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Battle for the Big Leagues – The Qualification Shuffle for 2014
Surf News, 2 December, 2013. North Shore, Oahu Hawaii - With the culmination of the ASP Prime Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach yesterday, won by Hawaiian power broker Ezekiel Lau, the 2013 ASP Qualification Series has come to a close. However, the battle for the coveted elite ASP Top 34 spots for 2014 rages on with the final event of the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) season, the Billabong Pipeline Masters, playing the final role in the decisions.
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The Billabong Pipe Masters is the quintessential event in professional surfing and Pipeline is the Holy Grail of waves by which all others are measured. The third and final jewel in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Pipe Masters is one of the longest running events in professional surfing, even pre-dating the Triple Crown by more than a decade.
Hawaii's own Ezekiel Lau, 20, posted the largest victory of his young career today by winning the prestigious 39th annual VANS World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach - the second stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater®. Lau's win earned him $40,000 and sees him close the year at 35th position on the ASP world rankings. While that doesn't qualify him for next year's elite World Championship Tour, it does guarantee him an excellent seed. He also holds a shared lead on the coveted Vans Triple Crown series rankings with Michel Bourez (Tahiti) heading into the third and final event of the series - the Billabong Pipe Masters, where he is a local wildard entry.
South Africa's Beyrick De Vries, 20, will be riding high for days after living a moment of perfection at Sunset Beach during the Vans World Cup of Surfing today. In a late afternoon heat, on a triple overhead wave, De Vries scored the event's only perfect 10 to date for a huge, deep tube ride that has been tagged the best barrel ever surfed on Sunset's west peak during competition. The surf was absolutely perfect for most of the day, peaking with wave face heights of up to 25 feet and light offshore winds.
HONOLULU - (Friday, Nov. 29, 2013) -- A macking NW swell with wave face heights of up to 20 feet on the inside has set an intimidating stage for the VANS World Cup of Surfing today. At the upper limit of its range, Sunset Beach is one of the most challenging waves on the planet. It will surely be daunting for the younger set of competitors who will hit the water this-morning, including 16-year-olds Kalani David & Seth Moniz (Hawaii), and 19-year-old Cooper Chapman (Australia). Competition is underway at 8am, with the peak of the swell due late morning. GO HERE
Sunset Beach is one of the most famous big wave surfing spots on the North Shore of Oahu. Between the 1950s and the 1980s, it was considered the ultimate test and the most important surf beach in the world.
Australia's Cooper Chapman & Hawaii's Seth Moniz Inspirational youth.
"There are so many good waves, I just got into a rhythm," said Seth. "I got my first (score of) six and then I just kept moving up from there. It's fun. "I've been surfing this break since I was 10, and this is such a great event to do. I love it when it's just fun and playful. My dad knows a lot about these breaks so he shares with us. It's good to have him around, he just knows what boards to ride." Get the whole scoops inside.
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