O’Neill World Cup Of Surfing: Day 1 Highlight Clip And Photos


Palmboom Revels in Sunset Power at O’Neill World Cup

HALEIWA, Oahu, Hawaii – (Nov. 24, 2010) – South African Rudy Palmboom, 22, claimed a whole new fan base in Hawaii today, trumping the scores in the opening round of the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing, the second stop of the annual Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

Palmboom found perfect rhythm and placement in the double-overhead surf to close with the highest individual wave score (8.67 points out of 10) and two-wave heat total (15.34) of the men’s opening day. Sunset Beach leaned more towards playful today, as opposed to its reputation of being one of the more punishing surf spots on the planet.

“It’s pretty fun out there and a lot bigger than I thought it would be,” said Palmboom. “I got an 8.67, a nice little barrel. I lucked into a good wave straight after the siren. It’s more spread out and there’s a lot of waves coming through, which makes it a lot more fair.

“I’ve been coming to Hawai’i since I was 15, 7 years now, and this is my third Triple Crown. I do surf here quite a bit and I’ve started to enjoy this wave. I haven’t had too many heats actually, which is quite a bummer, but I’ve learned to love it.”

Brazil’s Bernardo Miranda was another high scorer today, logging an 8.0 in his heat but failing to advance with a lackluster second ride that saw him bundled out of the competition prematurely. His fellow countryman Yuri Sodre enjoyed better results, advancing with a win over Hawaii’s Jesse Merle-Jones and Clay Marzo, and Missias Felix (Brazil).

“I’ve been coming here since I was really young, since I was thirteen, so I really enjoy surfing this wave,” said Sodre. “There is no fights. It’s kind of hard to see people in the water. It’s such a special place, such a beautiful beach with a good vibe. And it’s such a powerful wave too, you can get barrels, you can do turns. For me it’s amazing to have a chance to surf only with four guys at Sunset.”

Californians experienced a mixed bag today with two advancing and two going home: San Clemente’s Chris Ward and San Diego’s Austin Ware progressed through the round while Tim Reyes (Huntington Beach) and Chris Waring (Seal Beach) were eliminated.

“That heat was really hard, a lot of positioning and not too many waves to choose from so I went on whatever I thought was good,” said Ward.

“Being off the (elite World Tour) I get a lot of open time to surf different waves year round. But to be back here at Sunset and the Triple Crown feels good. I’m happy to be here. I could be at home in the rain, but I love surfing the Triple Crown and being part of this whole program out here.”

Hawaii’s sure-bet Sunset crew of Joel Centeio, Sunny Garcia, Myles Padaca and Pancho Sullivan demonstrated why they are always favorites here, proving tough to beat with their intimate knowledge of positioning and wave selection.

“I was actually a little nervous,” said Centeio. “You come off such a big result like Haleiwa and you want to follow up with another big one.

“I’m just thinking about waves and making heats. It’s still so early in the event and in the Triple Crown race, so just got to make these first couple and get into a good rhythm. Hopefully I’ll be in the final again and then I’ll be sitting pretty for the Triple Crown.”

There will be no competition tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, so organizers will assess the conditions Friday morning for a possible 8am start.

Live internet coverage happens every day, starting at 7:45 a.m. with “THE CALL” – the Triple Crown’s live daily morning show that features all the latest news, highlights and happenings. The series will also be broadcast live on television around Hawaii on Oceanic Time Warner Digital Cable channels 250 and HD1250.

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing consists of three men’s and three women’s professional surfing events that are the final stop on the 2010 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour. In its 28th year, the Vans Triple Crown is considered the most prestigious title in surfing next to the ASP World Title.

Each event has an extended holding period with competition taking place on the biggest and best days of surf at each venue.

Palmboom Revels in Sunset Power at O’Neill World Cup

HALEIWA, Oahu, Hawaii – (Nov. 24, 2010) – South African Rudy Palmboom, 22, claimed a whole new fan base in Hawaii today, trumping the scores in the opening round of the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing, the second stop of the annual Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

Palmboom found perfect rhythm and placement in the double-overhead surf to close with the highest individual wave score (8.67 points out of 10) and two-wave heat total (15.34) of the men’s opening day. Sunset Beach leaned more towards playful today, as opposed to its reputation of being one of the more punishing surf spots on the planet.

