Sunset Fires and The Boys Go Off
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing started up again yesterday with Sunset offering up classic conditions and a building swell through the day. We had 11 surfers enter the Round of 128 yesterday and 9 advanced, with each surfer putting on a great display of competitive surfing.
The standout heat of the day belongs to the youngest in the group, Seth Moniz who found 2 clean barrels and backed them up with big, manly turns to take a decisive heat win over a field much older than him. You could hear the entire Moniz family hooting with each barrel and turn all the way from the mainland.
"I've been surfing this wave since I was 10," Seth said. "And 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."
The event is off for today, but could be back on as soon as tomorrow. Follow along with us on Instagram and Twitter for live updates from the Billabong team.
Ryan Callinan was the second Billabong surfer of the day and put on an impressive backhand display in the tricky morning tide to advance into Round 2. Photo: ASP/Kirstin
Jack Freestone surfed in the same heat as Seth, and while Jack didn't make his heat...he definitely had the best board caddie in the event. Photo: ASP/Cestari
Ian Gentil recently put out a clip that has been garnering comparisons to AI, this bottom turn only helps fuel the conversation. Photo: ASP/Kirstin
Kaimana Jaquias turned out some powerful turns that sent buckets wayyyy out the back. Photo: ASP/Cestari
Isaiah Moniz was the only Moniz brother to not advance, but it wasn't for lack of trying or skill; sometimes luck is just not on your side. Photo: ASP/Kirstin
Josh Moniz cranked many turns off the top, each one more powerful than the next. Photo: ASP/Cestari
This barrel from Seth had the whole North Shore hooting for the young shredder and earned him the Heat of the Day title. What was even more impressive was the turn he put down after, the kid is tiny but he surfs like a big man. Photo: ASP/Cestari
Dale Staples from South Africa is no stranger to right hand points with a barrel and made that well known with his heat victory. Photo: ASP/Kirstin