The QS10,000 VANS World Cup of Surfing wrapped up today in dramatic fashion with careers on the line and challenging conditions even for some of the best surfers in the world. Here's a breakdown of today's main stories.
The four surfers spent a total of two hours competing in gigantic Sunset surf throughout the day and you could really tell who handled it best by the time they hit the lineup for the Final.
Hawaiian powerhouse Ezekiel Lau did not seem bothered at all and his fitness was clearly a massive advantage over the competition. He started with a decent wave to take an early lead and quickly changed gear to post a 7.33 on a two-turn combo, walking away with his second VANS World Cup of Surfing title.
"It's incredible, I'm back!," he said. "It took me a while to find my stride again, this is the tell all of the tail. I've been working so hard lately I'm just happy everything came together. My boards, Channel Island Surfboards have been working incredible, Britt Merrick's been working with me very closely and I just want to thank everyone that supports me, my family if their watching at home, I love you guys, I'm just so stoked."
Joan Duru, Jesse Mendes and Griffin Colapinto struggled to stay on their feet and despite good efforts, always ended up engulfed by the Sunset thick lips, only posting low scoring rides.
Mendes managed to find a better option and posted a 5.30 to take the runner-up spot. Duru had to settle for third place and Colapinto fourth.