First half of the round of 64 of the O’Neill World Cup runs in head high surf
By Matt Skenazy
Sunset is a powerful wave. It takes powerful, man-turns to master it. That’s why for years people like Sunny Garcia and Pancho Sullivan have dominated here. Today though wasn’t classic Sunset Beach. It wasn’t huge by anyone’s standards. And although he has a mean backside snap, not a lot of people would claim that Nat Young is a Power Surfer. Not yet anyway. But it was young Nat Young that bagged the highest single wave score of the competition so far with a 9.33.
“I haven’t surfed out here at all when it’s been like this,” Young said of the smaller conditions. “That wave looked good to me though, it had a good wall and it let me do three turns. Also I didn’t fall, I think that helped.”
Yeah. Not falling probably helps. Nat will face Torrey Meister, Jihad Khodr, Luke Munro in the round of 32 tomorrow.
It was a California day out here today at Sunset Beach, with Tanner and Dane Gudauskas advancing along with fellow San Clemente-ites, Shane Beschen and Nathan Yeomans.
Yeomans is sitting comfortably in seventh place on the ‘QS after his win at the Coldwater Classic in Santa Cruz and his surfing is looking loose and relaxed.
“It’s nice not being on the bubble, and to just go out there and surf,” Yeomans said post heat.
The Hawaiians however, didn’t have such a hot day. Andy Irons and Freddie P. both lost in the same heat in the round of 64 to Joan Duru and Chris Davidson. Former Sunset Beach winner Myles Padaca lost this morning, and the winner of last weeks’ contest at Haleiwa, Joel Centeio, bowed out this afternoon. Don’t worry Hawaii fans, you still have Pancho, who took first in his heat with current world number one Mick Fanning. You still have Mason Ho. It’s always good to have someone from the Ho family on your side at Sunset. You still have Sunny and Seabass, and Granger Larsen and Flynn Novak.
Come to think of it, maybe Hawaii isn’t so bad off after all.
There looks to be a rise in swell tomorrow, and rumors of Eddie worthy waves next week have everybody chatting and checking the buoys. So stay tuned to www.surfingmagazine.com for all the news.