii
25 November - 6 December 2012
Day Three action wrap-up
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 December, 2012 : - - Honolulu -- John John Florence, defending champion of the VANS World Cup of Surfing and the VANS Triple Crown series title, posted the highest heat score of the event at Sunset Beach on Monday. Florence, hit the water immediately after Kelly Slater returned to the beach with a heat win, thinking he was the top scorer of the event: 17.04 points. As Slater sat in the VANS LIVE interview chair, he watched the tables turn right in front of his eyes.
Florence had reason to be motivated in the 10-foot surf finding himself out with fellow Sunset surfer Billy Kemper, younger brother Nathan Florence, and VANS Triple Crown contender Fred Patacchia. Kemper opened with a perfect 10 wave score after a couple of high risk lip gouges. John John answered back with a succession of deep, carving rides. He eventually took the win with Kemper second, Patacchia third, and Nathan Florence fourth.
Patacchia's loss likely takes him out of contention for the VANS Triple Crown series title after his top-4 finish at Haleiwa. Florence's main competition for the Triple Crown title is Haleiwa winner Sebastien Zietz, finalist Alejo Muniz, and Sunny Garcia, all of whom advanced Monday.
While Slater isn't in contention for the 30th Anniversary Triple Crown title, a solid crowd turned out to see him back in action at Sunset Beach today. Riding a board a good 12 inches or more shorter than anyone else, he looked fast and light as he carved up the lineup, even finding a rare, clean 3-second barrel on the inside.
The Australian contingent was hit hard at Sunset today; of the 16 who competed today, only half survived. Among them were Kieren Perrow, Perth Standlick, Julian Wilson, and Jay Thompson. Thirty-two surfers remained, and organizers expect to push ahead with the finals on Tuesday.
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Author: The Editors
Tags: Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Sunset Beach, Adam Melling