Big waves and even bigger career implications will converge tomorrow to create an immense amount of pressure and drama as the second stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS), the Vans World Cup, concludes in XL surf at Sunset Beach.
On the final day of the holding period, the Vans World Cup will crown an event winner along with the 2018 VTCS Rookie, and possibly the prestigious 2018 VTCS Champion as well. The current VTCS front runner is World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), who has claimed three consecutive VTCS titles and already won the first stop of the 2018 VTCS, the Hawaiian Pro, on November 17.
As the final event of the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS), tomorrow's final day at the Vans World Cup will also determine the roster of athletes that have qualified for the 2019 Men's Championship Tour after a year of highly-competitive surfing across the globe.
Names to keep an eye on as these stories unfold include:
- Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), QS ranking #8 (given current standings in Vans World Cup)
- Jadson Andre (BRA) #9
- Jesse Mendes (BRA) #10
- Soli Bailey (AUS) #12
- Jack Freestone (AUS) #16
- Miguel Pupo (BRA) #18
- Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) #27
- Tanner Gudauskas (USA) #34
- Joan Duru (FRA) #41
Opening the competition tomorrow at 8:00am HST will be 2015 Hawaiian Pro winner Wade Carmichael (AUS), 2017 VTCS Champion Griffin Colapinto, 3x VTCS Champion and World Champ Parkinson and QS contender Fioravanti in Round 4 Heat 1.
Surfline, Official Forecaster of the VTCS, is predicting today's large NW swell to ease some and shift a touch more northerly in direction. Surf becomes more manageable tomorrow, but still borderline maxed out on the biggest waves. Sets running 3-4 times + overhead with some even larger waves on occasion. Lots of water moving around, strong current running through the inside and outside on the Kammieland rip. Wind is predicted to be breezy easterlies veering ENE trades at 14-16kts.