Makapu’u was getting pounded with swell today. Where is Makapu’u? On the other side of the island from the Reef Hawaiian Pro, which opened its waiting period faced with what would be pretty decent surf at T-Street. Not real Haleiwa. But the sun was out, the air and sea balmy, and it was still a pretty good day fo’ go beach. Contest organizers opted to run heats from the Round of 136 and Round of 128, despite a swell with too much north to make Ali’i Beach show its surging, frightful self. Tough on those competitors who prepped all year for the “Hawaii season,” but were called to action before the waves showed up. Still, there were local standouts: Joel Centeio, Hank Gaskell, Gavin Gillette and TJ Barron are all alive and kicking after winning their heats. Reads like an NSSA Hawaii boys final from a few years back – the boys have been surfing here since diapers and, big or small, they’re ready to go. The 2009 Vans Triple Crown: one day down, one million stories to come.