Stephanie Gilmore Wins The Cholo’s Hawaiian Pro At Haleiwa

Above: The final heat of the 2010 Cholo’s Hawaiian Pro…congrats Stephanie Gilmore!

World Champ Gilmore Wins Cholo’s Hawaiian Pro
Defending Vans Triple Crown Champ Joel Parkinson Launches Defense At Reef Hawaiian Pro Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing Presented by Rockstar Energy Drink

HALEIWA, Oahu, Hawaii – (Nov. 17, 2010) — Australian Stephanie Gilmore, the 4-time ASP world champion of surfing, eclipsed the field to win the Cholo’s Hawaiian Pro today – the first leg of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. With the world title locked away, Steph’s victory here puts her in good stead to gun for a third Vans Triple Crown title to round out the year. Gilmore, 22, earned $4,500 for today’s win.

Surfing in double-overhead waves, Gilmore was untouchable in every round with near-perfect scores and flawless, critical maneuvers. Runner-up was rookie Australian Tyler Wright, 16, from Lennox Head, who threw down some of the most futuristic maneuvers women’s surfing has ever seen, but failed to match Gilmore’s well-rounded performance. Third was Alana Blanchard (Hawaii), and Jacqueline Silva (Brazil) was fourth. Today’s results saw Wright, Blanchard and Silva lock in their berths on next year’s elite ASP World Tour.

“I’d love to at some point in my career have a win at every destination,” said Gilmore. “That would be awesome and being in the lead for the Triple Crown is a good feeling.

“Surfing Haleiwa is more about long drawn-out turns and reading the wave really well. Just picking those steeper spots, especially on this deep bank … to get the most critical turn in. I just enjoy right-handers of any kind, and I felt comfortable out there.”

Tyler Wright was full of praise for Gilmore: “It was really fun and good waves were coming through. I caught a couple, but Steph blew me out of the water.”

“She was absolutely ripping. She’s been ripping all year and it’s not really intimidating. I look at it from a different perspective as a challenge and I think it’s super exciting. It’s you out there with the best in the world so why shouldn’t you be excited?”

The next stop for the ladies is Sunset Beach, stage 2 of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Nov. 24 through Dec. 6. The third and final event, open to the top 4 Vans Triple Crown contenders only, is the Vans Duel for the Jewel at Pipeline, December 8-20.

Perfect Parko Is Back!
Opens Account At Reef Hawaiian Pro In Defense Of Triple Crown Title

Joel Parkinson was ablaze as he opened his account at the Reef Hawaiian Pro today with a perfect 10 and the highest heat score of the competition in defense of his Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title. Off the tour for the past six months nursing a serious foot injury, ‘Parko’ had the crowd on their feet as returned to pure brilliance in double-overhead surf. Joel signed off on the heat with the highest two-wave total score of the event to date: 19.87 out of a possible 20 points.

“I couldn’t ask for a better place to come back after a long injury,” said Parkinson. “It’s a lot easier to surf when you have a wave that pushes you hard. It’s really hard to surf on small little waves so it feels really good to be back in Hawaii.”

“I didn’t hear till midway through the heat that I got a 10, and I was like, ‘I got a 10?’ I thought they might have misprinted the zero or something.

“For sure, I want to defend (the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing), but you have to take it heat by heat I guess. Wave by wave. The foot feels good. I didn’t think it was that good, but it feels good now.

Other standouts of the round included Brazil’s Raoni Monteiro, Granger Larsen (Hawaii), Jay Quinn (NZ), Yadin Nichol (AUS), and Evan Valiere (Hawaii) who advanced behind Parkinson but could have won almost every other men’s heat today with his score of 16.5.

The Round of 96 was run to completion today, narrowing the field to 64 contenders who will battle it out through two more days of competition to crown the champion., official forecasters for the Vans Triple Crown expect today’s WNW swell will persist into tomorrow for day 4 action, with a similar new swell expected to arrive Sunday/Monday for the finals. The final bout of the Clash of the Legends will also be held on the last day of men’s competition.

The Reef Hawaiian Pro is the first stop of the 28th annual Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, and runs through November 23 at Haleiwa.

Live internet coverage happens every day, starting at 7:45 a.m. with “THE CALL” – the Triple Crown’s live daily morning show that features all the latest news, highlights and happenings. The series will also be broadcast live on television around Hawaii on Oceanic Time Warner Digital Cable channels 250 and HD1250.

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing consists of three men’s and three women’s professional surfing events that are the final stop on the 2010 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour. In its 28th year, the Vans Triple Crown is considered the most prestigious title in surfing next to the ASP World Title. Each event has an extended holding period with competition taking place on the biggest and best days of surf at each venue.