2013 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
ASP world titles are on the line as careers hang in the balance. That can only mean one thing: It's Triple Crown season on the North Shore of Oahu. Check out what's in store for Hawaii this month.
The Reef Hawaiian Pro
The Vans Triple Crown opens with the Reef Hawaiian Pro, Nov. 12-23 at Alii Beach Park in Haleiwa. Haleiwa is a tricky wave (occasionally a performance launch ramp, occasionally a heavy beatdown), and it's always exciting.
Sebastian "Seabass" Zietz
Sebastian Zietz announced his arrival loud and clear last year. He won the Reef Pro, made the finals at Sunset and then beat John John Florence en route to the Pipe quarterfinals and the Triple Crown trophy.
Dane Reynolds has a wild card into the event at Haleiwa. Last year, he was absolutely electric there. We're hoping to see more of the same.
If you got yourself into the finals of the Reef Hawaiian Pro last year, you went home with a ukulele. Pictured here, left to right: Sebastian Zietz, John John Florence, Freddy Patacchia, Alejo Muniz.
The Vans World Cup of Surfing
Sunset Beach's tricky bowls continue to be one of those places a surfer has to conquer before he can reach the most elite level. The Vans World Cup of Surfing takes place Nov. 24 through Dec. 6.
Adam Melling, currently ranked at No. 13 on the World Tour, won at Sunset in 2012. This wasn't simply a win, as he had to finish second or better to keep his slot on the tour. These Hawaiian events make or break careers.
All of Mick Fanning's chips are on the table. "White Lightning," the 2007 and 2009 ASP World Champ, isn't just gunning for his third world title -- he's gunning for the Vans Triple Crown, which has eluded him.
The Billabong Pipeline Masters
The only Triple Crown event that is part of the ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pipeline Masters, is the ultimate surfing venue. The 2013 world title decision will come down to the famed reef, which runs Dec. 8-20.
Last year's Billabong Pipeline Masters was certainly one for the books, with Joel Parkinson collecting not only the title but his first Pipe win, beating CJ and Damine Hobgood, then Josh Kerr in the final.
John John Florence
You can't talk Hawaii without talking John John Florence. He won the Vans Triple Crown in 2011 and is a favorite to earn another win this year.
Joel Parkinson had been on tour for 11 years. He had three runner-up finishes before he finally netted that first title at Pipe last year. Was he stoked? You could say that.
Josh Kerr earned a finals berth at the Pipe Masters last year before falling to Joel Parkinson. Kerr has the big-wave and barrel-riding skills to be a contender at all three venues.
If Kelly Slater is to win his 12th world title in Hawaii, he needs to win the Billabong Pipeline Masters, and Mick Fanning has to finish worse than third. Slater does love a challenge.