- 30 November 2013 | Surfing
Perfect surf invaded the 2013 Vans World Cup of Surfing, at Sunset Beach, Hawaii, as Round of 96 is completed.
Triple overhead waves allowed Beyrick De Vries, 20, having a day to remember, after scoring a the event's only perfect 10 to date for a huge, deep tube ride hailed as the best barrel ever surfed on Sunset's west peak during competition.
"It's pretty much a 55 hour travel here on a plane and costs you pretty much half your budget. Living here is expensive and you kind of doubt it all, but then you get one wave like that and everything's worth it. It's all worth it, I'm stoked", says De Vries.
"I just saw blue out there and it was a heavy take off. I just tried to dodge the foam ball, stood up and looked down the line and I just saw this thing that was perfect. I just stood there and kind of looked at the scenery. It's one of the best places to be on earth, in the barrel. I'm just living in the moment and it paid off and I'm so happy.
The surf was absolutely perfect for most of the day, peaking with wave face heights of up to 25 feet and light offshore winds.
For every memorable ride there was an unforgettable wipeout, the worst of which was sustained by local teenager Kalani David, 16. David's heat was held early in the day during the peak of the swell. Conditions were giant and intimidating to say the least, but he threw it all on the line in a bid to prove his place in the lineup.
David's worst wipeout came after a late takeoff that saw him lose his footing before getting absolutely pummeled by a cascade of water.
Local ocean scientist Pat Caldwell, of Honolulu's NOAA office, took a look at imagery of David's wipeout and estimated the volume of the wave above him to be at 180 cubic feet.
At 64 pounds of pressure per cubic foot, that equates to more than 11,000 pounds of water unloading on the youngster. While it spelled the end of the road for Kalani in this event, he gained major credibility and can rest easy knowing he never cowered.
"No words can describe how worked you get. There's no words to describe it. You get tumbled and held under and your back starts to hurt. I'm still breathing hard. I'm dizzy", says David.
"I just took off underneath the lip and my front foot slipped and I never had that happen before. Right when I fell it was like 'no, this isn't about to happen'. I was actually more embarrassed than I was scared because I face planted and my jersey ripped off. So embarrassing".
2013 Vans World Cup of Surfing | Round of 96
H1: Ian Walsh (HAW) 14.17pts ; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 11.27pts ; Charles Martin (GLP) 9.83pts ; Conner Coffin (USA) 9.70pts
H2: Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 13.53pts ; Jay Thompson (AUS) 13.16pts ; Jesse Mendes (BRA) 11.06pts ; Makai McNamara (HAW) 9.53pts
H3: Ryan Callinan ((AUS) 14.33pts ; Hank Gaskell (HAW) 10.76pts ; Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 10.60pts ; Dion Atkinson (AUS) 9.43pts
H4: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 15.50pts ; Ian Gentil (HAW) 14.23pts ; Kalani David (HAW) 10.97pts ; Stu Kennedy 9.23pts
H5: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 14.90pts ; Frederico Morais (PRT) 14.oopts ; Yadin Nicol (AUS) 8.90pts ; Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 3.17pts
H6: Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 13.07pts ; Joshua Moniz (HAW) 10.70pts ; Marco Frenandez (BRA) 10.57pts ; Seth Moniz (HAW) 6.56pts
H7: Brian Toth (PRI) 12.87pts ; Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 12.40pts ; Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 12.27pts ; Cooper Chapman (AUS) 6.36pts
H8: Gavin Gillette (HAW) 15.16pts ; Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 15.07pts ; Chris Ward (USA) 10.06pts ; Matt Banting (AUS) 8.86pts
H9: Heitor Alves (BRA) 12.77pts ; Krystian Kymerson (BRA) 11.00pts ; Dale Staples (ZAF) 10.63pts ; Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 9.00pts
H10: Torrey Meister (HAW) 15.33pts ; Joan Duru (FRA) 15.24pts ; Alex Smith (HAW) 12.60pts ; Marc Lacomare (FRA) 12.37pts
H11: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 14.00pts ; Willian Cardoso (BRA) 12.27pts ; Keanu Asing (HAW) 9.50pts ; Thiago Camarao (BRA) 6.53pts
H12: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 18.33pts ; Wade Carmichael (AUS) 14.97pts ; Davey Cathels (AUS) 13.33pts ; Marcus Hickman (HAW) 8.16pts
H13: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 17.50pts ; Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 17.03pts ; Tom Whitaker (AUS) 13.42pts ; Koa Smith (HAW) 12.53pts
H14: Tim Reyes (USA) 15.50pts ; Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 13.87pts ; Aritz Aranburu (EUK) 11.33pts ; Nathan Florence (HAW) 11.03pts
H15: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 15.67pts ; Joel Centeio (HAW) 14.33pts ; Ian Gouveia (BRA) 7.23pts ; Nathan Hedge (AUS) 6.50pts
H16: Nathan Yeomans (USA) 11.90pts Ricardo Christie (NZL) 10.93pts ; David Do Carmo (BRA) 7.24pts ; Tomas Hermes (BRA) 2.63pts