NORTH SHORE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - South Africa's Beyrick De Vries, 21, will be riding high for days after creating a moment of perfection at Sunset Beach during the Vans World Cup of Surfing today. In a late afternoon heat, on a triple overhead wave, De Vries scored a perfect 10 for a huge, deep tube ride that has been tagged the best barrel ever surfed in competitive history at this venue. The surf was absolutely perfect for most of the day, peaking with wave face heights of up to 25 feet and light winds.
Giant set waves washed through periodically throughout the day and required a fearless and committed approach.
For every memorable ride, there was an unforgettable wipeout, the worst of which was sustained by local teenager Kalani David, 16. David's heat was held early in the day during the peak of the swell. Conditions were giant and intimidating to say the least, but he threw it all on the line in a bid to prove his place in the lineup.
A late takeoff saw David lose his footing before getting absolutely pummeled by a crushing wall of water. Local ocean scientist Pat Caldwell, at the Honolulu NOAA office, took a look at imagery of David's wave and estimates the volume of the wave above him to be at 180 cubic feet. At 64 pounds of pressure per cubic foot, that equates to more than 11,000 pounds of water unloading on the youngster. While he didn't advance, he gained major credibility and can rest easy knowing he never cowered.
There were so many highlights today: The highest individual heat score went to Kiron Jabour (Hawaii) - 18.33 points out of a possible 20 (9.33, 9.0). Posting waves in the excellent category were Torrey Meister (Hawaii), Ezekiel Lau (Hawaii), Peterson Crisanto (Brazil), and Caio Ibelli (Brazil).
Of the 16 heats surfed today, Hawaii surfers accounted for the overwhelming majority of heat wins. Their intimate knowledge and experience with riding Sunset in these conditions was hard to match. Along with Jabour, Meister and Lau, other standout locals included Ian Walsh, Makuakai Rothman and Gavin Gillette.
Organizers anticipate a drop in swell for tomorrow, but expect competition to continue for a third day tomorrow.