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TUESDAY 11.1 SUNSET PRO PWRD BY HIC DAY 2 AT VALS REEF. (FINALS DAY 3 IS OFF. NEXT CALL THURSDAY 8AM)

  • Surfs small again but again the surfers will show us how to adapt…Don’t miss the action. SNN
  • Monday’s Update: Competitors Overpower Opening Day at Sunset Pro presented by HIC
  • Kylen Yamakawa Kicks Off Competition With A Bang
  • Levi Young and Kai Paula Post Excellence In Tough Conditions
  • Top Seeds Begin Making Debuts, Jackson Dorian Mixes It Up In His WSL Debut
Pictured: Honolulu, Oahu’s own Kylen Yamakawa (HAW) dominated his Round of 96 debut in the small conditions. Credit: © WSL / Heff

SUNSET BEACH, Oahu/Hawaii (Monday, October 31, 2022) – The World Surf League (WSL) Sunset Pro presented by HIC, a regional Qualifying Series (QS) 1000 event, got competition underway as two-to-three foot swell began pulsing through Vals Reef of Sunset Beach. Despite small conditions, competitors rose to the occasion and overpowered the waves with commanding performances in their Round of 96 and Round of 64 debuts. With the Round of 96 and Round of 64, Heats 1 – 4, contested in their entirety, remaining top-seeded competitors await their debuts.

Pictured: All aloha from Kylen Yamakawa (HAW) after a terrific showing. Credit: © WSL / Heff

Unfazed by the smaller conditions, Kylen Yamakawa (HAW) unleashed a day’s best performance on his backhand to earn a 14.90 (out of a possible 20) heat total and excellent 8.50 (out of a possible 10). The Honolulu, Oahu competitor was a standout at the first event of the 2022/23 season, the Priority Destinations Pro presented by Mastercard at Ala Moana Bowls, in his hometown and brought that confidence to the North Shore. The 30-year-old kept his approach light-hearted and it seemed to be a winning formula once again.

“The strategy was basically just like surfing a mock heat in the water at our local spot at Kewalos,” said Yamakawa. “So that was the strategy, to just have fun. I told my wife since Ala Moana Bowls went so well and if I can somehow squeak out a result here and qualify for the Challenger Series, then we’ll choose an event or two and make it a family vacation. For us it’s just have fun and if we can get a little travel in, that’s the goal.”

Pictured: Levi Young (HAW) led the Maui charge with a brilliant showing in his Round of 96 debut. Credit: © WSL / Heff

Maui, Hawaii’s Levi Young (HAW) also put on a clinic in his Round of 96 debut, accruing an remarkable 14.65 and 8.25 of his own with a dominant forehand attack. The now 18-year-old witnessed his older brother, Cody, win this event in 2019 and that helped spark ambitions of his own.

“I’m stoked to surf Sunset again, I love this wave,” said Young. “It felt great to get going, I haven’t started a heat like that in awhile and getting my points up early feels good. Seeing my brother (Cody) win this was so sick and I want to do it one day. I’m stoked to be in this event and give it a go.”

Pictured: Emerging threat Kai Paula (HAW) showcased an array of what’s possible in tough conditions. Credit: © WSL / Heff

Young’s fellow Maui, rising talent Kai Paula (HAW) found his footing in a brilliant debut to earn an excellent 8.00 and move into the top-seeded Round of 64. Paula earned an equal 33rd at this event the last time it ran in 2020 and will be looking to better that after a tough start to his 2022/23 QS season at the Priority Destinations Pro presented by Mastercard.

“It felt really good to put a jersey on again and get right into a good rhythm,” said Paula. “I love coming to the North Shore to compete and I’m excited to make it happen, and get a result. This year I’ve been working on some filming, and I also want to get on the Challenger Series.”

