Not a big decision to make this morning for Randy Rarick. After dusting the arduous rounds 1 and 2 in big tricky Sunset over the last two days, the swell has eased for the time being.
Lay day it is.
The forecast is looking stellar, with a new long period NW groundswell filling in throughout the day tomorrow which could have competition underway by mid-day. Thursday is looking bigger, with stronger trade winds to match. Friday sees a slight decrease in swell, and much smoother conditions.
With good waves on the way, let’s turn our attention to the matchups, shall we?
Round 3 is the last of the three seeded rounds, where the top seeds are placed, 2 per heat. Lots of big world tour names taking on underrated Hawaiians. This being Hawaii, and specifically Sunset, the playing field has become very very even.
Hawaiian youngster Zeke Lau will take on Jordy Smith in heat 1. Lau has been on a tear lately, making his first WQS push this year. Last week in Haleiwa he miss making his round 4 heat by less than a point after nabbing a near-buzzer beater. The cameras were glued to him as the score was read and he smashed his board against a tree. This kid has the ability, the talent, and the temper to be our next Sunny Garcia.
As you gaze down the draw you’ll notice some more big names matched up against some deadly ones. Evan Valiere, Jamie O’brien, Kekoa Bacalso, Pancho Sullivan, Ola Eleogram, Kalani Chapman, Ian Walsh, the list goes on. Names you usually only hear during the holidays, and in conditions like what’s forecasted, world rankings become amazingly insignificant.
Also, the last heat of the day features Dane Reynolds up against Julian Wilson. (plus Hank Gaskell, yet another underrated and deadly Hawaiian)
Adriano de Souza
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