HALEIWA, Oahu/Hawaii - (Friday, November 16, 2012) — Pumping Haleiwa delivered the goods at the REEF Hawaiian Pro today with incredible tube rides, aerials and pure power surfing. For the world’s top professionals and the surf-stoked fans who flock to the North Shore, this is what the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is known for: quality surfing in quality waves.
Between the high-scoring heat of Australian Tom Whitaker, the mind-altering maneuvers of Ventura’s Dane Reynolds, the tube-riding finesse of Torrey Meister, and the iconic Clash of the Legends, everyone went home fired up.
With so much focus and anticipation reserved each winter for Pipeline, Haleiwa can sometimes be overlooked in terms of its value and the quality of performances it produces. Haleiwa shone in its own right today and the surfer’s noticed.
“It’s really solid overhead, really powerful,” said Whitaker. “Haleiwa’s just so much water moving. It’s awesome. It’s actually a great surf spot, Haleiwa, it combines tubes and big powerful turns, forehand, backhand. It’s just awesome to get really some solid surfing going. It started out a little small (yesterday), but now it’s just pumping.
“Hawaii’s golden. To come here for over a month and just be able to surf some really nice powerful waves, all the aloha, all the boys really look after us here. The Hawaiians and Aussies just have such a great vibe, and bbq’s… and sunsets and surf. I’m not complaining!”
Dane Reynolds draws a crowd. Thankfully his heat took place after school got out and every North Shore grom got what they came for: pure surf stoke in the form of one outrageous close-out hack turned inverted layback that resulted in a dramatic win.
“It was just kind of frustration ’cause my first couple waves were closeouts, then I got one and my board felt way too long and I just couldn’t get any release out of the tail, so I was just going on a close out and just kinda doing what you can. (laughs)
“I enjoy coming here every year, riding bigger boards and getting some more powerful surf. Definitely out here is one of my favorites, I always like coming down here and getting washed around in the rip and getting some big waves, its pretty fun.
“I always put a lot of pressure on myself to surf well, no matter what… I’m in it to try to win, I guess. More importantly I just put a lot of pressure on myself to surf well and in turn that will equal a win. I’m definitely not too lackadaisical otherwise I wouldn’t be here, you know? I’m into it.
“It’s more of a challenge and the waves always humble you, and that’s fun. That’s why I like it.”
Return resident Torrey Meister took the honors of the first perfect 10 of the REEF Hawaiian Pro today: a well-woven double tube ride that got the beach to its feet. Incredibly, it wasn’t enough to turn his heat around and he ended up still being eliminated in third place needing little more than a 5-point ride.
Organizers fully anticipate competition resuming at 8am tomorrow with the event’s top seeds. Coming up in the morning: Kelly Slater (USA) surfs against Sunny Garcia (HAW); Julian Wilson (AUS); Jeremy Flores (FRA); John Florence (USA); and Gabriel Medina (BRZ).
In celebration of 30 years of world class surfing, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater offers $1million in prize money this year, including a $100,000 bonus, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a $10,000 custom Nixon watch for the overall series champion. Each of the three events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has a two-week holding period within which to run, requiring just 3-4 days of excellent surf to be completed. To find out when the event is running, log on to: www.VansTripleCrownOfSurfing.com
Round of 128 remaining heats:
H13: Adrien Toyon (FRA) 9.57pts; Gavin Gilette (HAW) 7.40pts; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 6.93pts; Koa Rothman (HAW) 5.57pts
H14: Ricardo Dos Santos (BRA) 11.84pts; Kevin Sullivan (HAW) 11.10pts; Cory Arrambide (USA) 8.26pts; Chris Foster (HAW) 1.43pts
H15: Mitch Crews (AUS) 13.27pts; Joshua Moniz (HAW) 12.90pts; Gabriel Villaran (PER) 12.20pts; Caio Ibelli (BRA) 11.40pts
H16: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 12.73pts; Evan Valiere (HAW) 11.50pts; Michael Dunphy (USA) 7.06pts; Shane Beschen (HAW) 6.80pts
Round of 96
H1: Aritz Aramburu (EUK) 10.40pts; Mark Occhilupo (AUS) 7.00pts; Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 5.73pts; Granger Larsen (HAW) 4.93pts
H2: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.26pts; Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 15.10pts; Torrey Meister (HAW) 8.67pts
H3: Nat Young (USA) 14.00pts; Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 8.37pts; Stu Kennedy (AUS) 8.26pts; Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 7.23pts
H4: Dege O’Connell (HAW) 13.53pts; Alain Riou (PYF) 10.10pts; Jack Freestone (AUS) 8.60pts; Joan Duru (FRA) 7.40pts
H5: Romain Cloitre (FRA) 11.00pts ; Gabe Kling (USA) 10.24pts ; Billy Kemper (HAW) 9.93pts ; Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 9.43pts
H6: Hank Gaskell (HAW) 11.76pts; Cory Lopez (USA) 8.97pts; Jean Da Silva (BRA) 5.00pts; Matt Banting (AUS) 2.00pts
H7: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.03pts; Jesse Mendes (BRA) 11.17pts; Nathan Yeomans (USA) 8.20pts; Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 3.63pts
H8: Alex Smith (HAW) 13.50pts; Charles Martin (GLP) 9.50pts; Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 8.43pts; Davey Cathels (AUS) 2.84pts
H9: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 15.34pts; Nathan Hedge (AUS) 13.63pts; Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.83pts; Dion Atkinson (AUS) 12.67pts
H10: Dane Reynolds (USA) 10.56pts ; Koa Smith (HAW) 10.00pts ; Nathaniel Curran (USA) 6.60pts ; Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 4.13pts
H11 : William Cardoso (BRA) 13.33pts; Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 11.83pts; Garrett Parks (AUS) 8.6pts; Thiago Camarao (BRA) 3.76pts
H12: Mason Ho (HAW) 14.33pts; Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 12.33pts; Billy Stairmand (NZL) 9.83pts; Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 9.77pts
H13: Keanu Asing (HAW) 9.5pts; Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 8.34pts; Adrien Toyon (FRA) 7.53pts; Kevin Sullivan (HAW) 3.26pts
H14: Gavin Gillette (HAW) 12.43pts; Filipe Toledo (BRA) 11.83pts; Ricardo Dos Santos (BRA) 5.27pts; Nathan Florence (HAW) 3.26pts
H15: Perth Standlick (AUS) 12.07pts; Evan Valiere (HAW) 10.60pts; Brian Toth (PRI) 7.94pts; Mitch Crews (AUS) 6.14
H16: Wiggoly Dantas (BRA) 13.54pts; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.43pts; Joshua Moniz (HAW) 9.67pts; Evan Geiselman (USA) 8.37pts