- 02 December 2010 | Surfing
The time is running out for surfers of the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing. The flat days are gone so the organizers decided to restart the competition in two surf spots, in order to maximize the waves at hand and ensure that the event will wrap up tomorrow at the peak of the swell.
Head-high waves and small surfboards resulted in more than 1,000 waves surfed. Julian Wilson, 22, was one of the highlights of the day. “This morning was the second time I surfed (Val's Reef) in my heat,” said Wilson.
“If you sit there and watch it for a while, you can see which ones are the good ones and which ones aren't. It's a fun little right so it suits me fine. Even if I don't qualify this year, I'll still be in a good position for next year.”
Wilson still has chances of qualifying for the 2011 ASP World Tour. The battle is not over yet.
World No.2 Jordy Smith (ZAF) eliminated local boy and hometown favorite Sunny Garcia (HAW). “It's not exactly Sunset, but I heard from the boys that Val's is a pretty fun wave and I was excited to surf it because I've never really surfed it before,” said Smith. “I enjoyed it, it's a little funkier than I thought, but I definitely had some fun.”
Defending O'Neill World Cup and Vans Triple Crown champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) advanced to the final day and his mission for a third Triple Crown title is well and truly alive.
“Val's Reef is the weirdest little reef in the way it comes in and the way it breaks,” said Parkinson. “It's really tricky to surf. It's like surfing two different events -- you basically have to go out there with two different strategies of what you would do over here. I've never surfed either (break) in a contest.”
The O'Neill World Cup of Surfing still allows 15 Australians, seven Americans, four surfers from Hawaii, four from Brazil and two from South Africa.