17 November, 2013 17 November, 2013

Travis and Dale still in contention at Reef Hawaiian Pro

The field has been narrowed down to the final 32 at the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haliewa, which is the first stop of the Vans Triple Crown – one of pro surfing’s most sought after championship titles besides the ASP World Title, of course.


And South Africa’s Dale Staples (above) and Travis Logie are still in the event and have a chance at grabbing the kind of result that could be the start of history in the making, or just another superb result that they can talk about to their friends and family ad infinitum.

Travis Logie, who was seeded directly into the Round of 64, got his Triple Crown campaign underway with a solid win yesterday. Meanwhile Dale Staples has smashed his way through both the Round of 96 and the Round of 64 to find himself amongst the last 32.

Travis was looking sharp in the Round of 64.

Dale received high praise from commentators Shane Dorian and Joe Turpel in the Round of 96, where he finished second in his heat in good waves at Ali’i Beach Park, despite a tough start that saw him snap a leash and having to swim in and fetch a back-up. The back-up worked great, and he scored one of the highest wave scores of the day (a 9.87) to finish strongly and advance.

In the Round of 64 Dale contested a match-up with 2011 Triple Crown champ (and a large portion of the world’s favourite surfer) John John Florence, and duly dispatched of the crowd favourite in small and tough conditions.

Dale will be facing World Tour leader Mick Fanning in the Round of 32.

Travis will face-off with Australians Matt Banting and Mitch Coleborn and American superstar Dane Reynolds when competition resumes, while Dale finds himself matched-up against 2013 Dream Tour competitors Felipe Toledo (BRA) and Yadin Nicol (AUS), as well as two-time world champ Mick Fanning, who is chasing down a third world title in Hawaii against 12-time champ Kelly Slater.

Watch the live webcast of the Reef Hawaiian Pro to see the Saffa duo battle for glory at Haliewa.

Check out the official press release from yesterday’s competition below.




North Shore, Oahu, HAWAII – (Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013) — Former Vans Triple Crown champion and world #13 John John Florence was bundled out of the REEF Hawaiian Pro in his opening heat at Haleiwa today, the victim of atypical Hawaiian winter surf and an interference call that might have ended his plans for a second crown. The REEF Hawaiian Pro is the first of three events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater®, and without a decent finish here it will be an uphill battle for Florence to win the title again.

What began as a week of maxing waves over 20 feet, today dropped to waist/head-high range at Haleiwa. With Surfline.com’s forecast anticipating very small surf to settle in for the next five days, organizers opted to make use of what was on hand.

The mixture of top seeds, wildcards and those advancing through with early round momentum made for many dramatic exchanges and results. The small surf created a highly concentrated lineup and takeoff zone that delivered more than a few interference calls.

Other top seed casualties today included: CJ Hobgood (Florida); Brett Simpson (California); Bede Durbidge (Australia); and Raoni Monteiro (Brazil). The local contingent also fell hard, with only five Hawaii surfers remaining after today’s round of 64, led by defending Triple Crown champion Sebastian Zietz.

ASP World Tour ranking's leader Mick Fanning.

ASP World Tour ranking’s leader Mick Fanning.

World title contender Mick Fanning (Australia) hit the water this-morning, drawn against wildcard Dane Reynolds (California), Conner Coffin (California) and Maxime Huscenot (France). In one of the quietest heats of the day for waves, Fanning advanced behind Reynolds, enjoying the opportunity to get to Hawaii early, work on his equipment, and keep in competition mode ahead of his world title showdown against Kelly Slater (Florida) at Pipeline.

“There’s no better practice than actually surfing in a real heat,” said Fanning. “I’m just stoked to be back in Hawaii and surfing the good waves. Unfortunately it’s small out there but, yeah, just happy to be back and surfing.

“The whole year I’ve been pretty relaxed about it all. It’s been one of those things where you obviously set out to win a world title at the start of the year but this year I’ve sort of just been trying to improve and do things that are fun and just try and take it as it comes.

“I know where I am in my life and I know what I can and can’t do. I’m just really excited to surf with all the young guys coming through. Competing against those guys and their different styles of surfing really excites me.” (Mick’s full interview)

For Reynolds, the experience was enough to make him wonder if he could ever requalify through the 4-man competition scene should he ever want to. A former elite member of the ASP World Tour and one of the most innovative and original surfers on the planet, he’s an occasional and welcome wildcard entrant into a variety of events these days.


“Its pretty tough being a wild card out there, not so much in this event but in the WCTs because you are going up against the top seed first round and its pretty daunting,” said Reynolds. “I was actually thinking out there after the first couple exchanges… I’d get eaten alive on the WQS, because I am so bad at positioning and paddling and that is such an key element in competing in 4-man heats.”

