Pivotal Points on the Line at The Hawaiian Islands HIC Haleiwa Pro

  • SNN: NW SWELL IS 15-20+. It will be declining to 8-12+ Saturday and 4-6’+ Sunday; plenty swell to get underway on day 1 of the 3-day event! Stay tuned for the official call. We will update you here and on 808-596-SURF. Mahalo.
  • Haleiwa’s Own Crawford Looks for More at Home
  • Liotta’s Best-Career Season Takes Her to Haleiwa
  • Moniz and More Look To Capitalize Near Home
Pictured: The proving ground of Haleiwa awaits the opening horn beginning November 26 – December 7. Credit: © WSL / Heff

HALEIWA, Oahu, Hawaii (Friday, November 24, 2023) – The World Surf League (WSL) Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Qualifying Series (QS) contingent are set to clash at The Hawaiian Islands HIC Haleiwa Pro, a QS 1,000, beginning November 26 – December 7. An all-important conclusion awaits for the women to determine who earns their place among the 2024 Challenger Series contenders. Also, this event will determine the region’s  Sambazon World Junior Championships representatives for both men and women. With the stakes high, the world-class wave of Haleiwa provides the platform for these competitors to showcase their potential.

An incredible run in 2023 put Shion Crawford (HAW) amid the conversation of emerging Hawaii competitors to watch and showcased he’s up to the task with his first-ever QS win at Sunset Beach. Haleiwa’s own, Crawford, has his eyes set on backing up his maiden win and secure his place atop the rankings for a chance at the World Junior Championships. The 19-year-old also keeps his ambitions on returning to the Challenger Series and has an opportunity to capitalize at home.

“I’m still pretty stoked on my win at Sunset, but coming to my home break is going to be a special one,” said Crawford. “I grew up surfing Haleiwa a bunch and know that wave really well, but you can’t put any expectation on it and hopefully I do good. The Challenger Series definitely helped improve my surfing and what it takes to make heats. I feel like I learned so much, and the next time I get on there I feel like it’ll be a different story. ”

Current Hawaii/Tahiti Nui No. 2 Nora Liotta (HAW) enters this event looking to maintain that momentum, earning back-to-back Final appearances including her maiden victory at Sunset Beach, to finish strong. The Maui competitor’s tough start to the season gave way to her best-career yearso far and hopes to hold her ground ahead of current No. 3 Eweleiula Wong (HAW) and No. 4 Erin Brooks (CAN) with no pressure after already securing a Challenger Series and World Junior Championships spot.

“We’re really lucky to have Haleiwa in our region since it was a Challenger Series event last year and now we get to return to a wave we all surf a lot during the winter,” said Liotta. “I feel like I changed my mindset when I was so focused on specific things and just let myself surf. It feels so good going into the last event of the season with not so much pressure on myself. I’ve never experienced something like that so I hope I can just have fun, get some good waves, and there’s a lot of good girls at this event so hopefully some good battles.”

Liotta will face off with the likes of Championship Tour (CT) elite, former CT Rookie of the Year, Gabriela Bryan (HAW), North Shore’s own Zoe McDougall (HAW), Makaha’s standout Puamkamae DeSoto, and more.

Perennial QS threat Joshua Moniz (HAW) put on a show at the Haleiwa Challenger in 2022 and now looks to deliver once more and revamp his 2023/2024 QS season. A former victor at the Pipe Pro QS 3,000, Moniz is no stranger to success at home and now looks to add his name to more North Shore surfing history with a win at the hallow grounds of Haleiwa.

“I’m super stoked HIC and the Hawaii Tourism Authority are on board to back this event at one of the best waves we got,” said Moniz. “Haleiwa’s probably the best wave on the North Shore for high-performance surfing and it’s pretty special we get to compete out there again. Now we have one of the better regions with events here [on Oahu] and then go to Tahiti. Qualifying for the Challenger Series is the goal. I have some work to do and I think that’s the goal for most of the guys competing. We have a strong contingent of guys so it’s fun to be a part of it.”

Moniz will join the likes of 2024 Championship Tour (CT) rookie Eli Hanneman (HAW), CT standout Barron Mamiya (HAW), current Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Mihimana Braye (FRA), in-form brother, Isaiah, reigning Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Regional QS victor Jackson Bunch (HAW), QS threats Mason Ho (HAW), Finn McGill (HAW), Cody Young (HAW), Robert Grilho III (HAW), and more.

Event organizers will convene on Sunday, November 26, for a 7:00 a.m. HST call to determine a possible 8:00 a.m. HST start.

The Hawaiian Islands HIC Haleiwa Pro will run on the best three days of the event window beginning November 26 – December 7.

About the WSL
The World Surf League (WSL) is the global home of competitive surfing, crowning the World Champions since 1976 and showcasing the world’s best surfers on the world’s best waves. WSL is comprised of the Tours and Competition division, which oversees and operates more than 180 global competitions each year; WSL WaveCo, home of the world’s largest high-performance, human-made wave; and WSL Studios, an independent producer of unscripted and scripted projects.For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

About Hawaii Tourism Authority 
The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority is the state agency responsible for representing The Hawaiian Islands around the world, and for holistically managing tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with community desires, economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, and visitor industry needs. HTA works with the community and industry to Mālama Hawaiʻi – care for our beloved home. For more information about HTA, visit hawaiitourismauthority.org or follow @HawaiiHTA on FacebookInstagram, Threads and Twitter.

About HIC 
In 1971, Stephen and Jimmy Tsukayama, opened a small surf shop on Uluniu Street in Kailua Town on Oahu’s Windward coast – and Hawaiian Island Creations was born. Fifty years and thousands of surfboards later, the company has grown to include 16 stores across Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island; providing authentic Hawaiian surf gear to both locals and visitors alike. Through a commitment to quality, service and aloha spirit, HIC has built a reputation as an icon of Hawaiian surfing recognized by surfers across the globe. Enjoy the ride wherever you may be with HIC clothing and accessories shipped direct to you, from Hawaii with aloha.

For more information, please visit hicsurf.com

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