North Shore Winter: Vans World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach - Day 3 of the holding period
It was an expected lay day for the Vans World Cup of Surfing on Wednesday, the second stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. There was no surprise at first light that it was called a lay day, but there was still enough surf in the water to keep the boys happy.
At first light not many photographers were at the competition sight, most of us were camped out in front of the Nike house just in front of Off the Wall. We were all looking to see if the change had been made for the Nike surf team into the Orange County-based Hurley team. It was a shock to all the Nike riders now Hurley riders, but Nike said to the team riders, they had the choice to keep the Nike sticker on until the first of the year or they could sticker their boards Hurley.
The Nike house is now called by everyone on the North Shore Hurley House West, because Hurley already has a house right in front of Pipeline and the now old Nike house is just west of Pipeline in front of Off the Wall. As the Nike house emptied into the water, we all got to see for ourselves that the change had been made. Nike riders Nat Young, Julian Wilson, Kolohe Andino, Kai Barger, Koa Smith, all made the switch to Hurley.
Hurley, based in Costa Mesa, now has the most powerful surf team in professional surfing, and Hurley has the chance to have the next world champion ... if Kelly Slater ever retires.