26th Annual Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Starts Today

Powerful Surf On The Way For Reef Hawaiian Pro

Haleiwa, Oahu, HAWAII – (Nov. 12, 2008) – The 26th annual Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is poised to kick-off first thing this morning at Haleiwa’s Ali’i Beach Park, with an incoming WNW swell building for the start of the Reef Hawaiian Pro. The $170,000 Reef Hawaiian Pro is a men’s and women’s 6-star rated ASP World Qualifying Series event and will feature over 200 of the world’s top-ranked surfers.

Bede Durbidge

Defending Triple Crown Champion Bede Durbidge. Photo courtesy ASP World Tour/Covered Images.

Official Series surf forecaster Wetsand.com predict early forerunners of the swell to materialize Wednesdsay morning, building to a Thursday peak. Waves are anticipated to reach the high surf advisory level of 15 feet (wave face heights in excess of 20 feet). Winds may be the only obstacle for Thursday/Friday, with trade winds giving way to variables.

Hot on the heels of this initial swell, early data shows the potential for the first category XL swell of the North Shore season: waves in the 18-20 foot range (wave face heights in excess of 30 feet). This swell, though still in the crystal ball stage, is slated for Sunday arrival, persisting into Monday. Again, winds could pose potential challenges.

The Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa has been a feature of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing in recent years, boasting some of the largest waves contested during the Series.

Above 10 feet, it transforms into one of the most challenging waves on the North Shore with its neck-breaking rip-current, inside dredging “toilet bowl” section, and pitching take-off. It’s the kind of wave that suits power-house surfers like Hawaii trio Pancho Sullivan, Sunny Garcia and defending event champion Roy Powers, as well as defending Vans Triple Crown champion Bede Durbidge (Australia).

Above: defending Vans Triple Crown of Surfing champion and Reef Hawaiian Pro finalist Bede Durbidge (Australia), carving it up at Haleiwa.
Covered Images/Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

A decision on tomorrow’s competition will be made at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, for a possible 8 a.m. start. Tune in to www.triplecrownofsurfing.com and www.aspworldtour.com for live coverage.

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The 2008 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will offer a total prize purse of $815,000.
The events comprising the Series are:
Reef Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, Nov.12-23 – 6-star Prime WQS, men and women
O’Neill World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach, Nov.24-Dec.6 – 6-star Prime WQS men
Roxy Pro, Sunset Beach, Nov.24-Dec.6. Women’s World Tour event
Billabong Pipeline Masters, Pipeline, Dec. 8-20 – final men’s World Tour event
Billabong Pro Maui, Honolua Bay, Dec. 8-20 – final women’s World Tour event

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is made possible by support of the following partners:

Official Energy Drink: Rock Star
Official Airline: Hawaiian Airlines
Official Lodging: Turtle Bay Resort
Official Timing: Nixon
Official Media: Surfing Magazine
Official Car Rental: Advantage
Webcast Powered By: Wetsand
TV Partners: Fuel TV & Rush HD
Media Support: The Honolulu Advertiser
Connectivity Powered by: RoadRunner
Auto Support: JN Chevrolet
Official Water: Hawaiian Springs Water