The Reef Hawaiian Pro on Cote’s Cube

Reef Hawaiian Pro

ASP commentators Chris Cote and Peter Mel get psyched in the booth before the final. Photo: Cote’s Cube

For any fan of competitive surfing, The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is always one of the year’s most exciting and entertaining series of events. The first of three events held on the North Shore of Oahu is the Reef Hawaiian Pro, held at Haleiwa. This year, the contest started in absolutely pumping 12- to 16-foot surf that had only the gnarliest of competitors advancing through wild shootouts in terrifying conditions.

The entire event is watchable via the ASP World Tour/Vans Triple Crown "Heat Analyzer," and if you haven't seen the highlights, I highly suggest you watch as many heats as you can as soon as you can because this contest was straight-up crazy.

Dusty Payne

Dusty Payne blasting a power turn on his way to the win. Photo: ASP / Ed Sloane

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing production team (Uncle Toads Media Group) does an amazing job capturing every second of the action from multiple camera angles, but what's it like behind the scenes in the production trailers, commentary booths, and in the competitor area?

Reef Hawaiian Pro

Do not enter! Unless you’re a commentator. Photo: Cote’s Cube

For some reason, I got an all-access backstage pass and decided to take my trusty GoPro with me and show you all what it's like behind the scenes during the final day of the first jewel of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

Dusty Payne

Dusty Payne's emotional victory earned him $40,000. Photo: ASP / Ed Sloane

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