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Day 2 of Vans World Cup Called ON

November 28, 2018, 8:01 AM HST
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Sunset Beach is lining up with contestable surf for Day 2 / Round 2 of the Vans World Cup. CREDIT: © WSL / Heff

Stop No. 2 of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Vans World Cup of Surfing, has been called back ON today at Sunset Beach in excellent overhead conditions. Wave face heights are up to 12 feet with offshore easterly winds grooming the lineup for a full day of action, beginning with Round 2 Heat 1 at 8 a.m. HST.

“The XXL swell that washed through Sunset Beach over the past two days has dropped over night, providing really good and consistent 6 to 8 foot. surf with some bigger sets,” said WSL Hawaiʻi/Tahiti Nui Tour Manager Marty Thomas. “It’ll be an exciting, high-performance day of surfing for Day 2 of the Vans World Cup.”

Round 2 starts at 8 a.m. HST and will see QS campaigner Jorgann Couzinet (FRA), who is currently ranked No. 11, get a start in Heat 1 against Charly Martin (FRA)Evan Valiere (HAW) and Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF).

Yesterday’s Jaws Challenge at Peʻahi winner, Billy Kemper (HAW), returned to Oʻahu to pick up where he left off and will compete today in Heat 9. Day 1 at the Vans World Cup saw Kemper earn the best score of the event and first perfect 10 of the 2018 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. All eyes will be on the Maui-born Oʻahu resident as he looks to secure another win.

Meanwhile, recent Runner Up finisher at the Hawaiian ProMateus Herdy (BRA), will surf in Heat 15 with the hopes of strengthening his lead on the Vans Triple Crown title ratings. The current frontrunner, Joel Parkinson (AUS), will open his campaign at Sunset Beach in Round 3 on the next day of competition.


After day 1 finished on Sunday, a roster of standouts emerged including locals Noa Mizuno, who will surf again today in Heat 8, Sheldon Paishon in Heat 10 and Mason Ho in Heat 11. Australia’s Ethan Ewing will be surfing for qualification onto the 2019 Championship Tour during Heat 7 while No. 15 on the QS Alejo Muniz (BRA) will also be fighting for a solid result.


The second event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Vans World Cup of Surfing, has a holding window from Nov. 25 to Dec. 6 and will take place at Sunset Beach. Each event of the 2018 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will run on the four best days of surf within the event’s holding window.

LIVE streaming is available on,, and the WSL and Facebook apps (Facebook login required for mobile viewing). Or tune into Spectrum SURF Channel, which will televise the action LIVE and in replay on digital channels 20 and 1020HD, across the state of Hawaiʻi.

This marks Day 2 of competition at the Vans World Cup, which is a World Surf League Men’s Qualifying Series 10,000-rated event and the final 2018 QS opportunity for athletes.

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