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Dane Gudauskas is a tough act for two brothers to follow

December 2, 2008 |  1:00 pm

Dane Gudauskas negotiates a bottom turn on a large wave at Sunset Beach in Oahu while advancing to the fifth round of the O'Neill World Cup.

Dane Gudauskas, pictured above, said of a ride that helped propel him into the fifth round of the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach on Oahu's North Shore:

"That was a thrilling ride. The wave before that I pulled into the barrel, I took a really bad wipeout. I came up and I was seeing stars and feeling kind of dizzy. Pat [Dane's twin brother] was in the channel just screaming at me, 'Go, Dane!'  I was like, 'I can’t give up now' and I knew I needed one more. I just got lucky and that wave came to me. I just gave it everything I have and I’m psyched."

To be sure, Sunset is serving up wild times today, with wave faces at 20-plus feet and building for the second event of the Vans Triple Crown  of Surfing.

And the brothers Gudauskas from San Clemente are giving it their all.

Among those still scheduled to surf in the fourth round are Pat and Tanner, in the same four-man heat.

Dane will be rooting his siblings on, after he's had time to get over what he just accomplished.

"I'm stoked I made it back to the beach," he said. "There's a lot, a lot of water moving out there, the current is going really, really fast and there's a lot of water moving up the wave face. I'm stoked I made it through and I couldn’t ask for anything more."

Outposts will file another report soon.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Dane Gudauskas negotiates a bottom turn on a large wave at Sunset Beach in Oahu while advancing to the fifth round of the O'Neill World Cup. His brothers square off in a later heat. Credit: Kirstin Scholtz /Covered Images

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