Haleiwa, Oahu/HAWAII — (Monday, November 25, 2019) — Local and international contenders frothed as a clean west swell delivered polished conditions to Sunset Beach for opening day of the Vans World Cup of Surfing, the final event of the World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) and second jewel of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Just yesterday, the same swell crowned Frederico Morais (PRT) winner of the 2019 Hawaiian Pro seven miles down the road at Haleiwa Ali’i Beach, and although he now has the edge on the Vans Triple Crown title race, every surfer in the formidable 128-man field is also eager to wear the honor.
Former Championship Tour (CT) surfer and new dad, Patrick Gudauskas (USA) picked up one of the best scores of the morning, an 8.17 for two big swooping carves and a powerful turn off the top on a set wave. Although Gudauskas earned the highest single wave of the heat, Callum Robson (AUS) took the win by .20 of a point for an impressive performance in his first Vans World Cup appearance.
Last week during the Hawaiian Pro, Gudauskas’ brother, Tanner Gudauskas (USA) announced his plans to focus on freesurfing, making this Vans World Cup a special moment in his career as he hangs up the jersey for now. Tanner entered the event as an alternate and although his run ended today, he posted a strong 6.93 that showed immense talent and an exciting future.