Sunny Garcia © Bernie Baker
Vets Garcia & Sullivan go strong along with upstarts Colt Ward & Makana Eleogram
Surf News, Monday November 5, High seeds entered the draw at the HIC Pro presented by Vans, and solid 8-10 foot Sunset surf guaranteed a heavy workout for all, and hard fought wins for just a few.
Among the standout campaigners today were Jake Davis (Capistrano Beach, CA); Makana Eleogram (Hana, Maui); Kalani Chapman (North Shore); Sunny Garcia (North Shore); and Pancho Sullivan (North Shore). Surprise eliminations included that of former HIC Pro champion Billy Kemper (Maui); Takayuki Wakita (Japan); and New York's Balaram Stack.
ASP 4 Star WQS Mens Event
Sunset Beach, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
29 October - 10 November 2012
Kalani Chapman rode one of the most memorable waves today - a solid 10-footer that featured two giant backhand snaps and a free-fall into the tube that he successfully exited from.
"I thought, 'oh my god, I'm in the perfect spot'," said Chapman. "I dropped in, I was riding the wave and it started to build coming into the inside bowl. I got a couple of turns off and the wave doubled up on the inside and gave me a chance to get barreled, so I took it. It ended up working out. It was a cool ride. It definitely felt critical.
"You can get the waves of your life out here but it can also make you feel like you're going to die."
Colt Ward © Bernie Baker
One man who's hard to ignore this time of year is Sunny Garcia. A six-time Vans Triple Crown champion and a guaranteed powerhouse at Sunset Beach, Garcia's eyes are always on a win. Now a resident of California, Garcia is using the HIC Pro to sharpen his game heading into the Triple Crown, which begins next week. He found today's conditions and level of competition to be brutal but advanced with a win, nonetheless.
"Sunset's a big wave that has a lot of water moving, it's a wave that will humble the best surfers in the world," said Garcia. "This is a good event to get ready for Triple Crown, work the bugs out. There are really good kids surfing here... and good surfers always want to win. I want to win. I didn't come to lose. It's a good warmup but I'm definitely not here to lose."
Two days of competition remain before the HIC Pro presented by Vans wraps up. There will be no competition tomorrow - Election Day - and organizers will return Wednesday morning to assess conditions. The event has until the end of Saturday, November 10, to wrap up. With plenty of swell in the forecast, it promises to be a memorable finish.
Jake Davis © Bernie Baker
Remainder of ROUND 2 Heats:
H9: Love Hodel; Hunter Lysaught (USA); Moreda Alejandro (PRI); Ulualoha Napeahi
H10: Kahea Hart; Jonah Morgan; Ian Walsh; Joe Tanaka (JPN)
H11: Marcus Hickman; Ezra Sitt; Dylan Kowalski (USA); Takayuki Wakita (JPN)
H12: Kalani Chapman; Makuakai Rothman; TJ Barron; Taishi Kawabata (JPN)
H13: Jake Halstead (USA); Brady Ruysschaert (USA); Keoni Nozaki; Colt Ward (USA)
H14: Nathan Carvalho; Ian Simmons (USA); Liam McNamara; Cheyne Willis
H15: Flynn Novak; Jake Davis (USA); Kawai Lindo; Kylen Yamakawa
H16: Sunny Garcia; Robert Patterson; Gai Sato (JPN); Colton Sarlo (USA)
H1: Tanner Hendrickson; Makana Eleogram; Taylor Clark (USA); Saxon Lumsden (AUS)
H2: Eala Stewart; Isaiah Moniz; Ian Crane (USA); Solomon Ortiz
H3: Myles Padaca; Alex Smith; Koa Rothman; Luke Shepardson
H4: Pancho Sullivan; Ian Gentil; Kamalei Alexander; Makai McNamara
H5: Dylan Goodale; Charlie Carroll; Tonino Benson; Enrique Ariitu
H6: Mikey Bruneau; Keala Naihe; Johnny Noris (USA); Skip McCullough (USA)
H7: Tyler Newton; Nathan Florence; Leandro Usuna (ARG); Chris Foster
H8: Gregg Nakamura; Kenta Hayashi (JPN); Billy Kemper; Danny Fuller
H9: Love Hodel; Soli Bailey; Balaram Stack (NY); Jonah Morgan
H10: Kahea Hart; Shane Beschen; Dege O'Connell; Hunter Lysaught (USA)
H11: Roy Powers; Marcus Hickman; Gavin Gillette; Makuakai Rothman
Heats 9 through 16 will be held tomorrow morning
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