Vans World Cup Winner to Be Decided Today

Source: WSL

Conditions look highly contestable for the final day of the Vans World Cup. Image: WSL / Chlala

A new pulse of swell filled in over night and the Finals day at the Vans World Cup of Surfing is ON today in 8-10ft. NW to NNW with light ESE offshore winds at Sunset Beach.

The Round of 32 will get a start at 8am HST, followed by the Quarterfinals at noon, Semifinals at 2pm and the Final at 3:20pm.

“The swell bumped back up a little and Sunset is still firing,” said Travis Logie, Deputy Commissioner. “Very happy to have the QS culminate and careers decided at Sunset Beach in great waves. We look forward to a really exciting Finals day.”

The second stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Vans World Cup is a World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 rated event – the last of the season. Today will both make and break careers as athletes battle to find a spot in the 2017 WSL Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour.

First in the water this morning is Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Deivid Silva (BRA), Jack Freestone (AUS) and Ian Gouveia (BRA). Other standout performances are anticipated in Heat 2 of Round 4 with local surfer Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Heat 4 with current World Champ John John Florence (HAW) and Heat 6 with 11x World Champion Kelly Slater (USA).

A regional news feed will be distributed around 2pm HST with feeds of the Semifinalists. An official press release and image gallery will follow after the competition concludes along with a highlight edit to relive all the action. Catch it online at the Vans World Cup event page on or at

The Vans World Cup of Surfing, a WSL Men’s QS10,000 rated event, is scheduled from November 24 – December 6, 2016 and runs in conjunction with the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing specialty series along the North Shore of Oahu.