Marocco’s Ramzi Boukhiam continued to go from strength-to-strength, progressing from the first perfect 10 of the event yesterday, to the highest heat score of the competition today. Claiming to prefer big, powerful rights, he was damaging on his forehand attack of the small lefts today, coming up with 18.26 points out of 20 (9.33/8.93).

Ramzi on a roll.

Ramzi on a roll.

“I took my small shortboard, I didn’t surf it for a couple of days so it felt weird at the beginning, but after I kind of got lucky and got a good left,” said Boukhiam. “They were rolling down the point. I am super happy to make it too. I am learning to show myself in the heat, and I couldn’t do that before.”

Defending Vans Triple Crown champion Sebastien Zietz made his debut today, looking very relaxed and seasoned as he took control of the heat and never let it go.

“This is the first time I’ve surfed Haleiwa since I got chaired out of the water winning last year,” said Zietz. “I definitely got some goose bumps and I feel really confident. I really like all of the waves in Hawaii, so hopefully I get psyched up and have that same kind of streak that I had last year.

“Today it was about getting a good head start on everybody and then kind of cruising back and let everyone battle for waves and picking up the second or third wave of the set.”

Kauai's Sebastian Zietz.

Kauai’s Sebastian Zietz.

Smaller waves allowed for plenty of aerial opportunities and the Brazilians dominated that scene. Jadson Andre, Messias Felix and Miguel Pupo putting on a show for the beach crowd. They have put themselves in contention for the Hawaiian Airlines Air Show award that offers 250,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles to the top aerial maneuver of the Vans Triple Crown.

Organizers expect to place the REEF Hawaiian Pro on hold for at least the next few days. Stay tuned to Surfline.com for updated surf forecasts. One last swell is expected at the tail end of the holding period for this event, around November 22/23.

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater® is the world’s premier series of professional surfing events that will culminate with a 2-man battle between Kelly Slater (USA) and Mick Fanning (AUS) for the 2013 men’s ASP World Title. FromNovember 12 through December 20, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, $960,000 in prize money and a number of highly coveted titles will be offered across three ASP sanctioned events, including the  Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series champion.

Beach crowds.

Beach crowds.

RESULTS – Round of 64   
(1st & 2nd advance; 3rd=33rd; 4th=49th)
H1: Nat Young (USA) 12.93pts ; Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 11.86pts ;
Granger Larsen (USA) 11.34pts ; Brian Toth (PRI) 6.60pts
H2: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 15.00pts ; Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 13.93pts ; Kolohe Andino (USA) 13.73pts ; Nathan Hedge (AUS) 9.20pts
H3: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.20pts ; Dylan Goodale (HAW) 12.10pts ; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 11.70pts ; Damien Hobgood (USA) 10.66pts
H4: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 18.26pts ; Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 14.43pts ; CJ Hobgood (USA) 11.43pts ; Sean Moody (HAW) 7.27pts
H5: Dale Staples (ZAF) 17.46pts ; Matt Banting (AUS) 15.70pts ; John John Florence (HAW) 10.27pts ; Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 9.30pts
H6: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.63pts ; Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 15.60pts ; Gavin Gillette (HAW) 15.53pts ; Marc Lacomare (FRA) 11.48pts
H7: Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.50pts ; Yadin Nicol (AUS) 12.43pts ; Brett Simpson (USA) 11.77pts ; Kai Barger (HAW) 9.59pts
H8: Dane Reynolds (USA) 12.44pts ; Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.77pts ;
Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 11.16pts ; Conner Coffin (USA) 9.84pts
H9: Dion Atkinson (AUS) 16.50pts ; Evan Valiere (HAW) 14.67pts ; David do Carmo (BRA) 13.46pts ; Luke Davis (USA) 11.66pts
H10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 13.20pts ; Leandro Usuna (ARG) 11.10pts ; Messias Felix (BRA) 10.63pts ; Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.63pts
H11: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 14.84pts ; Nathan Yeomans (USA) 13.16pts ;
Ian Walsh (HAW) 11.70pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 6.40pts
H12: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.00pts ; Cooper Chapman (AUS) 12.67pts ; Wigolly Dantas (BRA) 12.43pts ; Kieren Perrow (AUS) 5.90pts
H13: Michel Bourez (PYF) 16.90pts ; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 16.40pts ; Mitch Crews (AUS) 14.23pts ; Ibelli Caio (EUK) 8.69pts
H14 : Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 14.16pts ; Wade Carmichael (AUS) 10.30pts ; Billy Kemper (HAW) 10.07pts ; Alejo Muniz (BRA) 9.68pts
H15: Jesse Mendes (BRA) 14.50pts ; Adam Melling (AUS) 14.10pts ; Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 11.17pts ; Nic Von Rupp (PRT) 10.37pts
H16: Josh Kerr (AUS) 13.77pts ; Ho Mason (HAW) 13.00pts ; Tomas Hermes (BRA) 12.06pts ; Jay Thompson (AUS) 10.84pts

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