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Surfing Championships Are Taking Place onThe North Shore of Oahu


Surfing Championships Are Taking Place on The North Shore of Oahu and these guys are some of the world’s best out there today! It’s always so exciting watching the surfer’s hit those massive waves that Hawaii is well known for. You really need big kahuna’s to surf those gigantic waves, some are 3 stores high, if not higher.

Surfing Championships Are Taking Place onThe North Shore of OahuThe surfers have arrived in Hawaii – now it’s just up to the waves to show up.

Most of the surf world heads to the warmer waters of Hawaii for the winter wave season, and this year will no doubt be filled with action as the 30th annual Vans Triple Crown of Surfing gets under way.

All three events – the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the Vans World Cup of Surfing, and the Billabong Pipeline Masters – will be more exciting to watch this year, as 11-time world champ Kelly Slater has announced he’ll be going after the title this year. He hasn’t won the Vans Triple Crown – on the North Shore of Oahu – since 1998. The second stop at Sunset is a title that has eluded him.

Usually the big names opt out of the Hawaiian Pro and the World Cup of Surfing, both offering fewer points than the Billabong Pipe Masters, an ASP World Tour event. But this year, the ante has been raised with a $1 million overall prize purse and a fat check of $100,000 to this year’s Triple Crown winner. Oh, there’s also a $30,000 Harley Davidson and a $10,000 Nixon watch, organizers announced.

But don’t think young John John Florence – who calls Pipeline his home break – won’t come out swinging. The reigning champ won the title last year, and was the youngest in history to do so. He’s been entering the Triple Crown since he was 12, and so far on this year’s World Tour he’s shown he has what it takes to one day take out the veterans. He’s ranked fourth in the ASP World Tour rankings.

Orange County ASP World Tour surfers are looking to gain valuable points to requalify for next year’s tour. San Clemente’s Kolohe Andino, on his first year on tour, is the highest-ranked local surfer going into Hawaii. San Clemente’s Pat Gudauskas and Brett Simpson are looking to do well in the contests to ensure their spots, and others such as Nate Yeomans need to do well at the Hawaiian Pro and Sunset to make the cut for next year.

“I’m super pumped on the challenge. Hawaii in general is a challenging wave and the conditions can change so much,” Yeomans said in an interview with ASP. “It’s really an honor to be a part of. It’s awesome to be able to compete ever there.”

The waiting period for the events kicked off Monday, and a Triple Crown winner will be named by Dec. 20.

Surfing Championships Are Taking Place onThe North Shore of Oahu

Each of the three events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has a two-week holding period within which to run, requiring just three to four days of excellent surf to be completed. The waiting period for the events kicks off by Nov. 12, with organizers looking at Thursday for a potential start for the Reef Hawaiian Pro. The Triple Crown should be wrapped up by Dec. 20.

Nov. 12-24, Haleiwa Ali’i Beach

ASP Prime Prize Purse: $250,000

Defending Champion: Taj Burrow (Australia)

The venue: Haleiwa is known as a high-performance wave, with a right that breaks best on west swell. When it hits anywhere from two to eight feet, the steep walls allow for power turns and make perfect ramps for airs. But once the surf gets double-overhead, Haleiwa turns into a powerful monster, and the heavy rights close out over an extremely shallow and dangerous slab of reef on the inside known as the Toilet Bowl. A steady rip pulls surfers toward the deep-water Haleiwa harbor entrance, keeping their arms tired as they try to keep position.

Nov. 25-Dec.6, Sunset Beach

ASP Prime Prize Purse: $250,000

Defending Champion: John John Florence (Hawaii)

The venue: Sunset Beach has a sectioning wave that can open up huge barrels but can also close out quickly, causing boards to snap. Sunset Beach is a long stretch of reef without a well-defined take-off zone, so competitors must move around to hunt for the peak, sitting as deep as possible, and in constant danger of getting caught inside by the next set. If the swell has a northerly component, the competitors will be taking off way outside. If there’s any west swell, the West Bowl, almost directly in front of the contest scaffolding, is where surfers will be looking to pull into heavy, powerful tubes.

Dec. 8-20, Banzai Pipeline

ASP World Tour Prize Purse: $425,000

Defending Champion: Kieren Perrow (Australia)

The venue: The more westerly the swell direction, the better the Banzai Pipeline gets. The infamous left is said to be the best barrel in the world. The heaving, cavernous tubes detonate over a shallow reef right off the beach. So not only is it a perfect barrel and a wave of power and consequence, but it’s the perfect venue for spectators.

Surfing Championships Are Taking Place onThe North Shore of Oahu, so get yourself some excitement and enjoy the ride…

~~Aloha Nui Loa


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