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Beyrick de Vries posts sensational performances at Sunset Beach in Hawaii

December 1st, 2013
Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) slots into a giant tube at Sunset Beach, Hawaii, that earned him a perfect 10 point score in the Vans World Cup of Surfing yesterday  Credit: ASP / Cestari

Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) slots into a giant tube at Sunset Beach, Hawaii, that earned him a perfect 10 point score in the Vans World Cup of Surfing yesterday Credit: ASP / Cestari

South Africa’s Beyrick de Vries, who yesterday stunned the surfing world when he posted a perfect 10 point ride on what has been described as the ‘biggest and best biggest barrel in the storied 50 year history of surfing competition at Sunset Beach’ in Hawaii, followed that up earlier today by winning his Round of 64 heat in the Vans World Cup of Surfing and moving into the last 32 in the final ASP Prime rated event of the 2013 season.

What makes these feats truly remarkable is that De Vries, who turns 21 in a fortnight, is competing in his first event at Sunset Beach, notorious for its huge ‘playing field’ which makes wave selection difficult even for those that live there and ride the spot every time it breaks.

Competing in waves that reached 20 foot (six metres) on the face, de Vries showed supreme skills in manoeuvring his way into, and out of, a massive tube yesterday. Today, in just his third heat at the break, he caught and rode the best waves in his 30 minute encounter to defeat local standout Olamana Eleogram (HAW) as the pair eliminated 2000 ASP World Champion and former Sunset Beach winner CJ Hobgood (USA) along with current No. 18 on the World Rankings, Jadsen Andre (BRA).

“It’s pretty much a 55 hour travel here on a plane and costs you pretty much half your budget,” said De Vries after his 10 point ride yesterday. “Living here is expensive and you kind of doubt it all, but then you get one wave like that and everything’s worth it. It’s all worth it, I’m stoked.”

Interviewed after today’s heat victory the Umhlanga resident humbly professed that he didn’t know how he was doing so well and that he was just having fun before going on to say that he was proud to be representing South Africa and thanking his board caddy Jake Patterson (AUS), all his friends back in SA and the water-patrol who were a great confidence booster, particularly in the giant surf yesterday.

When competition resumes De Vries will be up against CJ Hobgood’s twin brother (USA), New Zealand’s Ricardo Christie and current ASP WCT No. 5 Taj Burrow (AUS) with the top two progressing to the last 16, which would match the Umhlanga resident’s best result in a Prime rated event.

Coming into this event ranked No. 50 on the ASP World Tour rankings, De Vries needs to progress through three more heats to reach the final here to give himself a chance of qualifying for the 2014 ASP World Championship Tour which features the world’s top 34 ranked surfers.

See video footage of De Vries’ historic 10 point ride and post heat interview at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tNTmvsxuPT8

Dale Staples (St Francis Bay), who was one of the top performers during last week’s Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa where he finished equal 17th overall, was eliminated in the Round of 96 at Sunset yesterday. Current ASP WCT No. 23 Travis Logie (Durban), the only other South African in the event, was ousted when he placed fourth in his tightly contested, low scoring Round of 64 heat today.

The Vans World Cup of Surfing is likely to be completed later today in smaller one to 1.5 metre waves at Sunset Point. All the action can be followed live at http://www.vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com/vansworldcupofsurfing2013/live starting at approximately 8.30pm South African time.

Vans World Cup of Surfing

Round of 64 (1st & 2nd advance; 3rd=33rd; 4th=49th)
H1: Jay Thompson (AUS) 12.37pts ; Ian Walsh (HAW) 11.84pts ; Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.17pts ; Granger Larsen (HAW) 5.67pts
H2: Adam Melling (AUS) 11.30pts Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 10.54pts ; Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.07pts ; Hodei Collazo (EUK) 7.26pts
H3: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.77pts ; Ian Gentil (HAW) 14.27pts ; Kolohe Andino (USA) 12.10pts ; Ryan Callinan (AUS) 9.75pts
H4: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 13.17pts ; Hank Gaskell (HAW) 12.73.pts ; Nat Young (USA) 11.16pts ; Mitch Crews (AUS) 3.24pts
H5: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 15.00pts ; Caio Ibelli (BRA) 14.03pts ; Adriano De Souza (BRA) 13.14pts ; Joshua Moniz (HAW) 12.63pts
H6: Frederico Morais (PRT) 14.73pts ; John John Florence (HAW) 14.67pts ; Mitchel Coleborn (AUS) 11.10pts ; Kieren Perrow (AUS) 9.06pts
H7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.60pts ; Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 15.50pts ; Brian Toth (PRI) 11.33pts ; Brett Simpson (USA) 9.20pts
H8: Gavin Gilette (HAW) 11.40pts ; Kalani Chapman (HAW) 9.50pts ; Mick Fanning (AUS) 7.74pts ; Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 4.00pts
H9: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.37pts ; Dane Reynolds (USA) 14.00pts ; Heitor Alves (BRA) 11.64pts ; Joan Duru (FRA) 7.50pts
H10: Torrey Meister (HAW)10.54pts ; Krystian Kymerson (BRA)9.90pts ; Matt Wilkinson (AUS)9.80pts ; Travis Logie (ZAF)7.83pts
H11: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 14.73pts ; Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 14.00pts ; Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.57pts ; Dusty Payne (HAW) 4.17pts
H12: Kiron Jabour (HAW) 13.56pts ; Alejo Muniz (BRA) 12.40pts ; Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.16pts ; William Cardoso (BRA) 11.60pts
H13: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 14.00pts ; Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 13.46pts ; CJ Hobgood (USA) 13.07pts ; Jadson Andre (BRA) 7.10pts
H14: Damien Hobgood (USA) 15.20pts ; Tim Reyes (USA) 14.67pts ; Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.67pts ; Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 12.50pts
H15: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 16.46pts ; Ricardo Christie (NZL) 14.70pts ; Miguel Pupo (BRA) 14.40pts ; Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 14.04pts
H16: Joel Centeio (HAW) 16.37pts ; Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.37pts ; Nathan Yeomans (USA) 11.77pts ; Mason Ho (HAW) 11.00pts


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