It’s ON! HIC Pro at Sunset starts Thursday at 8am. Official qualifier for Vans Triple Crown.

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Maui ripper Ian Walsh © LaSerena Media

HIC Pro  is rolling for day one on the New 3-5′ NNW+NNE. Waves not the best but doable considering the forecast.

ASP Men’s WQS
Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
27 October – 10 November

Hawaii’s pro surfers get their chance on the world stage

Surf News Network, 30 October, 2014: With the penultimate event of the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour wrapping up  in Portugal, Hawaii  became the focus of the surfing world. The ASP men’s and women’s world titles will soon be decided here, but before then two totally different battles will heat up, starting next week at Sunset Beach with the HIC PRO, the Official Qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

The final hunt for critical ASP World Qualifying Series ratings points will aid aspiring hopefuls in their bid to qualify for the World Championship Tour. The opportunity for Hawaii’s pro surfers to secure a slot that in the VTCS and prove themselves on the world stage.

The HIC Pro – October 27 through November 10 – is a 4-star rated event that features a field of 112 surfers and offers a total prize purse of $85,000. More than 50 per cent of the field is comprised of Hawaii surfers (58), as well as athletes from Australia (16), USA Mainland (24), Japan (6), Tahiti (2), France (1) and South America (1), plus 4 wild cards.

The HIC Pro is also an important time for surfers to fine-tune equipment and performances ahead of the famed Hawaiian winter surf season. North Shore’s own Fred Patacchia is the #1 seed for the event, returning home from Portugal in time to begin his winter campaign.

Beyond Patacchia, look for a truly inspired young field of aspirants who are climbing the ranks with an eye on becoming part of Hawaii’s “new order” of professionals. Among them: Kaito Kino (20); Kaulana Apo (16); Kalani David (16); and Kaimana Jaquias (21). Of course, Sunset wouldn’t be Sunset without a handful of seasoned competitors. Among them look for Joel Centeio (31); Evan Valiere (30); Jamie O’Brien (31); Fred Patacchia (32); and Pancho Sullivan (41).

An ASP 4star $85,000 Event Live webcast vans.com/hicpro HONOLULU – (October 21, 2014) — With the penultimate event of the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour wrapping up yesterday in Portugal, Hawaii now becomes the focus of the surfing world. The ASP men’s and women’s world titles will soon be decided here, but before then two totally different battles will heat up, starting next week at Sunset Beach with the HIC PRO, the Official Qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing:

  • The final hunt for critical ASP World Qualifying Series ratings points will aid aspiring hopefuls in their bid to qualify for the World Championship Tour.
  • The opportunity for Hawaii’s pro surfers to secure a slot that in the VTCS and prove themselves on the world stage.

The North Shore of Oahu has enjoyed a series of exciting early ‘winter’ swells in recent weeks, which bodes well for the HIC Pro! Photo credit: La Serena Media

About HIC – Hawaiian Island Creations: Hawaii’s biggest and best selection of surf gear – since 1971 HIC has provided Hawaii with quality surfboards, skateboards, clothing and accessories – by surfers, for surfers. Locally owned and operated, the HIC retail chain includes thirteen stores across Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, plus two in Japan. Through a commitment to quality, service and aloha spirit, the brand has built a reputation as an icon of Hawaiian surfing recognized throughout the world. Enjoy the ride! Official HIC PRO event gear: Available at www.hicsurf.com/

About Vans:

Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear and apparel brand.  Vans collections include authentic footwear, apparel, accessories and snowboard boots that are sold globally in more than 170 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. VF Outdoor, Inc. owns and operates more than 415 stores of the Vans brand in the United States and internationally, each offering a range of Vans footwear and apparel while communicating the brand’s rich heritage. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of musicians, artists and athletes on boards and bikes all over the globe and through progressive events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans Downtown Showdown, the Vans Pool Party, the Vans Warped Tour® and surfing’s most prestigious contest, the Vans US Open of Surfing.

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