North Shore Winter: Haleiwa Reef Hawaiian Pro Day One
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing kicked off Nov. 15 with the first day of the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa. We knew there was a swell coming and all eyes were looking to the ocean and buoy reports around 6:30 a.m. With the ocean not showing much in early morning, the contest was put on hold for a later call – and by 11:30 a.m. the call was for a 12:30 p.m. start with building conditions.
The first four-to-five heats of the morning were in the 3-to 4-foot range and not much in action with very long flat spells, but as the afternoon progressed the swell really started to show and the wave machine turned on. By the end of the day, Haleiwa was hitting the 8-foot mark and still building.
Mason Ho in the last heat and the last wave of the day, got the highest-scored wave of the day with a bomb wave and road it into a double barrel. Huntington Beach's Timmy Reyes did not make it through his first round heat, a real bummer for the OC surfer.
"There just were no waves in my heat," said Reyes as he ran up the beach. "I tried looking at the point, and everywhere in between, but I just couldn't [get] a good scoring wave."
Friday, Nov. 16 starts with the finish of round one and into round two. Make sure to check out the webcast, as we will have four Orange County surfers hitting the water in hopes of chasing down much needed WQS points.