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 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.
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Philip Andrew Irons (July 24, 1978 – November 2, 2010) was an American professional surfer. Irons originally began surfing with his brother Bruce on the shallow and dangerous waves of Kauai, Hawaii, before being spotted by a local surfboard brand and flown to North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii to compete and develop their skill. Over the course of his professional career, he won three world titles (2002, 2003, 2004), three Quiksilver Pro France titles (2003, 2004, 2005), two Rip Curl Pro Search titles (2006 and 2007) and 20 elite tour victories including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing four times from 2002-2006. On September 3, 2010 he won the Billabong Pro Teahupoo in Tahiti. He and his family hosted the Annual Irons Brothers Pinetrees Classic, a contest for youngsters. The Governor of Hawaii declared February 13 forever "Andy Irons Day". He is the only surfer to have won a title at every venue on the ASP calendar.Bede Durbidge
Bede Durbidge (born 23 February 1983) is an Australian professional surfer competing on the World Surf League World Tour. Durbo, Bej and The White Fijian are his nicknames.Billabong Pipeline Masters
The Billabong Pipeline Masters is an event in surfing held annually at Banzai Pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii. It was established in 1970 and attracts the top 45 surfers from The World Surf League (WSL) as well as 16 surfers who compete in walk-on trials. The surfers compete for a share of US$525,000 prize money. The event is the final leg of the Triple Crown of Surfing and the final event on the WSL Championship Tour.C. J. Hobgood
Clifton James "C.J." Hobgood (born July 6, 1979) is a World Surf League (WSL) World Championship surfer. He has a twin brother, Damien. They both compete in top-tier professional surfing events around the world.C.J. Hobgood entered his first surfing contest in 1989 and made the Open Boys final. He placed second in a national competition the following year. He won several other championships and in 1998 he was selected as the model for the new National Scholastic Surfing Association logo. In 1999, CJ was the Association Surfer Professionals Rookie of the Year. In 2001 he won the WSL World Championship. He currently resides in Satellite Beach, Florida with his wife and daughter, near his younger brother Travis, his younger sister Marissa, and his parents.
Along with surfing, Hobgood also plays tennis, and his filmography includes Noah's Ark, The Outsiders produced by Walkingonwater.org, Down the Barrel (2007), Inaugural Hobgood Challenge (2007), Somewhere, Anywhere, Everywhere. He has won the 2007 US Open of Surfing. He has also won the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach, Part of the Van's Triple Crown of Surfing Competition, in Hawaii in 2008.
The Hobgoods both graduated from Satellite High School in 1997. Also, they previously operated The Goods Surf and Skate in Indialantic, Florida.He joined the Christian surfers movement.Carissa Moore
Carissa Kainani Moore (born August 27, 1992) is an American professional surfer and the 2011, 2013 and 2015 WSL Women's World Tour Champion.In 2013, she was named by Glamour magazine as one of their Women of the Year. She became a member of the Surfers' Hall of Fame in 2014.Dana Brown
Dana Brown (born December 11, 1959 in Dana Point, California) is an American surfer and filmmaker, and is the oldest son of filmmaker Bruce Brown. His films include The Endless Summer Revisited (2000) which is made up of unused footage from The Endless Summer (1964) and The Endless Summer II (1994), as well as some original interviews with the stars of those films. His first all-original film was Step Into Liquid (2003) followed by a documentary on the Baja 1000 titled Dust to Glory (2005). In 2009, he debuted a new film called Highwater during the 100th anniversary of the Santa Monica Pier; the film follows life on the North Shore and the surfers who compete in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. In 2014, the movie On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter continues the saga of motocross documentaries which began with the 1972 Academy Award for Documentary Feature nominated film On Any Sunday (1971).Fred Hemmings
Fred Hemmings (born January 9, 1946) is an American surfer, author, business man and political leader.
