Bourez Wins, Payne Rises in Vans World Cup

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Tahiti's Michel Bourez won the Vans World Cup and became the first Tahitian to ever win an event at Sunset Beach, but the real winner was runner up, Maui's Dusty Payne. Coming off his victory in the Reef Hawaiian Pro, Dusty continued his dominance heat after heat at Sunset and in doing so both solidified his spot on next year's ASP World Championship Tour and took a healthy lead in this year's Triple Crown race.

Payne, who spent three years on the WCT before a bowing out with an injury, appears to be a new man and more importantly, a better surfer. "My approach now is way different than it was five years ago," Payne told the ASP. "I feel like I've closed that chapter in the book and I'm just happy to be surfing and healthy again. My approach to next year will be no different than the way I've approached these events here. I'm just looking forward to Pipe and getting barreled!"

Of course while Dusty's performance was the talk of the town, you can't discount Bourez's amazing performance in the final. "It took a lot to get that win today," Bourez told the ASP, "but I just tried to stay positive and tell myself that there's always a chance and an opportunity. I really wanted to come here and get a big result so I can finish the year really well." Bourez comboed the field in the final, scoring the two top waves, a 9.93 and 8.20.

Considering how good the surf has been for this year's Triple Crown of Surfing, we can only expect the surfing to get more intense as we head into Pipe for the 2014 ASP World Title Showdown. Pipe is expected to start Monday and the surf should be going off! We can't wait.—-Skip Snead

Image: Vans World Cup Champ Michel Bourez lacerates the inside section at Sunset. Photo courtesy @ASP @kc80


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Tahiti's Michel Bourez won the Vans World Cup and became the first Tahitian to ever win an event at Sunset Beach, but the real winner was runner up, Maui's Dusty Payne. Coming off his victory in the Reef Hawaiian Pro, Dusty continued his dominance heat after heat at Sunset and in doing so both solidified his spot on next year's ASP World Championship Tour and took a healthy lead in this year's Triple Crown race.

Payne, who spent three years on the WCT before a bowing out with an injury, appears to be a new man and more importantly, a better surfer. "My approach now is way different than it was five years ago," Payne told the ASP. "I feel like I've closed that chapter in the book and I'm just happy to be surfing and healthy again. My approach to next year will be no different than the way I've approached these events here. I'm just looking forward to Pipe and getting barreled!"

Of course while Dusty's performance was the talk of the town, you can't discount Bourez's amazing performance in the final. "It took a lot to get that win today," Bourez told the ASP, "but I just tried to stay positive and tell myself that there's always a chance and an opportunity. I really wanted to come here and get a big result so I can finish the year really well." Bourez comboed the field in the final, scoring the two top waves, a 9.93 and 8.20.

Considering how good the surf has been for this year's Triple Crown of Surfing, we can only expect the surfing to get more intense as we head into Pipe for the 2014 ASP World Title Showdown. Pipe is expected to start Monday and the surf should be going off! We can't wait.—-Skip Snead

Image: Vans World Cup Champ Michel Bourez lacerates the inside section at Sunset. Photo courtesy @ASP @kc80

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