XCEL PRO Sunset Beach to Finish Today: WATCH LIVE

Today marks the final day of competition at the 2006 Xcel Pro Presented by No Fear. The WNW swell arrived last night at dark to Sunset Beach. The surf is peaking this morning with wave faces in the 8 to 12 foot range.

The action will start at 8:00AM HST when Heat 13 of Round 3 hits the water, and will conclude with the final heat later in the afternoon with the final heat paddling out at about 3:30PM HST, when this year’s Xcel Pro champion will be decided.

Winds are light and offshore. Winds are forecast to turn light east trades making for great conditions. With a low tide at about 10:00AM HST an incoming tide at Sunset Beach will give a good push to the waves towards mid-day.

SurfingLive is broadcasting a live Webcast each day of competition, using state-of-the-art water-cam technology. The Webcast will be available at the official 2006 Xcel Pro Web site, http://xcelpro.xcelwetsuits.com for those not on the beach at Sunset.

The official waiting period for this year’s Xcel Pro presented by No Fear began Friday, October 27 and would have continued through November 10. With no other swells forecast except a smaller NNE swell (not a good direction for Sunset) for Thursday, November 9, contest officials decided that for the remainder of the waiting period today is the best day to run the final day .

XCEL PRO Past Champions
1984 Kerry Terukina
1985 Denton Miyamura
1986 Hans Hedemann
1987 Ronnie Burns
1988 Michael Ho
1989 Richard Schmidt
1990 Michael Ho
1991 Michael Ho
1992 Sunny Garcia
1993 Kaipo Jaquias
1994 Derek Ho
1995 Kaipo Jaquias
1996 Michael Ho
1997 Andy Irons
1998 Pancho Sullivan
1999 Bruce Irons
2000 Pancho Sullivan
2001 Gavin Beschen
2002 Fred Pattachia
2003 Pancho Sullivan
2004 Fred Pattachia
2005 Ian Walsh