2012 Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach

posted by / News / December 5, 2012

Photos: Jimmicane
Words: Brendan Buckley

The infamous West Peak.

The infamous West Peak.

Seabass getting loose in the first heat of the morning.

Seabass getting loose in the first heat of the morning.

Chris Ward with his caddy for the event. His 16-year-old daughter, Malia.

Chris Ward with his caddy for the event. His 16-year-old daughter, Malia.

Jeremy Flores

Jeremy Flores

Slater snuck into a rare tube with today's conditions, but since Sunset hates him, it did not allow for an exit.

Slater snuck into a rare tube with today's conditions, but since Sunset hates him, it did not allow for an exit.

Jordy Smith getting his injured heal taped up by O'neill's Garth Tarlow.

Jordy Smith getting his injured heal taped up by O'neill's Garth Tarlow.

Michel Bourez (insert 300 reference).

Michel Bourez (insert 300 reference).

Taylor Knox

Taylor Knox

Charly Martin, Sage Erikson, Josh Kerr, Mitchell Ross and Brett Simpson checking out the action.

Charly Martin, Sage Erikson, Josh Kerr, Mitchell Ross and Brett Simpson checking out the action.

Jesse Mendes

Jesse Mendes

CJ Hobgood

CJ Hobgood

Gabriel Medina

Gabriel Medina

Medina's pre-heat prayer routine.

Medina's pre-heat prayer routine.

Ace Buchan

Ace Buchan

Perth Standlick. Welcome to the map, kid.

Perth Standlick. Welcome to the map, kid.

Seabass, Ronnie Nelson and Kala Alexander.

Seabass, Ronnie Nelson and Kala Alexander.

Seabass with some tube time in the final.

Seabass with some tube time in the final.

Adam Melling, winning and requalifying for 2013 at the same time.

Adam Melling, winning and requalifying for 2013 at the same time.

Adam Melling

Adam Melling

Your Vans World Cup of Surfing finalists.

Your Vans World Cup of Surfing finalists.


 

The Vans World Cup of Surfing saw many moods of Sunset Beach. Big and mean. Awkwardly undersized. Frumpy like a collegiate softball star. Eighty-three heats told 83 different stories, but only one of them mattered. Sunset’s mood for the final was charming: 4-to -6 foot (we’re in Hawaii) handsome blue walls, offshore and inviting. Gabriel Medina, Sebastian Zietz, Ace Buchan and Adam Melling dug in.

Early in the final, Seabass sniffed out tubes like a hound dog, and laid rail like an ironworker. After being a Kauaian Cinderella at Haleiwa, it seemed as though it was Bass’s destiny to win. Or at least Gabriel Medina’s destiny to sabotage it. The Aussies had been shushed for the first 30 minutes. Then, the countdown clock struck 5:00.

It wasn’t a flurry — more of a blizzard. Ace Buchan started the storm with a few crispy turns. He seemed to care for the turns a bit more than the judges did, thrusting two clenched fists in celebration. Then, Melling. What a horse. He looked like a stocky Fanning, hacking a Sunset wall thrice before overpowering the end section with a final smash. Then, a “THIS FEELS SO AMAZING” claim. Melling fans ignited, but their excitement was short lived. Gabriel, that destiny thief, knitted his way through a Sunset tube and soon made two feisty turns. An “I just spoiled your destiny!” claim. The sea went quiet and the judges began to sweat.

Three well surfed waves, three claims. But the podium is picky, and so they deemed Melling’s horsepower worthy of the marbles, handing him $40K and a World Tour itinerary for 2013. And Sebastian Zietz gets a prize for being the only surfer not to claim a wave in the final and a wildcard into Pipe to keep his Triple Crown dream alive. How sweet it all was.

Check the Heat Analyzer and judge for yourself, sans the perspiration of vocational pressure.

Vans World Cup of Surfing Results
1. Adam Melling (AUS) 16.16pts, $40,000
2. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.67pts, $20,000
3. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.70pts, $12,000
4. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.26pts, $10,000

Triple Crown standings after 2 of 3 events:
1. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 10,950
=2. Adam Melling (AUS) 7,200
=2. Alejo Muniz (BRZ) 7,200
=4. John John Florence (HAW) 6,500
=4. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 6,500.

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2 Responses to “2012 Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach”

  1. Mik says:

    Great photos. Rad.

    Note: Melling isn’t “like a stocky Mick Fanning”, he is “stocky, like Mick Fanning”…

    Otherwise, you infer Mick Fanning ISN’T stocky, which is incorrect.

    Face it: Mick Fanning is “stocky incarnate”. Or, “a self-made stocky man”.

    Or some such descriptive description…………………………………Yes?

  2. Gus says:

    I actually think Sebass surfed the beste heat though! …and Medinas’ last tube ride deserved more than what he got but in the end… well, in the end surf wins… and thats what matters! ;) Go Parko because Kelly wont sell it easy! ps: hopes for huge Pipe! uhuuu…

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