Kauai’s Sebastian “Seabass” Zietz had a list of To-Dos that needed doing during the Reef Hawaiian Pro last week. Dos like: Win every heat of the event, beat John John Florence, win a nail-biter final of a Triple Crown contest, have Kauai’s finest chair him up the beach, hold a $40,000 check above his head, have women in bikinis look up at him and drool from below the podium. Did we miss anything? Oh, right — qualify for the 2013 World Tour through this win, after five years of trying. Congrats, Seabass. Your efficiency last week astounded us.
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Dusty Payne was on a tear, connecting functional finners to Larrys to end-bowl hacks, before a quarter final finish
The Clash of the Legends heat got some solid surf for the four heroes Garcia, Curren, Occy and Kaipo. This was déjà vu for runner up Kaipo Jaquias, who has been in dozens of heats with these same guys over the years
Dane Reynolds, midway though the turn heard round the world. There’s been nothing like this in a contest before — ask anyone
John John was looking like he had the first gem on the crown bagged from the start, but Sea Bass proved the mightier jewel thief
Kauai’s Sebastien Zietz was a warrior in berserker-mode the whole comp. The untouchable winner of the Reef Hawaiian Pro