With a massive and long barrel ride, Tahiti’s Michel Bourez put the dagger into his competitors in the Vans World Cup of Surfing final Friday at Sunset Beach.
Bourez, ranked No. 5 on the world tour, scored a 9.93 on the clinching wave with 10 minutes left in the 35-minute heat against three from Hawaii, Dusty Payne, Sebastian Zietz and Ian Walsh.
Bourez finished with an 18.13 and won $40,000 for the victory that put him in second place in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing that will wrap up with the third event starting next week at Pipeline.
Payne, who won the first leg of the Triple Crown at Haleiwa last month, was second with a 14.60, followed by Zietz (8.93) and Walsh (4.90).