Michel Bourez wins 2013 Reef Hawaiian Pro
Repeating his 2008 win, Michel Bourez was all business at the Reef Hawaiian Pro. "I feel great, I feel good in my body, and my boards are going well, and hopefully the waves will be good at Sunset," he said.
In the Triple Crown's 30-year history, it's been won 20 times by a Hawaiian. That puts Oahu's Freddy Patacchia, who took second in the final by less than a point, in a prime spot this year.
The first jewel of the Vans Triple Crown is in the books. Reef Hawaiian Pro finalists (left to right) Freddy Patacchia, Dion Atkinson, Jeremy Flores and Michel Bourez celebrate in Haleiwa.
Sebastian Zietz just finished his first year on the ASP World Tour, which he qualified for by winning the Reef Hawaiian Pro last year. Making the quarters, he was a standout (and has the best sense of humor) throughout this year's event.
Last year, Dane Reynolds pulled the turn of the year at Haleiwa. Oh, what a difference 365 days makes. Reynolds sings the small-surf blues in B flat.
Mick Fanning was on fire at the start of the week, then took advantage of the slow surf to fly home to Australia. He ultimately fell to Dane Reynolds and Aritz Aranburu in the quarters.
Adriano de Souza
De Souza proved once again that he can find a wave and a score in any conditions. He busted this air reverse to get to the semis. If ever there were a time and a surfer for a Brazilian to win the Triple Crown, this might be it.
After the window period opened with "Victory at Sea" conditions and the opening round in huge surf, the Pacific took a week off and surfers had to work to find any kind of scrap to keep loose.
John Florence, Dylan Staples
Small surf breeds contempt. John John Florence with his best Lance Burkhart impression. Playing the part of Rick Kane will be young Dylan Staples.
So, if this surfing thing doesn't work out for Hawaiian up-and-comer Zeke Lau the NFL's always looking for linebackers. Bring it!
When the swell pumped and was too big for the first stop of the Triple Crown, up the road at Waimea there was a contest of its own going on.
"Hey Sunny, put a little more rail in it, will ya!" Or not. Either way. We're cool.
Don't let that crappy wave on the inside fool you, out the back at Avalanche's Flynn Novak and some of the boys had plenty of fun.
Sometimes pro surfing is just ugly. Sorry, Michel.
In the world of Kenny Rogers, "Sometimes you gotta know when to walk away." Max Huscenoit, pulling the plug in the early rounds.