Billy Kemper from Paia Maui took home the win at the HIC Pro Sunset Beach. It was an emotional win for Kemper, 20, who dedicated it to Andy Irons and his brother Eric Diaz. On the final day, the sun peeked out in between passing rain and shed light on the younger generation.
Keanu Asing and Alex Smith, who placed 3rd and 4th respectively, surfed on spot throughout the event. Keanu posted one of the highest heat scores of the day, a 9.4. Clay Marzo, 21, had some of the most progressive backside turns of the event, but not enough to get him past the quarters. Jack Perry, 26, had a gouging forehand attack and stomped his way to second place in the finals.
In the end, it was Billy Kemper who was escorted off the beach to the podium. He received a $12,000 check for the win and a chance to surf in the Vans Triple Crown. You could feel the energy of the event culminating at the final moment of the ceremony when Kemper raised his finger high to the sky with Andy Irons and Eric Diaz on his mind.