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Big Surf Rules O'Neil World Cup

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By Liz Chun - bio | email

NORTH SHORE (HawaiiNewsNow) - The waves were big and booming on the North Shore for the O'Neill World Cup. Surfers had to rely on 3 jet skis to get out to the channel. The 12 to 20 footer were quite a challenge.

Hawaii's own Mason Ho took second in his heat to advance to the quarterfinals, where he'll now face Sunny Garcia. Garcia, who is a six time Triple Crown champion, posted the highest marks of the day with a 16.4 out of 20. The huge surf is said to be the biggest ever for the second jewel.

"It's big. You know there's a lot of clean up sets," said Garcia. "For the most part it's not gnarly. It's not standing up on the reef. It's not top to bottom it's just big mushy waves. This is the kind of days that make boys into men. You're either ready to step up or sit on the shore and get nothing."

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