Pictured: Jackson Dorian (HAW) capitalized in his WSL debut with two heat wins. Credit: © WSL / Heff

The Hawaii/Tahiti Nui region is stacked with teenage talent and Jackson Dorian (HAW) added his name to that list in his WSL debut. Noted as one to watch as he grew under the influence of his father, former Championship Tour (CT) competitor and surfing icon Shane Dorian, the 16-year-old utilized his dynamic forehand to win both his Round of 96 and 64 heats. Both Dorian and Isaiah Moniz (HAW) eliminated top-seeded surfers Koa Smith (HAW) and Eala Stewart (HAW) to mark the first big upset of competition.

“It was good (to win both those heats), I was super nervous after a scary start in the last heat but got two good ones in the end,” said Dorian. “This kind of feels like Big Island right now, it’s smaller and fun little rights which is my favorite. I have the size advantage and it feels like home so I’m comfortable.”

Pictured: Luke Tema (HAW) found his rhythm to post an impressive 13.15 heat total. Credit: © WSL / Heff

Robert Grilho (HAW) added to that list of upsets by helping eliminate 2019 event victor Cody Young (HAW) as Luke Tema (HAW) and MaiKai Burdine (HAW) notched big Round of 64 wins.

Also, putting on an impressive showcase with a big heat win, Philippe Chagas (BRA) garnered a 13.15 heat total as Kala Willard (HAW), Alex Smith (HAW), Makai McNamara (HAW), Jae Wood (HAW), Gregg Nakamura (HAW), Kainaru Kato (HAW), Liam Wilson (HAW), and Sage Tutterow (HAW).

The event is also supported by the Hawaii Youth Surfing Development Organization (HYSDO), a local nonprofit working to support Hawaii’s next generation through career and competitive development, in and out of the water.

Event organizers will reconvene to make a 7:00 a.m. HST call for a possible 8:00 a.m. HST start.

The Sunset Pro presented by HIC will run on the best three days of the event window beginning October 28 – November 6.

For more information, please visit www.WorldSurfLeague.com.

About the WSL 
Established in 1976, the World Surf League (WSL) is the home of the world’s best surfing.A global sports, media and entertainment company, the WSL oversees international tours and competitions, a studios division creating over 500+ hours of live and on-demand content, and via affiliate WaveCo, the home of the world’s largest high performance, human-made wave. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, the WSL has regional offices in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA.The WSL annually crowns the men’s and women’s surfing World Champions. The global Tours and Competition division oversees and operates more than 180 global contests each year across the Championship Tour, the development tiers, including the Challenger, Qualifying and Junior Series, as well as longboard and big wave properties.Launched in 2019, WSL Studios is an independent producer of unscripted television projects, including documentaries and series, which provide unprecedented access to athletes, events, and locations around the world. WSL events and content are distributed on linear television in over 743M+ homes worldwide and across digital and social media platforms around the world, including WorldSurfLeague.com.WaveCo includes the Surf Ranch Lemoore facility and the utilizing and licensing of the Kelly Slater Wave System.The WSL is dedicated to changing the world through the inspirational power of surfing by creating authentic events, experiences, and storytelling to inspire a growing, global community to live with purpose, originality, and stoke.For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.About HIC
Founded in 1971 by brothers Stephen and Jimmy Tsukayama, Hawaiian Island Creations started as a small surf shop in Kailua, on Oahu’s Windward shore.
Fifty years and thousands of surfboards later, HIC is recognized by surfers across the globe as an icon of Hawaiian surfing. Through a commitment to quality, service and aloha spirit the company has grown to include seventeen stores across Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island. Enjoy the ride!

 

EARLIER UPDATE

Sunset Pro presented by HIC Opening Day IS ON! Start 8am. Men’s only today at Vals Reef.

Gorgeous Tradewind Day… just need more size. Surfers making the most of Mother Nature…and praying for surf.

