Pancho Sullivan: local knowledge pays off

Dane Reynolds has suffered an early shocking exit from the Vans World Cup of Surfing 2012, at Sunset Beach, Hawaii.


The double-overhead swell on offer at Sunset Beach claimed the first victims. Dane Reynolds, Aritz Aranburu and Stu Kennedy are out of the second jewel of the Triple Crown of Surfing.

On the opposite side of the surf coin, local rider Pancho Sullivan sealed the day's high score with 15.5 points.

"I absolutely love this wave it's got so many looks - from 2 feet to 15 feet it's so much fun," said Sullivan. "It's a high performance wave. You can really push your surfing and I try to attack it like you would a small wave even in the bigger 8-10 foot surf".

"It's home, I grew up, started surfing the little inside wave shores and eventually graduated out to the point and it's a wave that I think you just have to put a lot of time into learning the different lineups depending on the direction and size"

An interesting detail: surf caddies are playing an important role in the Vans World Cup of Surfing by providing surfboard alternatives in real-time.

The Round of 96 surfers will see Tanner and Dane Gudauskas, Jamie O'Brien, Gabe Kling, Jack Freestone, Mark Occhilupo, Nat Young and Joan Duru.