Written by: Shannon Marie
A high surf warning will go into effect Tuesday night with wave face heights along Oahu’s North Shore expected to reach 20-30 feet. Just in time for the 2013 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, November 12th marks the official start of the waiting period, as all eyes focus on Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawai’i. As the most anticipated series of competitive surfing, the strong swell on the horizon ensures top performances by the world’s most dedicated athletes.
The first jewel of the series, the REEF Hawaiian Pro, is anticipated to begin Wednesday morning with 10 ft + surf. With $1 million in prize money on the line throughout the series, tune in to watch all the action from the North Shore this Winter here on TheSurfChannel.com!
Surfline.com swell chart illustrates potential intensity & surf heights of swell aimed at the Hawaiian Islands this week.
Kauai’s Sebastian Zietz is the Reef Hawaiian Pro defending champion, who kept a consistent performance to win the overall 2012 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.
Still frame by Hale Metzger.
Dane Reynolds (USA) performed with power and innovation in Haleiwa last year, as the California king participated in the first leg of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, along with the best surfers on the planet all hungry for a piece of the prize and career-dependent results. The most talked-about moment of the Reef Hawaiian Pro circulated around the Ventura, California native’s underscored aggression on a huge Hawaiian right.
The REEF Hawaiian Pro will feature 128 of the world’s best surfers, including John John Florence (HAW), Dane Reynolds (USA), Mick Fanning (AUS), competing for critical ASP Prime points and a share of $250,000. The winner of this event will take home $40,000 and an early lead on the 2013 Vans Triple Crown series ratings.
“We are tracking a potential strong North swell for the early stages of the Reef Hawaiian Pro,” said Surfline.com’s forecast manager Kevin Wallace. “At this point the swell looks largest on Thursday the 14th, although we will keep an eye out for a rapid building trend Wednesday. We will have more refined details as we see the storm develop in the next couple of days, so stay tuned.”
“While a northerly swell isn’t the most optimal for Haleiwa, the sheer size of this one means we will have plenty of waves on hand to get rolling,” said REEF Hawaiian Pro contest director Marty Thomas. “We’re probably looking at 8-10 feet, maybe bigger.”
Also hitting the waves this week will be four legends of the Vans Triple Crown: Michael Ho (HI); Sunny Garcia (HI); Kaipo Jaquias (HI); and Brad Gerlach (USA). They will battle in their own best-of-three showdown in the REEF Clash of the Legends. Garcia & Gerlach were at Haleiwa early this-morning, featured in a Live morning newscast from the beach.
“Are you kidding me? Any opportunity to surf Haleiwa and paddle out with these guys is an honor I’m not going to miss,” said Gerlach – former ASP world #2. “Sunny’s a machine, Kaipo’s one of the most under-rated power surfers of all time in my opinion, and Michael… well Michael’s just the Wizard. It’s going to be all-time.”
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater® is 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.
Each of the three events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has a two-week holding period within which to run, requiring 4 days of excellent surf to be completed.