Firing surf at the 2015 Vans World Cup

November 30, 2015 | Surfing
Vans World Cup: spectacular waves at Sunset Beach | Photo: Masurel/WSL

The second day of competition at the 2015 Vans World Cup of Surfing got underway in spectacular Hawaiian conditions, with waves hitting 20 feet plus.

In one of the most exciting heats of Round 2, Ezekiel Lau, Jamie O'Brien, Patrick Gudauskas and Leonardo Fioravanti used all their knowledge to tackle the big surf and move through to the next phase.

Lau, who was chasing a semifinal finish at Sunset Beach to requalify for the Championship Tour, fell .06 points short to O'Brien's final ride, and will give all he's got in the upcoming Pipe Invitational.

“I wasn't expecting to get barreled; I actually went out there trying not to get barreled because I feel like it's too high risk. But that wave was sick, Jamie tried to pull in to the one before it and just missed it, so I figured I had priority, and I just knifed it super hard and it kind of did the watermelon seeds squirt out," said Gudauskas, winner of the heat.

"It was cool. Probably my favorite heat to see on paper; Jamie and Zeke and Leo were surfing incredibly the whole time. It was so sick; I was psyching."

Joel Centeio also did quite well. The Hawaiian got an 8.83 and moved through to Round 3 alongside Vasco Ribeiro, the young talent from Portugal. Centeio would love to win the Vans World Cup, once again.

"It would mean the world. I'm into Round 3 now and the waves are big, and I'm pretty comfortable when it's like this. It's just one of those things. You got to get out there, it's Sunset, it's challenging. Every heat is different, so I just have to adjust and make do and keep making those heats," added Centeio.

Costa Rica is very well represented. Noe Mar McGonagle advanced into the Round of 64, and Carlos Munoz did it too. His dream is to compete at the highest level.

"I've always been dreaming to be on the World Tour, and I'm going to keep on hunting that dream. I just want to keep surfing; this is my last event of the year, and I hope I can keep going and keep making heats and in the end I hope my surfing talks better than me and keeps going," concluded Munoz.

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