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DAY 3 is ON for Friday + Day 2 Recap of HIC Pro with Tahitian teen Keoni Yan

Aspiring talent is easily lost in the sea of highly publicized international surfing stars and world title events these days. But it's qualifying competitions like the HIC Pro, currently underway at Sunset Beach, that are both the bread and butter of those working to climb the ranks, and rare opportunities to learn to perform at world famous venues like this. It was an opportunity that Tahitian teenager Keoni Yan, 18, seized with both hands today.

   

Catching up with JJF

  

John John Florence’s title hopes were dashed early in the season, but that hasn’t stopped him from being one of the most celebrated surfers on tour this year, beginning with his performance at Fiji.

John John Florence has been one of the most intriguing additions to the ASP World Tour in decades. In 2012, his first full season competing at the elite level, the 19-year-old Hawaiian came within striking distance of the world title. Not surprisingly, he was expected to be in the hunt this year, but an early season injury at the Quiksilver Pro put an immediate end to those plans.

   

Laird Hamilton calls into question Burle's beast

Carlos Burle (left) on October 28, 2013 next to Garrett McNamara's ride from 2012
(Garret withdrew his entry from the Billabong XXL that year.) © To Mane

While the world cries 'biggest wave ever ridden' Laird pauses, offers insight

30 October, 2013 :  Laird Hamilton recently talked to CNN about Carlos Burle's monster wave caught at Nazare on October 28. In the interview Hamilton calls into question whether Burle can claim the biggest wave title on a wave he did not complete - Burle made the drop to the bottom and was doing fine but got mowed down a short while later by an immense wall of whitewater.

"First of all, to set a world record you need to make the wave," said Hamilton. "I believe Carlos did not make the wave."

   

Sunset Beach lights up for HIC Pro launch

Ian Walsh © LaSerena Media

Maui's Ian Walsh sets the standard at HIC Pro

Surf News, 29 October, 2013 : Maui's Ian Walsh, 30, scored his first - and last - professional surfing victory here at Sunset Beach eight years ago. Since then, a focus on riding giant waves has consumed much of his attention, making him one of the sport's least decorated but most recognized athletes in the world.

Today, back at Sunset Beach, a near-perfect opening performance at the HIC PRO, presented by Vans, showed he is clearly one of the most talented surfers to ever emerge from Hawaii. But three more days of competition and close to 100 surfers still stand between him and victory.

   

Nazaré in Portugal could host the new world record

Nazaré North Canyon © Hélio Valentim

Portuguese spot delivers one of the biggest swells in memory

29 October: Portugal's Nazaré North Canyon came to life on October 28th with a giant swell and an international roster of tow teams. Carlos Burle, Sylvio Mancusi, Rodrigo Koxa, Maya Gabeira, Felipe "Gordo" Cesarano, Hugo Vau, Eric Rebiere, Pedro Scooby, Andrew Cotton and Garrett McNamara all took turns whipping into some of the largest waves seen to date at the famed spot.

World record holder Garret McNamara opted to drive the ski instead of drop in, citing that he just didn't feel safe enough. Standouts Carlos Burle, Maya Gabeira & Andrew Cotton caught monsters that day while Maya Gabeira went on to barely survived a horrific wipeout.

   

HIC PRO is ON for Tuesday with 6' NW at Sunset! Score Day One.

 

Sunset Beach turned on the world class wave spigot today and is set to pump out solid surf for the remainder of the week, potentially seeing the $95,000 HIC PRO, presented by Vans, run to a finish in four successive days, starting tomorrow and crowning a champion on Friday. The gateway to the North Shore's world famous winter surf season, the HIC PRO is particularly important for local Hawaii surfers - who comprise the majority of the field - as it is a local qualifier for the upcoming Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (November 12 to December 20).

   

MAYA GABEIRA IN BIG WAVE ACCIDENT

 

Maya’s accident occurred by 7:15am when she took off on one of the biggest waves she’s ever ridden, had a heavy wipe out and was submerged for a several minutes in huge stormy seas. It was a very serious situation as an attempt was made to rescue her but her limp body was dragged from the surf after she became unconscious. Maya was given emergency CPR and rushed to a Leiria hospital. It’s been confirmed that she’s stable and recovering in hospital.

   

Monday Maui Madness with Ian Walsh - just because he can

 

Ian Walsh Surfing Jaws On An Inflatable Hot Dog

Okay, maybe “surfing” isn’t the best choice of words, perhaps “eating shit” would have been better. Regardless, it takes some serious cojones to get whipped into a 20-foot wave at Jaws on a toy meant for spring break on Lake Havasu…

Explained: Surfing Jaws on an Inflatable Hot Dog
Straight from the horse’s mouth, Ian Walsh explains last years infamous session at Jaws:

   

Kai Lenny is a beast - Inside the young phenom's daily training routine

World champion paddleboarder Kai Lenny shares his fitness routine

You'll be amazed by how many activities this 21-year-old phenom squeezes in every day.

A four-time standup paddling world champion and the 2013 standup paddle race world champion, 21-year-old Lenny has been making a name for himself as a true Hawaiian waterman for years. With accolades in big-wave surfing, standup paddling, windsurfing, and kitesurfing, Lenny spends the bulk of his time in action—

   

The 31st Annual VANS TRIPLE CROWN OF SURFING kicked off its holding period Tuesday the 12th: the first jewel the REEF Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa

 

All eyes now turn to The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater® - the world's premier series of professional surfing events that will culminate with a 2-man battle between Kelly Slater (USA) and Mick Fanning (AUS) for the 2013 men's ASP World Title. From November 12 through December 20, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, $960,000 in prize money and a number of highly coveted titles will be offered across three ASP sanctioned events, including the  Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series champion:

   

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