|Pictured: Levi Young (HAW) notched another win to continue the youth’s surge on opening day. Credit: © WSL / Keoki
The day had its share of surprise eliminations as up-and-coming talents such as Levi Young (HAW) stormed through the Round of 96. Young’s forehand attack kept pace with one of his idols Eli Olson (HAW) and ultimately helped eliminate the North Shore standout, joined by fellow newcomer Rylan Beavers (HAW).
“(It) was a good break to get better and so stoked to be back,” said Young. “I’m sure it would have been different if it was 10-foot and barreling, (Eli Olson’s) such an insane surfer and I’ve always looked up to those guys my whole life. Just to get in a heat with them is awesome, I’m only 17 and I’ve watched them surf this wave so I’m just excited to get this opportunity.”
The youth continued to perform as Kainehe Hunt (HAW), 19, surged over former Championship Tour (CT) competitor Dusty Payne (HAW), also advancing, as Haleiwa standout Shion Crawford (HAW), Shiloh Tennberg (HAW), Kaiser Auberlen (DEU), and Diesel Storm Butts (HAW) made their way into the Round 64 with heat wins as next generation competitors.
Event organizers will reconvene to make a 7:00 a.m. HST call for a probable 8:00 a.m. HST start.
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The 2021 HIC Pipe Pro QS 1,000 will run December 8 – 20 at Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii.