Haleiwa, HI (Nov. 21, 1995)... Surfers got off to an 11 am start in the Planet Hollywood presents the Wyland Galleries Hawaiian Pro today as contest officials waited for the predicted height increase in Ali`i Beach Park waves.
The predicted 15-foot monster waves haven't appeared yet, but competitors were shredding the four-to-six-foot surf that continued to clean up during the day, moving into a more westerly break.
The contest is the first in the Red Dog Triple Crown of Surfing and is part of the Coca-Cola/ASP World Tour. No competition was held today in the Roxy Women's Hawaiian Pro, the companion event to the Wyland contest.
It might not have been perfect, but the surf was OK for Australia's Tony Ray, a 10-year veteran of the World Tour, now living in Santa Cruz CA.
"It was pretty fun today," said Ray, 30, right after he won his heat and advanced to the next round. "You just have to be patient. At this place (Haleiwa), everyone's hassling in one little spot, it's like playing a cat and mouse game."
"I thought I was coming in last and waited," said Ray, speaking from a position of experience." It is the ocean giving you the waves, right? "Toward the end I just out positioned everybody and found the waves."
Contest officials plan to continue the Wyland contest tomorrow, starting with Round 2, Heat 11 of the Main Event. World champion Kelly Slater, Danny Melhado, Gavin Beschen and Hans Hedemann will open up Round 2 Heat 11 of the Main Event tomorrow, surf permitting.
There will be no surfing on Thanksgiving. The men's finals are scheduled for Friday November 24 and the Roxy Women's Hawaiian Pro Saturday November 25, surf permitting.
For daily information on the status of the competition, call the Triple Crown Hot Line: 808-637-6376.