Live Action and Scores from Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach, Hawai’i, Oct. 25, 2005–The 22nd Annual XCEL Pro presented by No Fear will begin its 15-day waiting period on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005. According to Surfline.com, there is an possible 4 to 6-foot swell out of the North Pacific, scheduled to hit Sunset on the first day of the waiting period, with potentially bigger waves forecasted for next week. This past weekend, surfers were able to get a practice session at Sunset as 20-foot faces bombarded the North Shore. The $50,000 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 3-star World Qualifying Series (WQS) event traditionally marks the beginning of the winter surf season in Hawai’i, attracting 140 of the world’s top surfers to the first-class waves at Sunset Beach.
This year, 60 percent of the XCEL Pro competitors are Hawaiian rippers, while the remaining 40 percent are from the U.S. mainland, Australia, Japan, South Africa, Puerto Rico and Peru. XCEL will put you closer to the action than ever before with two land cameras and a water camera delivering live feed of this international competition to the webcast, plus instant replay options, provided by surfinglive.com.
The XCEL Pro serves as a prime opportunity for surfing’s best amateurs and aspiring pros to showcase their talent and follow in the foot steps of XCEL Pro past winners world champions Derek Ho, Sunny Garcia and three-time world champion Andy Irons plus Bruce Irons, Pancho Sullivan, and the 2004 XCEL Pro champion Fred Patacchia. With valuable ASP ratings points for world tour qualification at stake and a steadily rising level of competition each year, the 2005 XCEL Pro presented by No Fear promises to be one of the most exciting events of the season.
Hawaiian surfers looking to go big this year are Nathan Carroll, Marcus Hickman, Joel Centeio, Jamie O’Brien, Ian Walsh, Brian Pacheco, and Mikey Bruneau who all have the Sunset savvy to win.
The $2,000 Lei Lei’s Longboard Expression Session will feature the world’s most progressive longboarders in an exhibition of high-performance longboarding in big surf. Some of the world’s top longboarders will perform radical, hybrid maneuvers through Sunset’s critical and often unforgiving sections.
Surfline.com is the official web forecaster for the 2005 XCEL Pro presented by No Fear.
For more information visit xcelwetsuits.com .
XCEL PRO Past Champions
1985 Denton Miyamura
1987 Ronnie burns
1989 Richard Schmidt
1991 Michael Ho
1993 Kaipo Jaquias
1995 Kaipo Jaquias
1997 Any Irons
1999 Bruce Irons
2001 Gavin Beschen
2003 Pancho Sullivan
1986 Hans Hedemann
1988 Michael Ho
1990 Michael Ho
1992 Sunny Garcia
1994 Derek Ho
1996 Michael Ho
1998 Pancho Sullivan
2000 Pancho Sullivan
2002 Fred Pattachia
2004 Fred Pattachia
About XCEL WETSUITS
Established in 1982 in Hawaii on Oahu’s North Shore XCEL is a worldwide wetsuit brand that is distributed throughout the U.S. and 16 countries. XCEL’s markets include surfing, diving, wake boarding and sun protection. For more information please go to www.xcelwetsuits.com
Surfline is the leading provider of surf report and forecast information to consumers, businesses and government agencies worldwide. Headquartered in Huntington Beach, California, Surfline delivers timely, accurate and comprehensive data on a daily basis via phone, fax, wireless web and the Internet.
The next level of live surf entertainment is here. SurfingLive.com is a live cam events network that believes in quality first. SurfingLive.com features high quality surf cams, live events and a complete on-demaand video center.
For more information
Please go to www.xcelwetsuits.com and click on the Xcel Pro logo. When the event waiting period commences, Surf News Network Hotline will be the official surfline for the contest (808-596-SURF).