2010 Reef Hawaiian Pro Wrap-Up
(Carlsbad, CA)- November 23rd, 2010 -The 6-Star Prime 2010 Reef Hawaiian Pro has come to a close but the first gem of the Van's Triple Crown has left an indelible mark on the North Shore this winter season. Global Miss Reef's running a muck, legendary rivalries re-uniting, star studded heats with world champs, local Hawaiian heroes and a monster comeback victory from a Cooly Kid were just a few of the highlights. If you couldn't catch all the action, here is a run-down of what made the 2010 Reef Hawaiian Pro an event to remember.
The 2010 Reef Hawaiian Pro kicked off with eleven Miss Reef hopefuls from Peru, Argentina, Panama, The Netherlands, Indonesia, and Barbados and all over the U.S., for the first ever World Miss Reef Hawaiian Pro presented by Seven Tiki Rum. Miss Reef Panama, Betzaida Herrera, eventually won over the judges, the spectators and the 250,000 viewers watching the live webcast from home to nab the first ever World Miss Reef title. Betzaida took home $5,000 and is guaranteed a spot in the 2012 Miss Reef Calendar.
The post World Miss Reef excitement carried into the next day as a huge swell greeted competitors for opening day of the Reef Hawaiian Pro. Day one saw what excellent conditions of a building North West swell means in Haleiwa speak…. 12-16 foot face waves with the occasional 20 footer and set after set of golden opportunity for the world's elite to showcase their talent. The Hawaii contingent was blaringly evident with local knowledge from Torrey Meister (The Big Island), John John Florence (Haleiwa) and Reef's Sean Moody (Haleiwa) factoring into the top scores of the day.
Day one of the Reef Hawaiian Pro also saw the launch of the first ever Reef "Clash of the Legends" presented by Bud Light Lime. Former world champs, Tom Carroll (USA), 46, Tom Curren (AUS), 44, Mark Occhilupo (AUS), 44 and Sunny Garcia (HAW), 40; donned their personalized retro singlets for the first round of the special Reef exhibition. The rivalries picked up right where they left off as the enamored Haleiwa crowd cheered on these remarkable icons of surfing. The exhibition turned ultra competitive when Sunny Garcia incurred an interference after dropping in on Tom Carroll. Sunny earned the lowest score of the heat, but it wouldn't be the last word from the 6-time Van's Triple Crown winner and former ASP World Champion.
Heading into the mid- point of the Reef Hawaiian Pro, best mates Joel "Parko" Parkinson and Mick Fanning immediately made their presence at Haleiwa known. After taking off the better part of 2010 nursing an agonizing foot injury, defending Van's Triple Crown Champion, Joel Parkinson, lit up the field scoring a perfect 10 in double overhead Haleiwa. Parko sealed up the heat with a 9.87, for an overall score of 19.87 out of a possible 20, the highest total score of the event. Heading into the round of 64, 2 x World Champ, Mick Fanning, entered the stage and left his mark in the hottest match of the round scoring a 9.37 and an 8.17.
Heading into the last day of the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the final round of the Reef "Clash of the legends" took place in dramatic form. Carroll, Curren, Occy and Garcia headed out into the water one last time for a chance at the $20,000 prize purse. Sunny got lucky and scored with three set waves, leaving the remaining competitors with little to work with from the fading swell. By the end of the 30-minute heat, Sunny had racked up enough points to push him into first place, winning the first ever Reef "Clash of the Legends" title. Mark "Occy" Occhilupo took runner up, followed closely by Tom Curren, with Tom Carroll taking fourth.
The final of the Reef Hawaiian Pro men's competition took place immediately after Sunny and the boys were awarded on stage and would include Joel Parkinson (AUS), defending Reef Hawaiian Pro winner Joel Centeio (HAW), Julian Wilson (AUS) and Heath Joske (AUS). Parko's energy and form from his first heat to his last proved to be too much for the other competitors to contend with, that, as well as a sluggish swell making scoring opportunities few and far between. Parko's combined score of 15.00 in the final heat was enough to secure the Reef Hawaiian Pro victory, and set him on his way to a Van's Triple Crown of Surfing campaign.
Congratulations to all the competitors of the 2010 Reef Hawaiian Pro!