Haleiwa, Oahu/HAWAII — (Saturday, November 16, 2019) – The Hawaiian Pro fired back into action this morning with multiple athletes unleashing powerful performances to rival Haleiwa’s menacing conditions. Day 2 of the World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 saw the swell increase through the afternoon with power surfers emerging to post the best scores of the event; Beyrick De Vries (ZAF), O’Neill Massin (PYF), Billy Kemper (HAW) and Ethan Ewing (AUS) all scored near-perfect rides to imprint their names in Haleiwa history.
Contest organizers made a great call earlier this morning by putting the competition on standby and like clockwork, Haleiwa completely turned on by 11:00am. Waves up to 15ft. pumped through the lineup as the infamous current made for a physically-demanding day of high-performance surfing.
The first excellent score, a 9.40, came from Kemper as he set the benchmark for the day with high-energy surfing. Committed turns and critical finishes saw him take a commanding lead to close out Round 1 with a heat total of 17.73. With style and power reminiscent of Sunny Garcia, Kemper is dead-set on a Vans Triple Crown title and looking to the most successful Champion of the heritage series – Garcia, who holds an unmatched six titles – as inspiration.