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Vans World Cup of Surfing underway on North Shore

Nathan Hedge at Vans Triple Crown - Photo Source: Neal Miyake Nathan Hedge at Vans Triple Crown - Photo Source: Neal Miyake
NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Vans World Cup of Surfing - the second jewel of the 30th anniversary Vans Triple Crown of Surfing -hit the waves at Sunset Beach on Tuesday in a new double-overhead swell.

At this size, Sunset can be even more challenging than on the giant, life-threatening days, and a 30-minute heat can dissolve faster than salt in water.

Early casualties were claimed by the shifty lineup; surfers who found themselves short on a back-up ride and out of time: Dane Reynolds (USA); Aritz Aranburu (EUK); and Stu Kennedy (AUS) were among them.

It's the kind of day that lends itself to local knowledge and a long history with the break. Among those who fit that bill were Sunset local Pancho Sullivan - the day's high scorer with 15.5 points; Australians Tom Whitaker and Nathan Hedge; and Maui's Ian Walsh and Ian Gentil.

Nathan Hedge (AUS), on a comeback and looking for valuable seed points for 2013, reveled in the conditions today.

The last word on the day came from Pancho Sullivan, who has powered to five wins here at his home break of Sunset Beach, but won't go home happy until he can put a Vans World Cup on his mantlepiece. This is the one win that has eluded him for more than a decade.

When competition resumes it will be with the Round of 96. Today's swell is definitely on the decline and it may be a day or two before the event moves ahead. When it does, the talent will include Tanner & Dane Gudauskas (USA); Jamie O'Brien (HAW); Gabe Kling (USA); Jack Freestone (AUS); Mark Occhilupo (AUS); Nat Young (USA); and Joan Duru (FRA).


Surfers listed in order of 1st through 4th

Round of 128

H1 : Ian Gentil (HAW) 14.43pts ; Alex Smith (HAW) 11.17pts ; Stu Kennedy (AUS) 10.50pts ; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 8.36pts

H2 : Tom Whitaker (AUS) 15.00pts ; Kai Barger (HAW) 12.57pts ; Nic Von Rupp (DEU) 6.83pts ; Derek Ho (HAW) 5.84pts

H3 : Mitch Crews (AUS) 9.97pts ; Jano Belo (BRA) 9.27pts ; Nathan Carvalho (HAW) 6.86pts ; Davey Cathels (AUS) 2.67pts

H4 : Chris Ward (USA) 12.50pts ; Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 8.83pts ; Tanner (HAW) 7.43pts ; Chris Foster (HAW) 3.00pts

H5 : Nathan Hedge (AUS) 12.60pts ; Tim Reyes (USA) 9.70pts ; Eala Stewart (HAW) 6.63pts ; Kevin Sullivan (HAW) 0.97pts

H6 : Ian Walsh (HAW) 10.56pts ; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 9.10pts ; Kiron Jabour (HAW) 8.43pts ; Chris Friend (AUS) 4.33pts

H7 : Love Hodel (HAW) 12.40pts ; Cory Arrambide (USA) 10.43pts ; Aritz Aranburu (EUS) 9.67pts ; Caio Ibelli (BRA) 7.57pts

H8 : Makai McNamara (HAW) 12.80pts ; Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 11.60pts ; Dylan Goodale (HAW) 9.36pts ; Torrey Meister (HAW) 8.33pts

H9 : Billy Kemper (HAW) 11.03pts ; Evan Valiere (HAW) 9.90pts ; Alain Riou (PYF) 9.00pts ; Billy Stairmand (NZL) 8.50pts

H10 : Dale Staples (ZAF) 12.37pts ; Myles Padaca (HAW) 9.83pts ; Cory Lopez (USA) 6.76pts ; Dege O'Connell (HAW) 6.34pts

H11 : Matt Banting (AUS) 14.84pts ; Hank Gaskell (HAW) 14.00pts ; Koa Rothman (HAW) 6.56pts ; Blake Thornton (AUS) 5.04pts

H12 : Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 13.83pts ; Ricardo Dos Santos (BRA) 11.17pts ; Roy Powers (HAW) 9.80pts ; Michael Dunphy (USA) 6.10pts

H13 : Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 14.50pts ; Gavin Gillette (HAW) 10.60pts ; Joshua Moniz (HAW) 9.60pts ; Thiago Camarao (BRA) 5.90pts

H14 : Garrett Parkes (AUS) 12.57pts ; Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.50pts ; Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 10.10pts ; Flynn Novak (HAW) 4.66pts

H15 : Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 15.50pts ; Heath Joske (AUS) 10.87pts ; Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.67pts ; Adrien Toyon (FRA) 8.03pts

H16 : Koa Smith (HAW) 12.84pts ; Mason Ho (HAW) 12.63pts ; Joel Centeio (HAW) 12.33pts ; Nic Muscroft (AUS) 12.07pts

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