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Nothing Says North Shore Winter Like…

Early north swells are rolling in through mostly uncrowded breaks, the first arrivals of the winter-only crowd are beginning to make their first cruise down Kam. Highway and backing up the lines at the Pupukea Foodland, the descent of what seems like the entire surfing world is on it’s way to the country, turning it into not so country once again. All of that screams that another North Shore winter season is just about here, however nothing screams it quite like the 2008 Xcel Pro at Sunset Beach.

The holding period for the annual kick-off contest opens this Sunday out at Sunset. Our friends at Xcel are especially pumped about the event this year as it marks the 25th anniversary of the 4-Star ASP WQS event. There is $80,000 worth of prize money up for grabs at the Xcel Pro this year; a purse that could just as easily go toward filling the belly of a starving amateur as it could pad the bank accounts of some of the world’s top professionals who have thrown their hats into the ring. Last year’s champion, Joel Centeio of Makakilo, HI, will not be participating in the event so a new champion will be crowned at Sunset. The event will feature a live webcast so you can keep an eye on all of the phenomenal action. We’ll keep you posted on all of the action and results coming out of Sunset.

From then on the North Shore becomes it’s annual madhouse as Pipe and the rest come alive. Last year was widely known as one of the worst in recent history as far as waves go, so cheers to more swells, as well as controlled madness, as the 2008/2009 North Shore winter season gets underway.

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Posted by Shaun on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008 in Surfing.

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