Vans announced today that the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has added the TRIPLE CROWN – TRIPLE THREAT bonus purse, upping the entire ante for the whole Triple Crown (3 men’s events, 3 women’s events) to a cool 1,000,000 dollars. Seems that ever since Bob Hurley raised the stakes at the 2008 Lowers event prize purses have been getting heftier and heftier. And rightfully so. The TRIPLE CROWN – TRIPLE THREAT will consist of awarding $50Gs to the Men’s Triple Crown winner, an extra $50Gs for the Pipe Masters winner, a $50Gs bonus for the ASP Men’s World Champ, and a $25Gs bonus to the Women’s Triple Crown Champ.
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is one of the most sought after series titles in all of surfing, as it is always centered around some of the greatest surf breaks in the world (Pipeline, Sunset Beach, Haleiwa). Last year saw some epic conditions for all the events and tons of history was made (Carissa Moore winning the women’s Haleiwa event, Steph Gilmore snagging a Triple Crown, Parko scoring a perfect heat in the Billabong Pipeline Masters en route to his first Triple Crown title, etc.).
With a heated ASP World Title race set to unfold at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, all this extra pocket change is sure to add to the excitement and intensity on the North Shore this year. Stay tuned to transworldsurf.com for much more on the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, as things kick off this Thursday, November 12th at the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa.
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North Shore, Oahu, HI (Monday, Nov. 9, 2009) – The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink makes history today, announcing the TRIPLE CROWN – TRIPLE THREAT bonus purse that makes this prestigious Hawaiian series the first $1,000,000 stop on the Association of Surfing Professionals Dream Tour. More than 150 surfers from 17 nations have a crack at the loot as the series kicks off this Thursday, November 12, at Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore.
Vans is very proud to announce that the TRIPLE CROWN – TRIPLE THREAT will award $50,000 to the men’s Triple Crown series champion, an extra $50,000 for the Billabong Pipeline Masters winner, a $50,000 bonus to the ASP’s men’s world champion, and a $25,000 bonus to the women’s Triple Crown champion. The $175,000 Triple Threat is in addition to the existing $825,000 in event prize money, making for a $1million total purse.
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will culminate with the final battle for the 2009 ASP world title at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, December 8-20. Not since 2006 and the world title battle between Kelly Slater (Florida) and Andy Irons (Hawaii), has there been such a climax to the showdown. This year it will be between Australians Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning, and on that final day, it is possible that one surfer could walk away with a record $230,000.
“2009 has been an incredible year for pro surfing and this Hawaii showdown will be a fitting finale,” said Doug Palladini, Vice President of Marketing at Vans.
“Vans has a 43-year history of giving back to action sports and I can think of no better way to carry on that tradition than with the Triple Threat bonus purse. On behalf of all the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing staff, our event partners Billabong, Reef, O’Neill, Gidget and the ASP, we are proud to share our aloha with the talented surfers who have made the Vans Triple Crown what it is today.”
The events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing:
Featured Surfers of the 2009 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
Pat Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA); Nate Yeomans (San Clemente, CA); Daniel Ross (Australia); Jadson Andre (Brazil); Adam Meilling (Australia); Brett Simpson (Huntington Beach, CA); Travis Logie (South Africa); and of course world title contenders Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning (Australia), and women Stephanie Gilmore (Australia), Sofia Mulanovich (Peru), Silvana Lima (Brazil), and Coco Ho (Hawaii).
Catch the series live at triplecrownofsurfing.com. Hawaii residents can watch live from the comfort of their own living rooms with Oceanic Time Warner Cable airing each day of competition live on dedicated channel 250. Additionally, parts of the Billabong Pipeline Masters will air live on national television on FUEL TV.
Making the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink possible: Reef, O’Neill, Billabong, Gidget Worldwide, Nixon, Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaiian Airlines, JN Automotive Group, Surfing Magazine, Surfline.com, FUEL TV, The Honolulu Advertiser, Hawaiian Springs Water, Road Runner, Climb On chemical-free skincare, and the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP). The Series is proud to announce that it is working with local company Tr3ees to embark upon a greener, more sustainable future.