Fred Hemmings attended Punahou school were he was co- captain of the league championship football team in 1964. A well-known surfer surfer, Hemmings won the Makaha International Surfing Championships,(2x) the Peruvian Championships and won the World Surfing championship (Puerto Rico 1968)
Hemmings retired from competition and inaugurated the first major pro surfing events including the Pipeline Masters, 1971. Along with Randy Rarick he Co founded the first pro surfing circuit, Int. Professional Surfing. The Pro surfing circuit is now operated by the World surfing league,WSL. Hemmings served as a Republican member of the Hawaii Senate from the 25th District from 2001 to 2011.Hemmings is credited with the founding of Papahanaumokuakea the world largest marine sanctuary created by presidential Evecutive order by President George W Bush. The NW archipelago was part of Senator Hemmings district.
Fred Hemmings has 4 children and 7 grandchildren. He lives in Hawaii and is a active public speaker specializing in Hawaii and surfing.district Elected in 2000, he served as Senate Minority Leader from 2002 to 2010. Previously he was a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1984 through 1990.
During the 1960s, Hemmings won the Mākaha International Surfing Championships four times, two Junior division and two Senior wins, He also won the Peruvian International Surfing Championships in 1964, and then from the surf of Rincon, Puerto Rico, Hemmings won the World Surfing championship in 1968. Hemmings is credited with being the “father of Professional surfing”. He inaugurated the Pipeline masters in 1971, and owned and produce all the events in the Triple Crown of Surfing.
All three major television networks had contracts with Hemmings to cover his events.
Fred Hemmings cofounder along with Randy Rarick of Hawai’i the first world pro tour of surfing which is now operated by the World Surfing League. Hemmings was also a steersman on four Molokai to Oahu Outrigger Canoe racing Champion teams, and to this day is a pioneer canoe surfing steersman. He attended Punahou School where he is an inductee of the Punahou School Athletic Hall of Fame.Punahou has a wonderful surfing history. Hemmings was inducted into the International Surfing Hall of Fame, and in 1999 the Hawaii State Sports Hall of Fame.He was the Republican nominee for Governor of Hawaii in the 1990 election. He had lost the general election to incumbent Democratic governor John D. Waiheʻe III.
Fred Hemmings has authored several books including his best seller “Local Boy”.Gabriel Medina
Gabriel Medina Pinto Ferreira (born 22 December 1993) is a Brazilian professional surfer, also the 2014 and 2018 WSL World Champion. Medina joined the world's elite of the World Surf League Tour in 2011, and in his rookie year he finished within the top 12 of the ASP (now WSL) World Tour at the age of 17. In March 2014 he won the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast. Media sources credit him as being the second person to have executed a maneuver called the "Backflip". Medina also became the first person ever to land this move in competition.Griffin Colapinto
Griffin Colapinto (born July 29, 1998 in Mission Viejo, California) is an American professional surfer. In 2017, Colapinto won the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing event. That same year, he also won the Men's Qualifying Series and qualified for the World Championship Tour.Joel Parkinson
Joel Parkinson (born 10 April 1981) is an Australian surfer who competes on the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) World Tour. After twelve years competing at the elite level on the ASP World Championship Tour, a stretch that saw him win eleven elite ASP World Title Events, plus nine additional ASP tour events, and achieve runner-up second place to the ASP World Title four times, Parkinson won the ASP World Championship Tour Surfing Title on 14 December 2012 in Hawaii at the Banzai Pipeline during the ASP World Tours' final event for 2012–the Billabong Pipeline Masters. Parkinson hung on in a back and forth battle with eleven-time ASP World Title holder, Kelly Slater, to get his first World Title, as well as go on to win the Pipeline Masters, only after Slater lost his semi-final heat to Josh Kerr, of Queensland, Australia. Parkinson beat Kerr in the finals of the event, which was his seventh top-five placing for the year, and his first event title win for 2012.Julian Wilson (surfer)
Julian Wilson (born 8 November 1988) is an Australian professional surfer who competes on the World Surf League Men's World Tour.
Julian has already won many of surfing’s most iconic events and despite being on tour for a short time, his resume resembles that of a tour veteran. Julian’s impressive competitive success as well as his down-to-earth and like able personality have made him one of the industry’s most desired athletes.
