North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii — For the first time in Vans Triple Crown of Surfing history, millions of surf enthusiasts across the globe can catch extensive live coverage from all three events at www.triplecrownofsurfing.com. With the women’s world and men’s Vans Triple Crown titles on the line, online coverage is underway with a heavy and growing number of internet viewers tuning in.
Featuring wall-to-wall contest coverage from the first heat of the Vans Hawaiian Pro (Nov. 12 to 24) and the O’Neill World Cup (Nov. 26 — Dec. 7) to the podium at the Rip Curl Pro Pipeline Masters (Dec. 8 — 20), highlights include live video (high and low bandwidth), live audio and real-time scoring. Detailed information is available on all three men’s and both women’s competitions along with press releases, photographs, past champions and historical overviews. There’s also an online store loaded with souvenir Vans Triple Crown of Surfing merchandise.
The women’s world champion will be decided during either the Roxy Pro (Nov. 12 — 24) or Billabong Pro Maui (Dec. 8 — 19). Peruvian Sofia Mulanovich is on the verge of becoming the first South American to win the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) crown. All that stands in her way is Hawaiian tour veteran Rochelle Ballard, currently sitting in the number two position and also chasing her maiden world title. Can Ballard play the role of spoiler?
A much anticipated showdown also looms between three-time reigning world champion Andy Irons (Hawaii) and six-time champ Kelly Slater (Florida) — the pair has collectively captured four Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and seven Pipeline Masters titles. Has Andy finally ended the king’s reign and proven his dominance once-and-for-all, or can Slater pull another magic rabbit out of the hat as he has so many times in the past?
“Traffic to triplecrownofsurfing.com is well ahead of last year and expected to increase over the next several weeks, said Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Executive Director Randy Rarick. “Surf fans are really following the women’s title race. And now that Andy Irons has already wrapped up the world title, there’s a huge interest in whether or not Kelly Slater can recapture his magic and win an unprecedented sixth Rip Curl Pro Pipeline Masters and his third Triple Crown title.
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, Roxy.com, Surfline.com, Oahu’s Turtle Bay Resort, The Honolulu Advertiser and Fox Sports Net.