The notorious Haleiwa Treadmill was fully operational for the second day of the Reef Hawaiian Pro. Solid 6-to-8 waves with an occasional 10-footer poured into Alii Beach Park with a strong current that kept competitors constantly paddling to stay in position. Yesterday was an endurance test for the surfer's in the Round of 96 at the first jewel of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.
"You've got to be moving the whole heat, surf at 100 percent, kick out, paddle back out, keep moving through the treadmill, and not get sucked too deep," said Ezekiel Lau, who surfed two heats yesterday. "Days like these are the ones when your conditioning kicks in and I felt comfortable from all of the training I've done."
Lau looked confident in the tricky, double-overhead rights at Haleiwa. The 18 year old from Honolulu utilized local knowledge and sat away from the other competitors, picking off the wide corners that stayed open. That allowed the young Hawaiian to put on a brilliant display of power surfing.
"I just match power with power," said Lau, who advanced to the Round of 64 yesterday. "Haleiwa has so much water moving and you just have to have a good base, everything has to be real heavy. You have to be kind of heavy set to throw that water around and you can't let that wave manhandle you, because it will do you in."
Haleiwa manhandled Romain Cloitre yesterday. Despite advancing to the next round, the 24-year-old Frenchman was forced to exit the water early because he compressed his knee after landing a late rebound. It's still unclear if he will be able surf in the next round.
It was one of those days at the Reef Hawaiian Pro when the boys were separated from the men, and of course, Sunny Garcia, 42, stood out. The six-time Triple Crown champ owned the first heat of the Clash of Legends, and out-surfed Kaipo Jaquias, Tom Curren and Mark Occhilupo (who also advanced in the Pro.) The biggest sets of the day rolled in for the legends, and it was obvious Sunny knew which waves were the best.
"I've been surfing Haleiwa for a long time and I know on a north swell that the only wave that's good is the first wave of the set when you catch it from the outside and get your turns in," explained Garcia. "On the north swell it swings in and closes out on the Toilet Bowl section, so I let those guys sit on the outside and I stuck to the inside corners and made sure to catch the smaller ones that opened up."
While Sunny's gouge was in full effect yesterday -- and will be seen in the Clash of the Legends final today -- the turn of the contest went to Dane Reynolds. Whether it was out of sheer annoyance of the way the heat was going, or it was pure expression of modern radness, the 27 year old from Ventura, Calif. astounded everyone with a double-arm, layback on a chunky closeout section.
"It was just kind of frustration because my first couple waves were closeouts," said Reynolds of the mind-blowing maneuver. "Then I got one and my board felt way too long and I just couldn't get any release out of the tail, so I was just going on a close out and just kind of doing what I could."
Reynolds won that heat and will be surfing in the Round of 64. Also competing on this third day of competition at Haleiwa is 11-time World Champ Kelly Slater and defending Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Champion John John Florence.
Reef Hawaiian Pro
Round of 128 Ramaining heats:
H13: Adrien Toyon (FRA) 9.57pts; Gavin Gilette (HAW) 7.40pts; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 6.93pts; Koa Rothman (HAW) 5.57pts
H14: Ricardo Dos Santos (BRA) 11.84pts; Kevin Sullivan (HAW) 11.10pts; Cory Arrambide (USA) 8.26pts; Chris Foster (HAW) 1.43pts
H15: Mitch Crews (AUS) 13.27pts; Joshua Moniz (HAW) 12.90pts; Gabriel Villaran (PER) 12.20pts; Caio Ibelli (BRA) 11.40pts
H16: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 12.73pts; Evan Valiere (HAW) 11.50pts; Michael Dunphy (USA) 7.06pts; Shane Beschen (HAW) 6.80pts
Round of 96
H1: Aritz Aramburu (EUK) 10.40pts; Mark Occhilupo (AUS) 7.00pts; Shaun Joubert (ZAF) 5.73pts; Granger Larsen (HAW) 4.93pts
H2: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.26pts; Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 15.10pts; Torrey Meister (HAW) 8.67pts
H3: Nat Young (USA) 14.00pts; Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 8.37pts; Stu Kennedy (AUS) 8.26pts; Jamie O'Brien (HAW) 7.23pts
H4: Dege O'Connell (HAW) 13.53pts; Alain Riou (PYF) 10.10pts; Jack Freestone (AUS) 8.60pts; Joan Duru (FRA) 7.40pts
H5: Romain Cloitre (FRA) 11.00pts ; Gabe Kling (USA) 10.24pts ; Billy Kemper (HAW) 9.93pts ; Lincoln Taylor (AUS) 9.43pts
H6: Hank Gaskell (HAW) 11.76pts; Cory Lopez (USA) 8.97pts; Jean Da Silva (BRA) 5.00pts; Matt Banting (AUS) 2.00pts
H7: Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.03pts; Jesse Mendes (BRA) 11.17pts; Nathan Yeomans (USA) 8.20pts; Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 3.63pts
H8: Alex Smith (HAW) 13.50pts; Charles Martin (GLP) 9.50pts; Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 8.43pts; Davey Cathels (AUS) 2.84pts
H9: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 15.34pts; Nathan Hedge (AUS) 13.63pts; Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 12.83pts; Dion Atkinson (AUS) 12.67pts
H10: Dane Reynolds (USA) 10.56pts ; Koa Smith (HAW) 10.00pts ; Nathaniel Curran (USA) 6.60pts ; Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 4.13pts
H11 : William Cardoso (BRA) 13.33pts; Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 11.83pts; Garrett Parks (AUS) 8.6pts; Thiago Camarao (BRA) 3.76pts
H12: Mason Ho (HAW) 14.33pts; Alex Ribeiro (BRA) 12.33pts; Billy Stairmand (NZL) 9.83pts; Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 9.77pts
H13: Keanu Asing (HAW) 9.5pts; Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 8.34pts; Adrien Toyon (FRA) 7.53pts; Kevin Sullivan (HAW) 3.26pts
H14: Gavin Gillette (HAW) 12.43pts; Filipe Toledo (BRA) 11.83pts; Ricardo Dos Santos (BRA) 5.27pts; Nathan Florence (HAW) 3.26pts
H15: Perth Standlick (AUS) 12.07pts; Evan Valiere (HAW) 10.60pts; Brian Toth (PRI) 7.94pts; Mitch Crews (AUS) 6.14
H16: Wiggoly Dantas (BRA) 13.54pts; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.43pts; Joshua Moniz (HAW) 9.67pts; Evan Geiselman (USA) 8.37pts