Michel Bourez Wins Sunset
Tahitian Michel Bourez has won the second event of the Vans Triple Crown at Hawaii’s beautiful Sunset Beach in absolutely pumping conditions. The wave known to so many tested the skills of some of the worlds best surfers throughout the entire contest, though it was Bourez who stole the show in the Final, blowing away his fellow competitors. Haleiwa winner Dusty Payne again showed the world his newly inspired surfing expertise on home turf, placing Runner Up and re-qualifying for the World Tour in 2015.
The 35 minute Final saw Michel Bourez meet with Dusty Payne, Sebastian ‘Seabass’ Zietz and Ian Walsh. All surfers performed incredibly in the triple over head conditions, though it Bourez who gave the judges what they wanted, with an outstanding 9-point ride in the final minutes of competition. A powerful display of huge turns in tight pockets followed by an incredible barrel earned the Tahitian his top two scores of 9.93 and a 8.20, enough to advance over the remaining competitors and wow audiences both on the beach and watching live at home.
“It took a lot to get that win today, but I just tried to stay positive and tell myself that there’s always a chance and an opportunity,” said the 28 year old. “I really wanted to come here and get a big result so I can finish the year really well.”
The win puts Bourez at number 2 behind Hawaii’s Dusty Payne in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, and adds a touch of extra pressure to Mick Fanning, Gabriel Medina and Kelly Slater who are all aiming to take the World Title at Pipeline in a few days.
SurfStitch would like to send a huge congratulations to Michel Bourez and the best of luck to all competitors heading into the final event of the 2014 ASP World Tour.
Until then, get yourself amped for the Hawaii season just a little more by checking out all the highlights from the Vans World Cup Of Surfing at Sunset Beach!
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