Written by: The Surf Channel
Countdown to the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is here… Held on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu’s North Shore, the prestigious title as Triple Crown Champion is sought after by every all elite competitor. Kauai boy Sebastian Zietz (HAW) will return to defend his 2012 victory, now with experience from his rookie season on the ASP World Tour Surfing circuit.
Still frame by: Surf Channel | Jaredd Bell
All eyes now turn to the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing 2013 hydrated by vitaminwater® – the world’s premier series of professional surfing events that will culminate with a 2-man battle between Kelly Slater (USA) and Mick Fanning (AUS) for the 2013 men’s ASP World Title. From November 12 through December 20, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, $960,000 in prize money and a number of highly coveted titles will be offered across three ASP sanctioned events, including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series champion.
Australia’s Mick Fanning controls the ASP World Championship Tour rankings after nine events. He holds the lead over Kelly Slater (USA), who is the only surfer that can possibly stand between him and the 2013 title. For Slater, it’s a tall order, but one he has filled before: Win the Billabong Pipe Masters and make sure his rival places no higher than 5th. Nothing less will do.
Pipeline is unforgiving. Just ask Josh Kerr (AUS). Photo: Surf Channel | Shannon Quirk
Heat Highlights from the 2012 Billabong Pipemasters featuring Joel Parkinson, Kelly Slater and more:
Fanning is well aware of the stakes, being a two-time world champion who won the world title here in 2007 and 2009. He has signed up for all three events of the Vans Triple Crown and will be at the top of his game for the ultimate showdown at Pipe.
Remember this layback from Dane Reynolds (USA) during the 2012 Reef Hawaiian Pro? Watch it again:
Watch it again… and again…
The 2012 Reef Hawaiian Pro finalists to watch out for at Haleiwa – John John Florence (HAW), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Fred Patacchia (HAW) and Alejo Muniz (BRA). Photo: Surf Channel | Hale Metzger
The Vans Triple Crown is a tradition in its own right that has been upheld for the past 30 years. It is awarded to the most consistent performer across all three of the events of the series and carries a $10,000 bonus.
Incredibly, Fanning has never won any of the individual events of the series, nor the Vans Triple Crown title. A feature of every great surfer’s accomplishments through history, there’s no doubt he has his eyes on it. Expect to see his major competition for the Triple Crown title come in the form of Hawaii’s own John John Florence and Sebastian Zietz. They will be applying the pressure from the get-go, when competition begins at Haleiwa’s Reef Hawaiian Pro, November 12.
The Hawaiian Airlines AirShow also returns again this year, offering 250,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles to the surfer who executes the most spectacular aerial maneuver of the series. Florence claimed the miles last year and is expected to be a front-runner again this winter.
Each of the three events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has a two-week holding period within which to run, requiring just 3-4 days of excellent surf to be completed.
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#1 – THE REEF HAWAIIAN PRO
Nov. 12-23, Haleiwa Ali’i Beach
ASP Prime Prize Purse: $250,000
Defending Champion: Sebastian Zietz (Hawaii)
#2 – THE VANS WORLD CUP OF SURFING
Nov. 24-Dec. 6, Sunset Beach
ASP Prime Prize Purse: $250,000
Defending Champion: Adam Melling (Australia)
#3. THE BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS
Dec. 8-20, Banzai Pipeline – WORLD TITLE DECIDER
ASP World Championship Tour Prize Purse: $450,000
Defending Champion: Joel Parkinson (Australia)
DEFENDING ASP WORLD CHAMPION: Joel Parkinson (Australia)
DEFENDING VANS TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION: Sebastian Zietz (Hawaii)
CURRENT ASP WORLD RATINGS LEADER: Mick Fanning (Australia)