Defending HIC Pro champion Sunny Garcia, 43, suffered a bitter-sweet loss in his opening appearance today, eliminated in the top-seeded Round of 64 by his best friend's 20-year-old son, Kaimana Jaquias. This event is in Kaimana's blood. His father, Kaipo, won it twice during his career, including 1993 - the year Kaimana was born.
The HIC Pro presented by Vans Day 3 is called on today with new 4-7+ WNW swell on hand forecasted to hold through the day. Schedule will finish round of 96 heats 11-16, then the top seeds in round of 64 hit the water with heats 1-13. All the action starts at 8am HST via live webcast online or on the Vans Live 2.0 app.HIC 2013
Aspiring talent is easily lost in the sea of highly publicized international surfing stars and world title events these days. But it's qualifying competitions like the HIC Pro, currently underway at Sunset Beach, that are both the bread and butter of those working to climb the ranks, and rare opportunities to learn to perform at world famous venues like this. It was an opportunity that Tahitian teenager Keoni Yan, 18, seized with both hands today.
Day 2 of the HIC Pro presented by Vans is ON today, Thursday, Oct. 31st with new 6-8 foot WNW swell on hand with good epic conditions. Swell peaked last night, but will hold thru the day with pulses. Watch the action starting at 8am HST online or on the Vans Live 2.0 app!HIC 2013
Contest is called Off for today, Wednesday, October 30th with decreasing 2-4 foot swell on the point. New swell forecasted to increase late today looking good for 6-8+ surf for tomorrow through the weekend. Next call tomorrow at 7:30am HST.HIC 2013
Maui's Ian Walsh, 30, scored his first - and last - professional surfing victory here at Sunset Beach eight years ago. Since then, a focus on riding giant waves has consumed much of his attention, making him one of the sport's least decorated but most recognized athletes in the world. Today, back at Sunset Beach, a near-perfect opening performance at the HIC PRO, presented by Vans, showed he is clearly one of the most talented surfers to ever emerge from Hawaii. But three more days of competition and close to 100 surfers still stand between him and victory.
The opening day of the HIC PRO has been called "ON" at Sunset Beach today. A very clean 4-6+ WNW swell is on hand with pulses forecast throughout the day. Competition will begin at 8am. Catch all the action right here!HIC 2013
Sunset Beach turned on the world class wave spigot today and is set to pump out solid surf for the remainder of the week, potentially seeing the $95,000 HIC PRO, presented by Vans, run to a finish in four successive days, starting tomorrow and crowning a champion on Friday. The gateway to the North Shore's world famous winter surf season, the HIC PRO is particularly important for local Hawaii surfers - who comprise the majority of the field - as it is a local qualifier for the upcoming Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (November 12 to December 20).
Contest Director Marty Thomas will make the call if the contest will run today by 7:30 am HST. Stay tuned as we get into the first day of the holding period for the HIC Pro presented by Vans.HIC 2013
Vans Presents The HIC Pro- Official Local Qualifier for Prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Series
Winter means waves in Hawaii, and Oahu's North Shore is about to become the focal point of the surfing world again. Vans Presents the HIC Pro will launch Hawaii's 2013 big wave season at Sunset Beach, October 29 to November 10. The HIC Pro is a local qualifier for the famed Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (November 12-December 20) that will begin right after the crowning of this year's HIC Pro champion.