HIC Pro 2014 – Qualifier for Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

ANNOUNCING THE HIC PRO
Official Qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
Sunset Beach, Oahu, HAWAII — October 27-November 10

Starting next week at Sunset Beach, the HIC Pro, the Official Qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS). It’s the final hunt for critical ASP World Qualifying Series ratings points that will aid aspiring hopefuls in their bid to qualify for the World Championship Tour. Hawaii’s pro surfers have the opportunity to improve their seeding in the prestigious Vans Triple Crown or, in the case of up-and-coming talent, secure a slot that will offer them a shot at proving themselves on the world stage.

The HIC Pro – October 27 through November 10 – is a 4-star rated event that features a field of 112 surfers and offers a total prize purse of $85,000. More than 50 per cent of the field is comprised of Hawaii surfers (58), as well as athletes from Australia (16), USA Mainland (24), Japan (6), Tahiti (2), France (1) and South America (1), plus 4 wild cards.

The HIC Pro is also an important time for surfers to fine-tune equipment and performances ahead of the famed Hawaiian winter surf season. North Shore’s own Fred Patacchia is the #1 seed for the event.

Beyond Patacchia, look for a truly inspired young field of aspirants who are climbing the ranks with an eye on becoming part of Hawaii’s “new order” of professionals. Among them: Kaito Kino (20); Kaulana Apo (16); Kalani David (16); and Kaimana Jaquias (21). Of course, Sunset wouldn’t be Sunset without a handful of seasoned competitors. Among them look for Joel Centeio (31); Evan Valiere (30); Jamie O’Brien (31); Fred Patacchia (32); and Pancho Sullivan (41).

Live webcast vans.com/hicpro

About HIC – Hawaiian Island Creations:
Hawaii’s biggest and best selection of surf gear – since 1971 HIC has provided Hawaii with quality surfboards, skateboards, clothing and accessories – by surfers, for surfers. Locally owned and operated, the HIC retail chain includes thirteen stores across Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, plus two in Japan. Through a commitment to quality, service and aloha spirit, the brand has built a reputation as an icon of Hawaiian surfing recognized throughout the world. Enjoy the ride!

Official HIC PRO event gear: Available at http://www.hicsurf.com/

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