Vans Triple Crown Update

Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing — Stop 1:
$125,000 Vans Hawaiian Pro — men’s ASP 6-star WQS event
$62,500 Roxy Pro — women’s ASP WCT event

Reinforcement Swell For Haleiwa Expected Tuesday Into Wednesday

Honolulu, Hawaii (Monday, Nov. 15, 2004) – After an immediate start on day one of the 2004 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing holding period last Friday, the Vans Hawaiian Pro men’s and Roxy Pro women’s events at Haleiwa’s Ali’i Beach Park have been idling. A diminishing swell Saturday led officials to call for a lay day, then a strong on-shore storm system moved through overnight leaving victory at sea conditions yesterday. Organizers are now looking toward cleaner bigger conditions starting tomorrow, Tuesday, and prevailing through Wednesday. The complete holding period for both events extends to November 24. A total of four days of competition will take place during the period.

“The forecast is that we should start to see things cleaning up tomorrow,” said Randy Rarick, Director of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Series. “Today we have a strong wind warning on the island. Trades are gusting through at 15 to 30 miles an hour and waves are definitely wind-torn. But it’s all looking very promising for the next couple of days. Tomorrow might be on the smaller side, but clean conditions, and the outlook is for a good north-west swell reinforcement starting tomorrow and building through Wednesday.”

When competition resumes, it will likely be with the remaining six heats of round one of the men’s Vans Hawaiian Pro, an Association of Surfing Professionals (A.S.P.) 6-star World Qualifying Series (W.Q.S.) event. Following that, a decision will be made whether to push straight into round two, or shift into the women’s Roxy Pro, an A.S.P. World Championship Tour (W.C.T.) event.

Much is at stake in both events. For competitors in the Vans Hawaiian Pro, it is their second-to-last shot at qualifying for next year’s elite men’s World Championship Tour. For the Roxy Pro, the 2004 A.S.P. women’s world title is on the line.

Mathematically, there are still seven women who have a shot at the title, though the majority of those are struggling to keep a toe in the door. Peruvian Sofia Mulanovich, 21, has a strong grip on the rating’s lead, and barring what would have to be her worst performance of the year, she has an excellent chance of becoming the first South American to win the ASP World Championship.

Behind Mulanovich, are Rochelle Ballard (Hawaii), Jaqueline Silva (Brazil), Tita Tavares (Brazil), defending world champion Layne Beachley (Australia), Roxy team rider Chelsea Georgeson (Australia), and Laurina McGrath (Australia). Beachley, 32, is the most experienced of the challengers, being a six-time consecutive world champion. End-of-year pressure is nothing new to Beachley, who has battled for the number one stop every winter here in Hawaii. Georgeson, 21, is also familiar with the road to victory, having recently clinched the 2004 A.S.P. women’s W.Q.S. championship.

The Roxy Pro will commence with a single trials heat to feature four up-and-coming surf stars who will battle it out for one wildcard into the main event. Trials competitors are Hawaii’s pre-teen surfing sensation Carissa Moore, New Zealand’s Lisa Hurunui, South African Rosie Hodge, and French champion Caroline Sarran.

Satellite feeds from both events will be made available. Details will be circulated as the event continues.

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is made possible through the support of a partnership of the world’s leading brands and media companies including: Ford Trucks, G-Shock, O’Neill, Rip Curl, Surfing Magazine, Oahu’s Turtle Bay Resort, The Honolulu Advertiser and Fox Sports Net.