Vans Pro Presented By HIC Is ON At Sunset Beach!

10-12 foot surf is pumping for the Vans Pro presented by HIC now! It’s the local qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Check it now VansTripleCrownOfSurfing.com

The Vans Pro presented by HIC, a World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 event and the official local qualifier into the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, has been called ON today in pumping 10-12ft. surf. The new, solid NW swell is building slowly through the day with wave face heights in the 15+ft. range and clean offshore easterly winds grooming the lineup. Today marks the North Shore’s first big swell and launch of the professional WSL surf season for the next eight weeks on Oahu.

“The new NW swell is lining up perfectly for opening day of the Vans Pro, with waves in the 10-12 foot range and ideal offshore winds,” said Marty Thomas, WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Competition Director. “We will complete Round 1 today along with the first eleven heats of Round 2 so looking forward to an epic day of competition. We’re excited to kick start the season in solid Sunset conditions.” 

Opening day of the Vans Pro will see Round 1 begin at 8:00am HST and complete heats 1-8 along with the first 11 heats of Round 2 by 4:00pm.

Local standouts to keep an eye on in the first round include 2010 Vans Pro winner and former Big Wave World Champion Billy Kemper in Heat 3; former event winners Evan Valiere in Heat 4; Mason Ho in Heat 6, Danny Fuller in Heat 5 and Regional Junior Champion Robert Grilho.

Last year’s Champion, Kiron Jabour, pre-event warm up. Photo: @mitchell.james.mcewen

The Vans Pro will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, VansTripleCrownOfSurfing.com, the free WSL app and on Spectrum Surf channels 20 and 1020HD across the state of Hawaii.The competition will run on the three biggest and best days of surf at Sunset Beach and crown an event winner along with the WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Regional Winner. The Vans Pro is the official local qualifying event into the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which takes place from November 13 – December 20, 2019, on the North Shore of Oahu.

The WSL encourages fans and visitors to enjoy the action from the comfort of home via WSL’s leading-edge global sports broadcast – which will include live surfing and scoring, colorful commentary, athlete insights and story-telling, community updates, swell forecasting, the awards presentation and more – to minimize impact to the Sunset Beach coastline.

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 fourteen stores across Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island, along with two stores 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!

About Vans
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans® authentic collections are sold in 84 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans® has over 2,000 retail locations globally including owned, concession and partnership doors. The Vans® brand promotes creative self-expression in youth culture across action sports, art, music and street culture and delivers progressive platforms such as the Vans Park Series, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, House of Vans. Vans, “Off The Wall” Since ’66.  About The World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), established in 1976, is the enablement platform for surfing and surfers worldwide. The WSL is dedicated to changing the world through the inspirational power of surfing by creating authentic events, experiences, and storytelling to inspire a growing, global community to live with purpose, originality, and stoke. 

The WSL is a global organization, headquartered in Santa Monica and with regional offices in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA. The WSL possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation, and performance at the highest levels.

The WSL is comprised of Tours & Events, celebrating the world’s best surfers across all disciplines and annually running more than 180 global contests and crowning the undisputed World Champions across all divisions; WSL WaveCo, where innovation meets experience; and WSL Studios, which offers best in class storytelling across competition, lifestyle, and conservation.

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

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