Hank Gaskell Wins The 2011 Sponsor Me Sunset Open Presented By Da Hui
$10,000 1-star ASP event
Official Qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
Sunset Beach, HAWAII – (January 19, 2011) — Hana, Maui's Hank Gaskell, 24, put on a stellar performance to take out the Sponsor Me Sunset Open presented by Da Hui. Gaskell reveled in Sunset's 4-8 foot wave faces despite the changing conditions due to a building swell. Gaskell was in perfect rhythm with the ocean to secure his second ASP victory of his career with both wins coming at Sunset Beach.
Gaskell proved that he was the inform surfer of the event as he won all five of his heats that he contested throughout the 2 day $10,000 event. The final was as stacked as could be and included Gaskell, 24, Joel Centeio, 27, Ian Walsh, 27, and Myles Padaca, all previous Xcel Pro champions with Padaca being the defending Sponsor Me Sunset Open champion.
The 35-minute final was action packed from the get go with Centeio posting a 7.0, Gaskell a 6.4 and Padaca a 5.75 out of 10 points. Walsh who started slow struck back with two good rides totaling 12.65 for a fourth place finish. Centeio backed up his first ride with a solid 6.0 back up score and held the lead going into the closing minutes of the final.
With time counting down both Gaskell and Padaca were able to muster waves and find the tube to secure their second solid scoring rides. As time counted down and the scores came in Padaca posted a 7.1 and Gaskell a 7.25. The results literally came down to the buzzer with only one point separated all four finalists heat totals of 13.65 for Gaskell in first to 12.65 points out of 20 for Walsh in fourth.
"I'm can't believe that I won!" expressed Gaskell. Hank was in sheer shock when news that he'd won hit the beach. "I'm so stoked that I won, I've been working really hard for this and it all paid off." Gaskell cashed in on $2,500 for his efforts and will take this momentum on into the upcoming Volcom Pipeline Pro, January 24 – February 5.
The Ubiquity Broadcasting Corporation backhaul technology broke the boundaries of webcasting at this year's event with live in-water audio commentary from competitors, caddies and water patrol. It was the goal of Chris Carmichael, CEO of Ubiquity Broadcasting and his crew to bring the action right to the viewing audience and they did just that.
Thanks to Sponsor Me, Da Hui, SONY, Ubiquity Broadcasting and Tamba Surf Company for their support of such an awesome event. We look forward to viewing all of Ubiquity's greatness in their next event on the South Shore of Hawaii at the Sponsor Me Ala Moana contest in June of this year.