Seth Moniz: doing what his father taught him

Young guns have stood out during the opening round of competition of the 2013 Vans World Cup of Surfing, held at Sunset Beach, Hawaii.


Cooper Chapman, 19, and Hawaii's Seth Moniz, 16, provided a glimpse into pro surfing's future, with a level of maturity and exciting performance well beyond their years.

Chapman reached the Round of 32 at the 2013 Reef Hawaiian Pro, and is now in the running for the JN Chevrolet Vans Triple Crown Rookie of the Year award.

"I had a good little sit down with (Simon Anderson) about a month before I came over. We worked out some good boards and he just sort of gave me the run down on what made him so successful here", says Cooper Chapman.

"This is only my third time to the North Shore, so I'm just having a lot of fun, trying to feel out the waves. (Hawaii) kind of suits my surfing, so hopefully that works out for me over the years".

Seth Moniz was the youngest of a trio of Moniz boys competing at Sunset Beach. His father Tony Moniz is the source of inspiration and insight - a former ASP tour surfer through the '80s and a respected big wave rider in his day.

"There are so many good waves, I just got into a rhythm. I got my first (score of) six and then I just kept moving up from there. It's fun", says Seth Moniz.

"I've been surfing this break since I was 10, and this is such a great event to do. I love it when it's just fun and playful. My dad knows a lot about these breaks so he shares with us. It's good to have him around, he just knows what boards to ride."

2013 Vans World Cup of Surfing | Round of 128

H1: Ian Walsh (HAW) 12.00pts ; Makai McNamara (HAW) 9.26pts ; Thomas Woods (AUS) 9.17pts ; Evan Geiselman (USA) 7.44pts
H2: Makuakai Rothman 14.83pts ; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 14.20pts ; Evan Valiere (HAW) 12.20pts ; Gony Zubizarreta (ESP) 11.04pts
H3: Hank Gaskell (HAW) 14.10pts ; Ian Gentil (HAW) 13.50pts ; Santiago Muniz 13.37pts ; Jean Da Silva (BRA) 11.64pts
H4: Kalani David (HAW) 9.67pts ; Ryan Callinan (AUS) 7.60pts ; Nic Von Rupp (PRT) 5.57pts ; Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 3.56pts
H5: Frederico Morais (PRT) 14.00pts ; Joshua Moniz (HAW) 11.24pts ; Felix Messias (BRA) 8.77pts ; Sunny Garcia (HAW) 6.34pts
H6: Seth Moniz (HAW) 14.83pts ; Yadin Nicol (AUS) 11.36pts ; Jack Freestone (AUS) 9.94pts ; Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 6.03pts
H7: Cooper Champman (AUS) 15.77pts ; Gavin Gillette (HAW) 13.33pts ; Masatoshi Ohno (JPN) 9.24pts
H8: Chris Ward (USA) 14.93pts ; Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 13.60 ; Kahea Hart (HAW) 11.74pts ; Nathaniel Curran (USA) 5.56pts
H9: Heitor Alves (BRA) 18.37pts ; Alex Smith (HAW) 11.77pts ; Vicente Romero (ESP) 10.47pts ; Kaoliopuwai Kahokula (HAW) 6.10pts
H10: Torrey Meister (HAW) 13.90pts ; Dale Staples (ZAF) 13.10pts ; Isaiah Moniz (HAW) 11.06pts ; Bino Lopes (BRA) 10.67pts
H11: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 18.10pts ; Marcus Hickman (HAW) 10.34pts ; Dylan Goodale (HAW) 9.94pts ; Cory Arrambide (USA) 9.63pts
H12: Davey Cathels (AUS) 14.40pts ; Thiago Camarao (BRA) 12.03pts ; Billy Stairmand (NZL) 10.74pts ; Eala Stewart (HAW) 5.43pts
H13: Tom Whitaker (AUS) 15.10pts ; Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 14.26pts ; Steven Pierson (PFY) 10.76pts ; Kevin Sullivan (HAW) 2.17pts
H14: Tim Reyes (USA) 12.73pts ; Koa Smith (HAW) 11.07pts ; Kai Barger (HAW) 10.66pts ; Gabriel Villaran (PER) 10.60pts
H15: Ian Gouveia (BRA) 12.13pts ; Nathan Yeomans (USA) 10.23pts ; Gabe King (USA) 9.33pts ; Gregg Nakamura (HAW) 8.33pts
H16: Ricardo Christie (NZL) 17.44pts ; Joel Centeio (HAW) 15.93pts ; Kylen Yamakawa (HAW) 12.66pts ; Hizunome Bettero (BRA) 8.00pts