Maui's Hank Gaskell Wins 2009 Xcel Pro Presented by Honolua
The North Shore's winter season has got underway with the 2009 Xcel Pro Presented By Honolua returning to Sunset Beach in challenging 15'+ waves. In a tough final heat of 4 Sunset specialists, 23-year-old Hank Gaskell showed poise, patience, and smart wave selection to edge out runner-up and defending champion Pancho Sullivan, third place Myles Padaca, and fourth place finisher Shane Beschen.
Watch highlights from Round 2 here including Pancho Sullivan's 9-point plus barrels, Holy Shinpei! Horiguchi's standout Round 3 heat, over-the-falls, lip-to-the-head wipeouts and Sunny Garcia's brohawk: