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The O’Neill World Cup of Surfing – the final World Qualifying Event on the 2008 ASP World Tour

The O’Neill World Cup of Surfing is the second of three stops that comprise the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. It is also the final World Qualifying event on the 2008 ASP World Tour.

It began on the 24th November at Sunset Beach, Hawaii, and continues until 6th December.

The $815,000 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing consists of the Reef Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, Nov. 12-23 (6* WQS, men and women), the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach, Nov.24-Dec.6 (6*WQS men), The Roxy Pro, Sunset Beach, Nov.24-Dec.6 (WCT women), the Billabong Pipeline Masters (men), Pipeline, Dec. 8-20 (WCT); and the Billabong Pro Maui (women), Honolua Bay, Maui, Dec. 8-20 (WCT).

Sunset Beach throws a multitude of challenges at the surfers.

“The conditions just change so much. I mean, yesterday in the morning we had two swells. Yesterday, in the afternoon I had one really good West Bowl and today we got North. That’s the beautiful thing about Sunset, it throws so many different things at you, you have to be prepared” says Markus Hickman, 29, who is a native of this beach. “This is my backyard. This is my favorite area to surf. I love the different looks it gives you. It’s like a skate park out there some days. Some days it’s big barrels. Pipeline is one big perfect wave and this is a little bit different because it has so many different looks that’s why I love it out here.”

Not surprisingly, though this in no way detracts from his skill, experience helped Hickman, and he managed to achieve the highest heat total of the day, 16.50 out of 20. He also posted the highest scoring wave of the day, an 8.33 out of 10.score.

Thanks to ASPWorldTour for the video.

Do you remember us talking about Sally Fitzgibbons in an earlier blog? nice to see she’s holding her own and doing well isn’t it. Youngest person on the tour, but apparently unphased by that and fearless.

ASPWorldTour again.

However the hopes of 13 ASP World Qualifying surfers of making the cut for the elite 2009 ASP World Tour were dashed at Sunset today as they were eliminated from the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing. As the final World Qualifying event on the 2008 ASP World Tour, this was their last hope of securing the ratings points required to make the leap up. Extremely difficult surf in the 8 – 12 foot range (wave face heights of up to 20 feet) made it particularly tough for those under pressure.

The surfers who failed to make the cut today were: Brett Simpson (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Heitor Alves (BRA), Shaun Cansdell (AUS), Pablo Paulino (BRA), Nathan Yeomans (USA), Leonardo Neves (BRA), Leigh Sedley (AUS), Adam Meilling AUS), Adam Robertson (AUS) and Pedro Henrique (BRA).

And we’ll finish with another video (twobikeminimum ) of the tumultuous and leaden seas and difficult conditions that have been seen at Sunset Beach in the last few days…

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