Triple Crown of Surfing
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The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is a Hawaiian specialty series of professional surfing events that take place on the North Shore of Oahu - a coastline world famous in the surfing world for its powerful winter swells that the can reach 50 feet in height. The Triple Crown was Founded by Former World Champion (1968) Fred Hemmings who produced the Triple Crown events. The three unique venues each with its own set of challenges for the surfer. They are also the last three major events of the professional surfing season; the Pipeline Masters being the final event of the World Surf League Championship Tour.
The events are:
- The Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park (Nov. 12 - Nov. 24)
- The World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach (Nov. 25 - Dec. 6)
- The Pipeline Masters at Ehukai Beach Park (in Pūpūkea, and home to the Banzai Pipeline) (Dec. 8 - Dec. 20).
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is second only to the World Surf League's World Title in terms of prestige and difficulty. It is considered to be the ultimate test of a surfer's ability to master the large and consequential waves in surfing's most legendary arena, among the most talented field of competitors in the sport.
In addition to individual event champions, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing crowns an overall champion each year. This goes to the surfer who has performed best across all three competitions.