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Hawaii — By byun on November 14, 2009 at 12:24 am

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

photo courtesy of szeke/Flickr

photo courtesy of szeke/Flickr

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink will make history this year with its “Triple Crown – Triple Threat” bonus purse, making 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 will have a crack at the loot. 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 series kicked off Thursday, November 12, at Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore with the Reef Hawaiian Pro event.  The event just had one day of high surf, but will likely be off for a few days, as the surf in the country is subsiding. The Triple Crown 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.

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  • Jon Rochetti says:

    This is an event I would love to see – a surfing competition off of Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore. Not something seen on the East Coast.

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