Tanner Gudauskas

Today was life-changing for 21 year old Tanner Gudauskas, The young surfer from San Clemente earned enough points to compete next year in the WCT.

But he's not the only Gudauskas to leave for the CT, he'll be joining up with his older brother Pat, who earned his spot on the tour what only feels like moments ago. Only by coincidence, in the round of 32 at the O'Neill World Cup, all three brothers found themselves in a heat together with Mason Ho.

"That hasn't happened since high school" says Dane. The G-Bro's cheering section was complete with their parents, teammate Dylan Graves, and hometown friend Nate Yeomans. Since Pat had already secured his spot on the WCT, him and Dane knew their little brother was in position to make it, so it came as no shock that he got all the good waves, and came out on top. Pat finished up the heat with a total score of 2.64.

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2009 O'Neill World Cup of Surfing'

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 6-Star PRIME O’Neill World Cup of Surfing can lay claim to running in the largest surf ever contested in the 27-year history of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink.

Waves were at the outside limit of contestable, topping out this morning at 20 to 25 feet and often closing out totally across the bay. But with a fore for even larger swells on the way, it was full steam ahead. Organizers anticipate that the final day of competition will be held tomorrow. With very little beach remaining, there is serious concern that all remaining sand will be lost to Saturday’s extra-large swell.

Six-time Vans Triple Crown champion and two-time O’Neill World Cup champion Sunny Garcia (HI) was about the only surfer smiling when he stepped onto what remained of the beach. He advanced to the quarter finals and is in good shape to have a shot at his 7th Triple Crown title, which boasts an added $50,000 bonus this winter.

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Maya Gabeira

A brand new Ride of the Year entry video is now posted of Brazilian Maya Gabeira on what's clearly one of the heaviest tubes ever by a female. There are also tons of other entries just in including all the latest Maverick's paddle bombs vying for the Monster Paddle Award, and an Oregon slab slides that just went plain wrong in the Monster Tube division.

But it would appear that all of this so far has been a mere tune-up for the Main Event as the El Nino winter begins to get serious in the North Pacific.

The world's best big wave surfers are all watching Surfline.com for the latest data on the forecasted storm, and so far things are remaining rather positive for an exceptional swell event for every major big wave break in the Hawaiian Islands and the West Coast for early next week.

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