Ezekiel Lau Wins Vans World Cup of Surfing

Body Glove Rider Takes Home Title At Sunset Beach

PRESS RELEASE:Redondo Beach, CA (December 2, 2013) – Body Glove International would like to congratulate its team rider, Ezekiel Lau, for winning the 35th annual Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach. This win marks the biggest feat for this young 20 year old Hawaiian, and an impressive beginning to his professional career. Yesterdays win puts Ezekiel Lau in 35th place in the ASP world rankings.

"We've seen this coming for a long time." said Body Glove Vice President of Marketing, Scott Daley. "Zeke has been one of the greatest competitive surfers since his early days in the NSSA when we started sponsoring him. Without a question his upbringing and education has played a key role in his success. Body Glove is proud to have Zeke a part of our family."

In the final heat, Raoni Monteiro, past World Cup of Surfing champion came out to an early lead. Lau battled back with a late tube ride to take the lead. His two wave combination of 15.5 (8.67 and 6.83) held off Hobgood with 14.3; Monteiro with 12.33, and Morais with 7.16.

Photo credit: Brent Bielmann

"To win at Sunset feels incredible." says Lau. "It's always been a dream of mine to win a major event in the triple crown and to have it actually happen is pretty amazing. I've had a long hard year competing on the QS and to have my first major victory come at home is the best thing I can think of. I couldnt have done it without the support of my family, friends, and sponsors!"

Ezekiel Lau joins a notable list of Hawaiian Vans World Cup of Surfing champions including: John John Florence, Makua Rothman, Andy Irons, Myles Padaca, Sunny Garcia, Shane Dorian, Johnny Gomes, Derek Ho, Hans Hedemann, Michael Ho, Dane Kealoha, and Buzzy Kerbox.

"No doubt he will be on the WCT shortly." says 2001 Vans Triple Crown Champion, Myles Padaca. “New aged Sunny Garcia destined to kick some ass and lead the young Hawaiians."

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About Body Glove:
Founded in 1953, Body Glove is a leading, worldwide water sports brand specializing in wetsuits, swimwear, clothing, footwear, accessories, and technology accessories. The company sponsors one of the most respected surf and wakeboard teams in the industry with such powerhouse names as pro surfers Jamie O'Brien, Cheyne Magnusson, Anthony Walsh, Alex Gray,Holly Beck and Guinness World Record Holder Garrett McNamara and wake boarders Rusty Malinoski, Harley Clifford, Bob Soven and Jeff McKee. Body Glove and Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society have formed a legendary alliance to help preserve and protect the ocean while providing ocean and diving geared equipment to water enthusiasts around the globe. Some of the proceeds from the sale of those products go directly to Ocean Futures Society. Through Reef Check, SIMA's environmental fund, and the Surfrider Foundation, Body Glove also works to preserve the purity of the waters it loves. Body Glove products are sold in the U.S. by a network of independent retailers. Body Glove is also sold in approximately 50 countries internationally.