Up at Sunset

Surf pumps at Sunset Beach for opening round of Vans World Cup of Surfing

Updated: December 3, 2011, 1:39 AM ET
By Daniel Ikaika Ito | ESPN.com

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Sunset Beach demanded big boards and bravado yesterday from the round of 128 contestants at the Vans World Cup of Surfing. The first big swell of the North Shore season provided massive 16 to 24-foot wave face heights, making the second jewel of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing a survival lesson. It wasn't a matter of if you were going to get pounded by a huge wave it was matter of when you were going to get pounded said Keanu Asing.

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