2008 Xcel Pro Presented By Honolua Final Day Is On; Watch It Live

Champion to be Decided Today at Sunset Beach

Xcel Pro

HALEIWA, OAHU, HAWAII – November 6, 2008 – The 4-Star ASP WQS 2008 Xcel Pro Presented By Honolua will be decided today with the third and final day of competition.

A new swell has put Sunset in the 6′ to 8′ range, and is expected to steadily build through the day.

Action begins with Heat 16 of Round 3, scheduled to paddle out at 9:00 AM HST, and will continue with all of Round 4, quarterfinals, semifinals, and the concluding final heat.

Watch for 2007 Xcel Pro champion Joel Centeio as he looks to defend his title after strong performances last week on Days 1 and 2. Looking to challenge Centeio for the crown are 2007 Xcel Pro finalist and Sunset specialist Makua Rothman, three-time Xcel Pro winner Pancho Sullivan, and 2006 Xcel Pro winner Evan Valiere, one of the few goofy-footers left in the competition.

Tune in LIVE at http://xcelpro.xcelwetsuits.com as the streaming Webcast delivers real-time competition, instant replays, results, and much more.

This year’s winner of the 25th anniversary Xcel Pro will take home $10,000 and valuable late-year ASP WQS points as the North Shore gears up for the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

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.

About Xcel
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.
Robin Kloc
Xcel International, Inc.
Phone: (808) 637-6239