HIC PRO SIGNALS START TO HAWAII'S WINTER SURF SEASON
Official Local Qualifier for $1M Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Series
October 29 ~ November 10, 2012
Sunset Beach, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
HONOLULU (Oct. 17, 2012) -- On the heels of the first major winter swell to hit the Hawaiian Islands, the HIC PRO presented by VANS will launch the 2012/13 North Shore big wave winter competition season on October 29, running through November 10. The HIC PRO is a $95,000 4-star rated Association of Surfing Professionals event.
A vital launching pad for local rising surf stars, the HIC PRO is a local qualifier for the 30th Anniversary $1million Vans Triple Crown of Surfing that will follow from November 12 through December 20.
A total of 144 surfers from 13 nations will compete in the HIC PRO, with a 50 per cent representation by local Hawaii surfers. The 4-star rating of the event makes it a critical source of ASP ratings points for all who have entered. Athletes will come from as far away as Argentina, France, and Australia.
The defending champion of the HIC PRO is Ezekiel Lau - a junior-aged surfer who just this week placed second in the ASP World Junior Championships in Bali. The newly crowned ASP World Junior champion - Australia's Jack Freestone - is also entered into the event.
Other notable HIC PRO contenders include Hawaii's Sebastian Zietz, 6-time Vans Triple Crown champion Sunny Garcia, former HIC Pro champions Billy Kemper, Pancho Sullivan and Myles Padaca, and Maui's Ian Walsh and Clay Marzo. International contenders include #1 seed Jean De Silva (Brazil), former world champion Mark Occhilupo (Australia), and Joan Duru (France).
The HIC PRO will be webcast live at www.vans.com/hicpro, and broadcast on Oceanic Time Warner Cable in Hawaii and on the US West Coast:
- Hawaii: Channels 250 & 1250HD - depending upon Coldwater Classic World Tour event broadcast priority. Full live coverage from 10/29/12 - 11/2/12, and tape delay coverage from 11/2/12 through 11/10/12.
- Los Angeles, San Diego, Desert Cities: delayed broadcast, sunday, 12/2/12
- Delayed broadcast on Time Warner Cable SportsNet (check local listings)
About HIC - Hawaiian Island Creations:
Hawaii's biggest and best selection of surf gear - since 1971 HIC has provided Hawaii with quality surfboards, skateboards, clothing and accessories - by surfers, for surfers. Locally owned and operated, the HIC retail chain includes eleven stores across Oahu, Maui and Hawaii and two in Japan. Through a commitment to quality, service and aloha spirit, the brand has built a reputation as an icon of Hawaiian surfing recognized throughout the world. Enjoy the ride!
About Vans Surf:
Official HIC PRO event gear available at HIC stores in Hawaii and hicsurf.com
About Vans Surf:
Vans supports and promotes surfing and surfers through a full line of footwear and apparel and events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the ASP 4-Star Vans Pier Classic at Huntington Beach and the ASP 6-Star Vans Pro and Vans Pro Junior at the East Coast Surfing Championships and the progressive longboard Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational contests. The Vans Surf team is led by a talented group of riders including Nathan Fletcher, John Florence, Joel Tudor, Dane Reynolds, Pat, Dane and Tanner Gudauskas, Ivan and Nathan Florence, Alex Knost, Andrew Doheny, Dylan Graves, Kalani Chapman, Wade Goodall and Leila Hurst. For more information on Vans' surf happenings, our team plus our footwear and apparel, visit vanssurf.com and follow us on Twitter @vanssurf.