NORTH SHORE, OAHU, Hawaii — The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is set to broadcast six original, one-hour shows from the famed North Shore of Oahu. All the exciting drama ranging from the Triple Crown’s historic showdowns and legendary players to the crowning of the prestigious 2004 series championship will air on Fox Sports Net (FSN) at 3:00 p.m. regionally on 12/21, 12/23, 12/28, 12/30, 1/12/05 and 1/19/05. Show highlights include:
12/21/04: Hawaii — Surfing’s Mecca The first Vans Triple Crown television show provides an overview of the series as told by past winners and legends. Hawaii is considered the sport’s Mecca with athletes, industry, spectators and media attending from across the globe. The impact of the Vans Triple Crown rivals many mainstream grand sporting events. Key North Shore surfing locations are analyzed as a prelude to the three unique Vans Triple Crown competition venues.
12/23/04: Vans Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa The first jewel in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the $125,000 Vans Hawaiian Pro, dominates the third show. High performance surfing is the name of the game here as the break at Haleiwa features a fast ride that peels off over coral reef, allowing a full spectrum of maneuvers. The world’s top surfers converge for the penultimate World Qualifying Series (WQS) competition.
12/28/04: The Players and the Game Show number two compares and contrasts the competitive mindset of North Shore legends from yesteryear to modern heroes like Andy Irons and Kelly Slater. Event dynamics, holding periods, meteorology and strategy as discussed through the eyes of competitors and analysts. Insiders handicap the odds-on favorites.
12/30/04: O’Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach One of the world’s most challenging waves serves as the backdrop for the fourth installment. The break at Sunset Beach is almost a half-mile out to sea and in very deep waters with waves can be up to 20 feet thick and up to four stories high. Sunset specialists and famed waterman discuss the inherent risks and dangers at the $125,000 O’Neill World Cup of Surfing. The year’s final WQS event helps determine participants on the 2005 World Championship Tour (WCT).
1/12/05: Rip Curl Pro Pipeline Masters at Banzai Pipeline The finale of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is at the infamous Banzai Pipeline for the $260,000 Rip Curl Pro Pipeline Masters, the final WCT event. Pipeline rears up 50 feet from shore and showcases waves of up to five stories high that march shoreward before exploding upon a barely submerged coral reef. Professional surfing most notorious proving ground and its rich history is showcased in the fifth televised special.
1/19/05: Best of the 2004 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing The final show will recap the entire North Shore season including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing events and their dramatic outcomes. Breathtaking waves and in-depth interviews with the winners, locals and finalists highlight the coverage. Big wave legends take a stab at the future when they fire up the proverbial crystal ball and talk about where things are heading.
The six episodes of the 2004 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will be available on DVD in early 2005. Visit a href=http://www.vans.com>www.vans.com for more details as they are available.