Kilauea native Sebastian Zietz, also know as “Seabass” or “C-bass,” is on Cloud 9 after winning the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa on Saturday. The Hawaiian surfer not only won $40,000 and the number one seed going into the rest of the $1 million Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Zietz walks away with 6,500 ASP Prime points. The complete package for the Oakley team rider, he has bumped himself up to #21 on the ASP World rankings, more than enough to guarentee his spot of the ASP World Championship Tour.
“I’m super stoked! I love being from Kauai and I just love everybody!” exclaimed Zietz in a post-final interview. “I’m definitely going to let loose tonight!”
Zietz won every heat he competed in throughout the Reef Hawaiian Pro, and had a huge crew of fans going bizurk on the sand throughout the final. He was up against three World Tour surfers in the final, and still came out on top of Hawaiian John John Florence finishing runner-up, Haleiwa local Freddy Patacchia in 3rd, and Brazilian Nike team surfer, Alejo Muniz, finishing in 4th place.
Sebastian Zietz (HAW) completes an aerial in the final as the beach explodes with excitement. Photo: Surf Channel/Metzger
“I sat wide and acted like I was waiting for a little one, but then that bomb and I was in position,” Zietz said about the final heat. “I always take it heat by heat, and try not to put too much pressure on myself. In the beginning we were all kinda jockeying each other, and then I was probably the worst one hassling with those two big scores.”
The Kauai native caught nine waves in the final, surfing an Al Merrick board that looked great under his feet.
“I’m super stoked, I love my home in Kauai and I just love everybody! There are nine kids in my family, and my brothers pushed me straight down the line when I was six. Stoked they pushed me out… I have been battling on the WQS for some time, so this is awesome. The biggest diference has been my boards.”
The win stands as a break-through moment for Zietz, although still super humble, he is backed by tons of Hawaiian support.
“I wanted to do this for my family and everyone at home, and Andy Irons – we miss you!” Zietz said in his post-final interview.
Hawaiian charger Koa Smith and Brazilian surfers, Alex Ribeiro and Filipe Toledo, currently share the #1 spot as the Vans Triple Crown Rookie of the series. Get ready for the next events, the Vans World Cup at Sunset and the Billabong Pipe Masters, to determine the overall series winner in addition to the 2012 ASP World Tour Champion.
Reef Hawaiian Pro Final Results:
Sebastian Zietz (HAW), 15.83; John John Florence (HAW), 14.70; Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), 13.50; Alejo Muniz (BRA), 8.70.