An excerpt from the World Surf League's recap of the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach...
The youngest competitor in the event, Barron Mamiya, 17, earned the Vans Triple Crown Rookie Award by besting a field of 18 others and has had an incredibly successful year after winning multiple regional Pro Junior events, the WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Regional Junior Champion, qualification into the World Junior Championship and now today's accomplishment.
"I'm stoked, I didn't even think I was going to win this award because I did really bad at Haleiwa, but I guess I made up for it here at Sunset," said Mamiya atop the podium post-Final. "I'm stoked to win it and hopefully I can keep the momentum going until next year."
Mamiya was the highest placing Hawaii athlete in the Vans World Cup and bowed out in the Semifinal after Andino narrowly beat him 13.63 to Mamiya's 12.04.