New swell on the horizon for Sunset Beach…
HALEIWA, OAHU, HAWAII – November 3, 2008 – The 2008 Xcel Pro Presented by Honolua is off for today, with the third and final day of competition likely to run later this week.
With the holding period open through Monday, November 10, a new west swell is forecast for Sunset Beach and should produce 6′ faces by Thursday or Friday.
Still in the hunt for the 2008 Xcel Pro title are defending 2007 champion Joel Centeio, 2006 champion Evan Valiere, and a slew of top Hawaiians including Makua Rothman, Ola Eleogram, and three-time Xcel Pro winner Pancho Sullivan.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Xcel Pro continues its tradition of kicking off the North Shore winter surf season, where young up-and-comers test their mettle at one of the toughest big-wave venues around.
With a 4-Star ASP rating and deep local roots, the Xcel Pro draws mainland and international competitors, while staying true to its tradition as a prime opportunity for rising Hawaiian stars. Over 3/4 of the field remaining in this year’s Xcel Pro are from Hawaii.
The winner of the 2008 Xcel Pro will take home $10,000 and valuable late-year ASP WQS points heading into the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Day 3 action will begin with Heat 16 of Round 3, and will continue with all of Round 4, quarterfinals, semifinals, and the concluding final heat.
For daily status updates and results, check out http://xcelpro.xcelwetsuits.com.
Xcel Pro Past Champions
1984 Kerry Terukina
1985 Denton Miyamura
1986 Hans Hedemann
1987 Ronnie Burns
1988 Michael Ho
1989 Richard Schmidt
1990 Michael Ho
1991 Michael Ho
1992 Sunny Garcia
1993 Kaipo Jaquias
1994 Derek Ho
1995 Kaipo Jaquias
1996 Michael Ho
1997 Andy Irons
1998 Pancho Sullivan
1999 Bruce Irons
2000 Pancho Sullivan
2001 Gavin Beschen
2002 Fred Pattachia
2003 Pancho Sullivan
2004 Fred Pattachia
2005 Ian Walsh
2006 Evan Valiere
2007 Joel Centeio
About the Xcel Pro
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the 2008 Xcel Pro Presented by Honolua is a 4-Star ASP WQS event with a $80,000 purse, drawing pros and amateurs alike to world-class Sunset Beach along the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
Honolua Surf Co. is the presenting sponsor of the 2008 event. Specializing in surf apparel, Honolua Surf Co. celebrates the lifestyle of watermen and women, and has retail stores throughout Oahu and the Hawaiian islands.
Joining Honolua are associate sponsors Kustom Footwear, VonZipper eyewear and accessories, and Fuel TV. Fuel TV, the only cable network celebrating the lifestyle and culture of action sports, will produce the official Xcel Pro television special airing exclusively on their network (www.fuel.tv) on Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 8:00 PM ET/PT during the Surf Spot.
Surfing Live produces this year’s Webcast, streaming live action and results to viewers around the world. Vitamin Water and Surf News Network, Oahu’s local surf forecasting service and the official contest hotline at 808-596-SURF, also support the event.
For more, please visit the contest Web site at http://xcelpro.xcelwetsuits.com.
Founded in 1982, Xcel International, Inc. (Xcel) is a global wetsuit brand distributed throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim. Headquartered on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, Xcel’s core wetsuit business focuses on the cutting edge of material and design development. Xcel’s primary markets include surf, dive, wakeboard, paddle, and sun (UV Performance Gear).
In addition to its North Shore office, Xcel has retail stores on Oahu, Maui, and Kauai, and a warehouse/repair facility in California.
To learn more about Xcel, please visit www.xcelwetsuits.com.