Jordy Smith, Joel Parkinson And Julian Wilson Lead The Way At The O’Neill World Cup Of Surfing
Stop #2, Sunset Beach,
Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing
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SUNSET BEACH, Oahu, Hawaii — (Dec. 1, 2010) — The O’Neill World Cup of Surfing felt like it hit fast-forward today as organizers utilized two surf spots to maximize the waves at hand and ensure that the event will wrap up tomorrow at the peak of the swell. Some surfers battled through three rounds as the heats went off two at a time. Head-high waves teamed up with high performance, small wave surfboards resulted in a rapid fire of maneuvers and more than 1,000 waves surfed.
Julian Wilson, 22, led the storm front of 15 Aussie surfers who advanced today as part of the remaining 32. His energy and desire to prove himself on the world stage resulted in a top two-wave heat score of 15.83 out of 20.
“This morning was the second time I surfed (Val’s Reef) in my heat,” said Wilson. “If you sit there and watch it for a while, you can see which ones are the good ones and which ones aren’t. It’s a fun little right so it suits me fine. Even if I don’t qualify this year, I’ll still be in a good position for next year.”
Wilson will need to win the event to have any chance of qualifying for the elite ASP World Tour of 2011. He’s far from giving up hope on that just yet.
O’Neill team rider and World No.2 Jordy Smith (ZAF) didn’t disappoint as he took to the water for the first time this Triple Crown season and accounted for the elimination of hometown favorite Sunny Garcia (HAW). As one of the top seeds into this event, Smith only had to surf once today in the last of the seeded rounds.
“It’s not exactly Sunset, but I heard from the boys that Val’s is a pretty fun wave and I was excited to surf it because I’ve never really surfed it before,” said Smith. “I enjoyed it, it’s a little funkier than I thought, but I definitely had some fun.”
Defending O’Neill World Cup and Vans Triple Crown champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) proved he is the master of versatility, winning his way through two rounds to advance to the final day tomorrow. Parkinson won this event last year in gigantic storm surf but looked just as in control of his destiny in today’s more playful lineup. His mission for a third Triple Crown title is well and truly alive.
“Val’s Reef is the weirdest little reef in the way it comes in and the way it breaks,” said Parkinson. “It’s really tricky to surf. It’s like surfing two different events — you basically have to go out there with two different strategies of what you would do over here. I’ve never surfed either (break) in a contest.”
Along with the 15 Australians advancing, the remainder of the field consists of seven Americans, four surfers from Hawaii, four from Brazil, and two from South Africa.
The men won’t be the only focal point tomorrow as the O’Neill Women’s World Cup of Surfing will also surf to the final heat. World champion and Vans Triple Crown women’s leader Stephanie Gilmore heads the remaining field of 16 women, including O’Neill’s Malia Manuel and Sage Erickson. Their final is scheduled to hit the water at around 12:00pm, with the men’s to finish at approximately 3:00pm.
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.
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