The culmination of each year’s WCT season is scheduled to occur in Hawaii, in the form of 3 events which run back-to-back-to-back at Haleiwa, Sunset, and Pipeline, starting right… meow..
Actually, the triple crown was slated to begin last weekend, but thanks to La nina (that bitch) we have an embarassing lack of swell, and 128 surfers staring at a barren horizon.
We are now on the 6th day of the waiting period without a single heat run, and the forecast isn’t looking much better. A small to marginal NW will limp in over the weekend, providing contestable surf, but it could be too little too late as 3 plus days of full competition will be needed to run the event. The waiting period for this event ends on Wednesday the 23rd.
Would it be so hard to relocate to Laniakea or Rocky Point? Probably. Permits for such a thing are no easy ask.
This is not good for Cory Lopez, and the other 2 poor saps that have yet to be seeded into his round 2 heat against Carissa Moore, the most dreaded human in the draw. Lopey would have the clear physical advantage over the female world champ if Haleiwa was 12 feet (Hawaiian) and maxing out, but in chest high burgers, I’m not sure who I’d put my money on… Should Cory lose, it may take up to forever for him to live it down, as ego blows such as this can be tough to let go. Andy Irons lost to Keala Kennely in a local contest when they were in their pre-teens, and he (and Bruce) still mentioned it throughout his career as if it had just happened. Good luck Cory!
In the meantime here’s a wipeout video to remind you of how dangerous the north Shore can be when it’s not a lake..
..And a little info on what Haleiwa is supposed to be like…