Hawaiian Ezekiel Lau hammered out his second victory at the HIC Pro today after taking on a beast heat that included Australia's Wade Carmichael, Maui's Tanner Hendrickson and North Shore's Mason Ho at Sunset Beach. This win grants Lau 3,000 points and moves him up three spots on the Qualifying Series (QS) ranking to the No. 9 position, after coming off of a massive win at the EDP Billabong Pro Cascais QS10,000 in October.
A World Surf League QS3,000 event, the HIC Pro is the official local qualifier into the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and saw nine surfers from Hawaii earn a spot into the coveted surfing series, one of which was Maui's Cody Young. At just 18 years old, he was the youngest athlete to advance in the competition and narrowly missed out after a buzzer-beater heat by Hendrickson in the Semifinals. A bittersweet ending for Young, the junior will take his momentum into the Hawaiian Pro, which has a holding period from November 12 - 24.