“It’s pretty fun out there and a lot bigger than I thought it would be,” said Palmboom. “I got an 8.67, a nice little barrel. I lucked into a good wave straight after the siren. It’s more spread out and there’s a lot of waves coming through, which makes it a lot more fair.

“I’ve been coming to Hawai’i since I was 15, 7 years now, and this is my third Triple Crown. I do surf here quite a bit and I’ve started to enjoy this wave. I haven’t had too many heats actually, which is quite a bummer, but I’ve learned to love it.”

Brazil’s Bernardo Miranda was another high scorer today, logging an 8.0 in his heat but failing to advance with a lackluster second ride that saw him bundled out of the competition prematurely. His fellow countryman Yuri Sodre enjoyed better results, advancing with a win over Hawaii’s Jesse Merle-Jones and Clay Marzo, and Missias Felix (Brazil).

“I’ve been coming here since I was really young, since I was thirteen, so I really enjoy surfing this wave,” said Sodre. “There is no fights. It’s kind of hard to see people in the water. It’s such a special place, such a beautiful beach with a good vibe. And it’s such a powerful wave too, you can get barrels, you can do turns. For me it’s amazing to have a chance to surf only with four guys at Sunset.”

Californians experienced a mixed bag today with two advancing and two going home: San Clemente’s Chris Ward and San Diego’s Austin Ware progressed through the round while Tim Reyes (Huntington Beach) and Chris Waring (Seal Beach) were eliminated.

“That heat was really hard, a lot of positioning and not too many waves to choose from so I went on whatever I thought was good,” said Ward.

“Being off the (elite World Tour) I get a lot of open time to surf different waves year round. But to be back here at Sunset and the Triple Crown feels good. I’m happy to be here. I could be at home in the rain, but I love surfing the Triple Crown and being part of this whole program out here.”

Hawaii’s sure-bet Sunset crew of Joel Centeio, Sunny Garcia, Myles Padaca and Pancho Sullivan demonstrated why they are always favorites here, proving tough to beat with their intimate knowledge of positioning and wave selection.

“I was actually a little nervous,” said Centeio. “You come off such a big result like Haleiwa and you want to follow up with another big one.

“I’m just thinking about waves and making heats. It’s still so early in the event and in the Triple Crown race, so just got to make these first couple and get into a good rhythm. Hopefully I’ll be in the final again and then I’ll be sitting pretty for the Triple Crown.”

There will be no competition tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, so organizers will assess the conditions Friday morning for a possible 8am start.

Live internet coverage happens every day, starting at 7:45 a.m. with “THE CALL” – the Triple Crown’s live daily morning show that features all the latest news, highlights and happenings. The series will also be broadcast live on television around Hawaii on Oceanic Time Warner Digital Cable channels 250 and HD1250.

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing consists of three men’s and three women’s professional surfing events that are the final stop on the 2010 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour. In its 28th year, the Vans Triple Crown is considered the most prestigious title in surfing next to the ASP World Title.

Each event has an extended holding period with competition taking place on the biggest and best days of surf at each venue.

Top Seeds Lead Opening Day of O’Neill Women’s World Cup

Sunset Beach, Oahu/Hawaii (Wednesday, November 24, 2010) – The opening day of the O’Neill Women’s World Cup, the second jewel of the Vans Triple Crown and final stop on the ASP Women’s World Tour, saw the top seeds dominate their Round 1 heats in firing six-to-eight foot (2 metre) surf at the world famous pointbreak of Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore.

With Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, wrapping up the ASP Women’s World Title in Puerto Rico, competitors are battling for the ratings points towards the Vans Triple Crown title and requalification for the 2011 ASP Dream Tour.

Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 19, current No. 2 on the ASP Women’s World Tour and a finalist at last year’s event, donated a strong performance in her opening O’Neill Women’s World Cup heat, putting the field in need of a combination of two scores by earning the day’s highest single-wave score of an 8.50 before clinching the highest heat total of a 14.83 out of 20 with crisp rail-to-rail surfing to advance to the Quarterfinals.

“We’ve got really good conditions out here today,” Fitzgibbons said. “I just got in a good rhythm out there and I’m happy to move through. It’s all about timing and I think I’ve gained a lot of confidence from last year.”

Fitzgibbons, who has three runner-up finishes on the 2010 season, is hungry to wrap up her year with a win at the O’Neill Women’s World Cup and better her standing on the Vans Triple Crown.

“It’s a long way to go, but I love surfing at Sunset and having some bigger waves,” Fitzgibbons said. “We haven’t really had many big waves this year on tour and it’s good to break out the big boards and have a crack. I’d love to make a final here and help my Triple Crown cause.”

Gilmore, freshly crowned four-time ASP Women’s World Champion, got off to a slow start in her Round 1 heat, but built momentum throughout the 30 minute match-up and managed to battle back to victory with three clean forehand carves on her final wave to see the stylish natural-footer advance straight through to the Quarterfinals.

“I was kind of really slow at the start,” Gilmore said. “I was probably pretty lost out there, it’s only my second surf out at Sunset since I’ve been here and these conditions are really testing because it’s kind of half swell. Half of the waves are over to the point and to the middle and you’ve got to just stick to one of them. I sort of got lost in the middle, but I got one in the end.”

Gilmore, two-time Vans Triple Crown champion and current series leader, admitted that competing at Sunset Beach often poses different challenges than any other wave on the ASP Women’s World Tour.

“This is definitely one of the most challenging waves on tour,” Gilmore said. “You never know whether you’re going to be on or off. You could get caught inside for 20 minutes or have the best heat of your life, so it’s really hard. I’m happy I got a couple.”

Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, who enters the event as defending champion after last year’s victory as a wildcard, won her opening heat today and is out for redemption after an uncharacteristic Round 1 loss at the first stop on the Vans Triple Crown, the Cholo’s Hawaiian Pro.

“I’m happy to get that heat win,” Moore said. “I was pretty frustrated after Haleiwa last week and I just want to try and take it heat-by-heat and not put too much pressure on myself as defending champion. I want to have a good showing here at Sunset to redeem myself from Haleiwa. We’ll see what happens.”

Tyler Wright (AUS), 16, who is an O’Neill Women’s World Cup Wildcard, will be competing in her rookie year on the elite ranks in 2011 and expressed the importance of the gained experience in tricky waves such as Sunset after winning her Round 2 heat.

“I’ve been worked over a few times out there so it’s good to finally get a few waves,” Wright said. “It’s great experience for next year. Several of the girls that are going to be on tour were out there so it’s great.”

The O’Neill Women’s World Cup of Surfing will be off tomorrow for the Thanksgiving holiday, but event organizers will reconvene Friday, November 26 to assess conditions to potentially resume the event.

To watch the second stop of the Vans Triple Crown LIVE log on to http://www.triplecrownofsurfing.com/oneillwomensworldcup/live

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com.

O’Neill Women’s World Cup Round 2 Reuslts:
Heat 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 12.00, Malia Manuel (HAW) 9.07, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 8.20, Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 7.74, Nikita Robb (ZAF) 4.70
Heat 2: Sage Erickson (USA) 12.16, Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 11.43, Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 8.93, Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.17, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 2.07

O’Neill Women’s World Cup Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 12.66, Coco Ho (HAW) 11.27, Nikita Robb (ZAF) 9.00, Sage Erickson (USA) 8.00
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.74, Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 11.33, Malia Manuel (HAW) 11.04, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 6.93
Heat 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) 12.94, Melanie Bartels (HAW) 11.77, Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.37, Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 6.34
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.83, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 4.73, Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 4.00, Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 3.23
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.67, Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 9.80, Paige Hareb (NZL) 5.50, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 2.10