Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sebastien Zietz Wins Reef Hawaiian Pro!

Zietz (above) was on a roll that only gained momentum, ending in a $40,000 win at the REEF Hawaiian Pro as well as an early lead on the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater series ratings. Photo ASP/Kirstin

Kauai's Sebastian Zietz, 24, has posted the first major win of his five-year pro surfing career at the REEF Hawaiian Pro today to qualify for the 2013 elite ASP World Tour. Accounting for talent like John John Florence (HAW), Sunny Garcia (HAW), Julian Wilson (AUS) and Alejo Muniz (BRZ) along the way, Zietz earned $40,000 in prize money and now leads the 30th anniversary Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series ratings. Conditions today were super contestable with long, overhead waves that allowed maximum scoring potential.
Zietz built incredible momentum through the rounds today and had won a good share of the 4,000-strong crowd by the time he secured a berth in the final against Florence, Fred Patacchia (HAW), and Muniz. With the rest of the fan base backing defending Vans Triple Crown champ Florence, it was game on for the final and Zietz was determined not to let it slip. He had his challengers on the ropes 20 minutes into the 35-minute final.