Note: Forecast broke down for final days of the holding period, but a small swell is coming Friday Nov 4th into Sat. Nov 5 and fading Nov 6. SNN

Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Competitors Ready For Sunset Pro presented by HIC

Event Window for this Regional QS 1000 Opens beginning October 28 – November 6

Current Hawaii/Tahiti Nui No. 2 Jackson Bunch Looks for Another Big Result

Emerging Threat Erin Brooks Sets Eyes on Breakthrough Season

Former Event Victors, 2022 Championship Tour Rookies Locked In

Event organizers will make a 7:00 a.m. call for a possible 8:00 a.m. HST start

Pictured: Hawaii/Tahiti Nui contingent and event organizers await Sunset Beach to come alive for opening day action. Credit: © WSL / Heff

SUNSET BEACH, Oahu/Hawaii (Thursday, October 27, 2022) – The World Surf League (WSL) Hawaii/Tahiti Nui region’s premier competitors are standing by for opening day at the Sunset Pro presented by HIC, a regional Qualifying Series (QS) 1000. This event provides a crucial opportunity for Challenger Series (CS) qualification as those looking to build upon big results from the Priority Destinations Pro presented by Mastercard hope to keep competitors in search of turning their respective seasons around at bay.

This marks the third stop for women’s regional competitors, including the co-sanctioned Nissan Super Girl Pro, as competitors reset from the beaches of Oceanside, California to the world-renowned wave of Sunset Beach.

For competitors such as Hawaii/Tahiti Nui regional athlete Erin Brooks (CAN), this marks a big opportunity to retain her footing in the region as she currently sits at No. 5 on the rankings. The 15-year-old has already cemented herself as one of the top emerging women of her generation and hopes to bring that ability to the jersey. (Full interview in video above)

“I’m so stoked to have another event in Hawaii and Sunset has so much history,” said Brooks. “I’ve been training and getting my breath holds because Sunset is a deep water, big wave, and also getting my legs strong to turn those bigger boards. This year was the first year I’ve done more QS events and it’s been really fun.”

Brooks will have to overcome the likes of North Shore powerhouse Moana Jones Wong (HAW), current No. 2 Puamakamae Desoto (HAW),  and 2022 Championship Tour (CT) Rookie of the Year Gabriela Bryan (HAW) among many more rising talents looking to make their mark.

The men’s side of competition includes a heavily-stacked field featuring 2022 CT wildcard-turned-Top 10 threat Barron Mamiya (HAW), reigning event victor Billy Kemper (HAW), 2019 victor Cody Young (HAW), current Hawaii/Tahiti No. 1 Eli Hanneman (HAW), and emerging talent Jackson Bunch (HAW).

Bunch, who earned runner-up behind Hanneman at the Priority Destinations Pro, comes into this event with ambitions of trying to stay within Challenger Series qualification by season’s end.

The 18-year-old has proven his backhand in waves of consequence, but must now do so in the jersey at Sunset Beach. (Full interview in video above)

“Starting off the year with a second definitely helps with getting on these Challenger (Series events),” said Bunch. “I had a rough couple years with contests just with COVID happening and everything, but now I feel more ready and I’m excited for Sunset. I really like Sunset, it’s a challenging wave and it has so much that it offers. You can do big snaps, get barreled, you can almost do anything out there.”

Pictured: Reigning Sunset Pro QS victor Billy Kemper (HAW) will look for a big result to get valuable points toward his season. Credit: WSL/ Chlala

Also in the men’s draw, former CT competitor and victor at Sunset Beach, Dusty Payne (HAW) joins 2022 CT Hurly Pro Sunset wildcard Koa Smith (HAW), North Shore standout Joshua Moniz (HAW), and a plethora of hungry surfers looking for valuable points.

The event is also supported by the Hawaii Youth Surfing Development Organization (HYSDO), a local nonprofit working to support Hawaii’s next generation through career and competitive development, in and out of the water.

Event organizers will make a 7:00 a.m. HST call for a possible 8:00 a.m. HST start.

The Sunset Pro presented by HIC will run on the best three days of the event window beginning October 28 – November 6.

For more information, please visit www.WorldSurfLeague.com.

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