Sunset Beach Set To Deliver

Big swell on its way for the final rounds of the O'Neil World Cup of Surfing at Sunset beach - the original big wave Mecca is set to start firing from Tuesday.

Jarrad Howse posted one of the competitions Top 10 heat scores in Round 96

Jarrad Howse posted one of the competitions Top 10 heat scores in Round 96

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Keep your eyes on this competition over the coming days. Magicseaweed is predicting that the last few days of the final WQS event of the year will be blessed with epic conditions. Plagued by onshore wind conditions, the early rounds have switched between perfect and terrible on an all too consistent basis.

However with perfect wind and swell conditions promised for Tuesday and Wednesday the competition could well finish with a bang.

Unfortunately for some WCT hopefuls the opposite proved true: the surfers who failed to make the cut for the WCT were: Brett Simpson (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Heitor Alves (BRA), Shaun Cansdell (AUS), Pablo Paulino (BRA), Nathan Yeomans (USA), Leonardo Neves (BRA), Leigh Sedley (AUS), Adam Meilling AUS), Adam Robertson (AUS) and Pedro Henrique (BRA).

Also eliminated was last week's Reef Hawaiian Pro champion Michel Bourez (Tahiti) and runner-up Jihad Khodr (Brazil), thus, leaving the door open for Kekoa Bacalso (Hawaii) and Dusty Payne (Hawaii) to take the overall Vans Triple Crown of Surfing lead. Payne and Bacalso will be surfing in the round of 64 when competition resumes.

Still in contention for WCT qualification are: Marlon Lipke (DEU), David Weare (ZAF), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Phillip MacDonald (AUS), Hizunome Bettero (BRA), Simao Romao (BRA), Shaun Gossman (AUS), Yadin Nicol (AUS), Dion Atkinson (AUS), Rodrigo Dornellas (BRA) and Sunny Garcia (HAW).

Keep a weather eye on surfing's most famous stretch as it might well be about to deliver the goods. Magicseaweed have a team of videographers on the ground for the whole event so be sure to check out the exclusive daily footage HERE

Ed Temperley

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