In addition to serving as a proud spokesman for many of surf’s most respected brands, Julian has also been featured in hundreds of editorial articles and has appeared on the covers of surfing’s top magazines.Kat Reeder
Kat Reeder is a Peruvian-American artist, illustrator and graphic designer whose work is characterized by bright colors and attractive female faces. Her work combines elements of pop art, animation, art nouveau illustration, photography and urban art. Reeder is based in Makaha, HI on the island of Oahu.Reeder's original paintings and Illustrated prints have shown in galleries in Hawaii, Japan and throughout the American mainland from Southern California to Miami.
Reeder has been called Hawaii's preeminent illustrator, and her client list includes The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, Starwood Hotels, Grammy nominated Singer Raietea Helm, LeSportsac, and Toyota, among others.
Reeder has been featured in local, national and international media outlets for her illustrations and artwork including Hawaii Magazine (U.S. nationwide), Aloha Street Magazine(Hawaii), On The Board Magazine (Japan National), and as a featured interview on J-Wave Japanese National Radio.
In July 2012, Reeder collaborated with LeSportsac Hawaii to launch a line of bags with her designs, exclusively for the Hawaii market.North Shore (Oahu)
The North Shore, in the context of geography of the Island of Oʻahu, refers to the north-facing coastal area of Oʻahu between Kaʻena Point and Kahuku. The largest settlement is Haleʻiwa.
This area is best known for its massive waves, attracting surfers from all around the globe.O'Neill World Cup of Surfing
The O'Neill World Cup of Surfing is a prestigious event in professional surfing held annually at Pūpūkea (Sunset Beach) on Oahu in Hawaii.
The event attracts hundreds of elite surfers from around the world, and is known for its huge waves. It is the second tournament in the Triple Crown of Surfing.Reef Hawaiian Pro
The Reef Hawaiian Pro is a surfing event held annually on the North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii. It is currently the first leg of the Triple Crown of Surfing. Surfers compete for a share of $135,000 (men) or $35,000 (women) prize money. Since it carries a 6-star rating, the event is critical for those who want to qualify for the ASP World Tour.Sunny Garcia
Sunny Garcia (born Vincent Sennen Garcia on January 14, 1970 in Mā'ili, on the Westside of Oahu, Hawaii) is a professional surfer. He grew up in Wai'anae and, after leaving school, debuted on the 1986 Gotcha Pro at Sandy Beach, Oahu, beating the 1984 champ Tom Carroll.His top surfing achievement was becoming the ASP WCT World Champion in 2000 but Garcia also holds the record for most WQS event wins, 22, and holds six Triple Crown of Surfing titles. In addition, he was the second professional surfer to win over $1 million in prize money. He initially retired in 2005 but is now competing again, although in 2008, his hopes for ASP World Tour qualification were dashed with early elimination in the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing.Surfing Magazine
Surfing Magazine, originally titled International Surfing Magazine, was a magazine that was founded in 1964 by Orange County local Dick Graham and surf photographer Leroy Grannis. Later the magazine was acquired by Adrian B. Lopez, a New York magazine publisher who relocated the magazine to the east coast. Eventually the title became Surfing Magazine and moved to Southern California.
In 1980, Australian millionaire Clyde Packer bought the magazine after leaving his native Australia and settling in Laguna Beach and ultimately, Santa Barbara. The magazine moved its offices to San Clemente where it was published for more than 15 years before being purchased by Primedia, and later purchased again by supermarket magnate Ron Burkle's Source Interlink. Always in competition with nearby Surfer Magazine, ultimately both magazines came under the ownership of Source Interlink.
In November 1995, the magazine's Senior Editor Skip Snead worked with Santa Cruz aerial innovator Shawn "Barney" Barron to develop the Surfing Magazine "Airshow" an aerial surfing competition. Surfing Magazine was the official magazine for Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and the National Scholastic Surfing Association. Many popular features include Annual Green Issue and Annual Swimsuit Issue, Shaper of the Year, and International Surfing Day.In January 2017, the magazine's owners, TEN: The Enthusiast Network, announced that Surfing Magazine would cease its print edition and its digital assets would be folded into fellow TEN title and longtime competitor Surfer. The last issue of the magazine appeared in January 2017.Triple Crown
A Triple Crown is the act of winning or completing the three most important, difficult, or prestigious events, feats, or prizes in a given field. Originating in England in the mid-19th century in the sport of horse racing, it has spread to other competitive endeavors.