Sunset was gorgeous yesterday for the Van's World Cup of Surfing. A new north swell combined with variable winds made the long, high performance wave look like a supermodel. She was all done up, curvy and tall with barreling 6- to 8-foot waves for the Round of 96 at this ASP Prime event.
And like a supermodel, Sunset broke hearts and inspired those trying to court her Friday. Keanu Asing, Alex Ribero, Wiggolly Dantas and Brian Toth were eliminated, and their hopes of making the World Championship Tour turned into reality checks of a 2013 qualifying campaign.
Others such as Nathaniel Curran, Tanner Gudauskas, Nathan Yeomans and Granger Larsen advanced to the next round of competition with their World Tour qualification hopes still intact.
Californian Nat Young needs to make one more heat to mathematically solidify his place on the 2013 Dream Tour. The 21-year-old from Santa Cruz won his heat Friday with a two-wave total of 11.44 out of a possible 20 points.
"This contest is really important for me. It's the last opportunity I have to add points [to my world ranking] so I'm trying to take advantage of that and add as many points as I can," said Young, who rode a 6-6. "I can't control what anybody else does, so for me it's just surfing good and making heats."
Hawaiian Billy Kemper had a solid day, putting up the highest score with a frontside barrel for a 17-point heat total. Jay Bottle Thompson, who claims that Sunset is built for a surfer with a bigger frame, put up a 16.56-point total of his own.
Another goofyfoot on the cusp of 2013 qualification is the North Shore's Fred Patacchia Jr. Like Young, Patacchia also rode a 6-6 and sat wide, picking off the medium-sized waves. The 30-year-old's vertical backhand attack was on display, earning a 12.66 two-wave total and advancing to the Round of 64. He explained that goofyfooters are at a disadvantage when it's barreling because backside tube riding at Sunset is such a challenge.Van's World Cup of Surfing Results
Round of 96
H1 : Ian Gentil (HAW) 12.20; Jean Da Silva (BRA) 9.74; Dion Atkinson (AUS) 8.40; Kai Barger (HAW) 0.00
H2 : Tom Whitaker (AUS) 11.83; Alex Smith (HAW) 11.23; Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 10.00; Charles Martin (GLP) 7.74
H3 : Jamie O'Brien (HAW) 10.83 ; Glenn Hall (IRL) 7.60 ; Mitch Crews (AUS) 5.30; Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 2.23
H4 : Gabe Kling (USA) 13.04; Chris Ward (USA) 12.60; Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 11.73 ; Jano Belo (BRA) 4.53
H5 : Nathan Hedge (AUS) 12.43; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 8.10; Keanu Asing (BRA) 6.86; Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 4.74
H6 : Jesse Mendes (BRA) 14.73; Ian Walsh (HAW) 13.10p; Tim Reyes (USA) 12.67; Filipe Toledo (BRA) 8.44pts
H7 : Jay Thompson (AUS) 16.56; Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 11.14; Willian Cardoso (BRA) 8.57; Love Hodel (HAW) 7.27pts
H8 : Jack Freestone (AUS) 16.10; Granger Larsen (HAW) 11.57; Makai McNamara (HAW) 11.36; Cory Arrambide (USA) 7.40
H9 : Billy Kemper (HAW) 17.00; Perth Standlick (AUS) 12.97; Brian Toth (PRI) 8.00; Myles Padaca (HAW) 0.00
H10 : Evan Valiere (HAW) 13.16; Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 12.66; Dale Staples (ZAF) 10.60; Mark Occhilupo (AUS) 4.33
H11 : Nat Young (USA) 11.44; Ricardo Dos Santos (BRA) 9.00; Matt Banting (AUS) 8.67; Evan Geiselman (USA) 3.86pts
H12 : Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 14.33; Joan Duru (FRA) 13.14; Hank Gaskell (HAW) 12.84; Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 11.30
H13 : Marc Lacomare (FRA) 16.33; Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 13.10; Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 9.47; Tomas Hermes (BRA) 8.34
H14: Dusty Payne (HAW) 14.67; Garrett Parkes (AUS) 11.86; Gavin Gillette (HAW) 10.84; Dane Gudauskas (USA) 8.10
H15: Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 14.70; Nathaniel Curran (USA) 11.77; Mason Ho (HAW) 6.43; Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 5.63
H16: Koa Smith (HAW) 12.90; Nathan Yeomans (USA) 11.87; Jonathan Gonzalez (CNY) 8.50; Heath Josks (AUS) 7.00