Monthly Archives: October 2012

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which runs from November 12 – December 20 in the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, will celebrate its 30th anniversary with $1Million in prize money. This year, there will also be a one-time $100,000 winner-takes-all cash bonus for the Triple Crown champion. Other goodies for the winner include a $30,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle from JN Automotive, and a custom $10,000 jewel encrusted Nixon watch.

Obviously, the Triple Crown of Surfing is a 3-event series. The final event of the 3-event series — the Billabong Pipe Masters — is the final event of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour and will crown the year’s ASP World Surfing Champion.

The Vans Triple Crown champion title is awarded to the top performing surfer after all three of the events of the series:

  1. THE REEF HAWAIIAN PRO
    Nov. 12-24, Haleiwa Ali’i Beach
    ASP Prime Prize Purse: $250,000
    Defending Champion: Taj Burrow (Australia)
  2. THE VANS WORLD CUP OF SURFING
    Nov. 25-Dec.6, Sunset Beach
    ASP Prime Prize Purse: $250,000
    Defending Champion: John John Florence (Hawaii)
  3. THE BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS
    Dec. 8-20, Banzai Pipeline
    ASP World Tour Prize Purse: $425,000
    Defending Champion: Kieren Perrow (Australia)

25 of the top 32 ranked surfers in the world are entered into the series, which pretty much guarantees an exciting surfing battle. We’re looking forward to watching 11-time world champion Kelly Slater and defending champion John John Florence, who last year at aged 19 became the youngest surfer to ever win the Triple Crown title, carve the waves. Slater last won the title in 1998.

This will be the largest global broadcast of professional surfing in history, broadcasting events into more than 200 million homes worldwide. . A list of networks and stations by country will be posted to www.vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com as soon as it is available.

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Is it Winter already? Yes, according to the Hawaii surf schedule. The first major winter swell is preparing to hit the Hawaiian Islands, just in time for the HIC PRO at Sunset Beach, starting Monday, October 29, and running through November 10. The HIC PRO, a $95,000 4-star rated Association of Surfing Professionals event, launches the 2012/13 North Shore big wave winter competition season.

The HIC PRO, known as a launching pad for local rising surf stars, offers critical points for surfers looking to elevate their international ranking and is a local qualifier for the 30th Anniversary $1 Million Vans Triple Crown of Surfing that will follow from November 12 through December 20.

A total of 144 surfers from 13 nations will compete in the HIC PRO, with half of its representation by local Hawaii surfers. The 4-star rating of the event makes it a critical source of ASP ratings points for all who have entered. Athletes will come from as far away as Argentina, France, and Australia.

The defending champion is 18-year old Ezekiel Lau, who just graduated from Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu and who just last week placed second in the ASP World Junior Championships in Bali. According to Lau, “I’m not approaching [the HIC PRO] as defending champion. It’s a brand new year, so it’s time to start all fresh and do it all over again. But I’m comfortable at home, I’m feeling relaxed, and I’ll just do what I have to do.”

The newly crowned ASP World Junior champion – Australia’s Jack Freestone – is also entered into the event. Other notable HIC PRO contenders include Hawaii’s Sebastian Zietz, 6-time Vans Triple Crown champion Sunny Garcia, former HIC Pro champions Billy Kemper, Pancho Sullivan and Myles Padaca, and Maui’s Ian Walsh and Clay Marzo. International contenders include #1 seed Jean De Silva (Brazil), former world champion Mark Occhilupo (Australia), and Joan Duru (France).

The HIC PRO will be webcast live at www.vans.com/hicpro, and broadcast on Oceanic Time Warner Cable in Hawaii and on the US West Coast on Time Warner Cable SportsNet (check local listings).

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SURFING Magazine’s Baby Cobras Contest is coming to a close. Baby Cobras, a competition for aspiring creative surfers, began this past August and has now narrowed it down to 6 finalists for each of its 3 categories – writers, photographers, and film-makers.

The contest was created for creative surfers who could work at a magazine, make a movie, or get those shots — maybe even better than the actual SURFING Magazine staff.

Participants (between the ages of 18 and 27, live in the USA and not work for any other surf media) were asked to tell a story about their home break in their medium of choice – through words, photos or video.

  • Video: Upload video that’s under 3 minutes
  • Photos: Create a photo series of between 5 and 10 photos
  • Writing: Upload a piece that’s between 100 and 1,000 words

All entries were then uploaded to the SURFING Magazine Facebook page, and submissions were voted by the public, who selected five winners from the all of the entries in each category. SURFING Magazine also selected one wildcard from each category. Six hopefuls per category are now headed to the final round. They will be given the chance to edit their work and resubmit for final judging by the SURFING staff. The overall three winners (one from each category) will be announced November 1st.

SURFING Magazine will send each of the three winners to Hawaii to document a week on the North Shore season, which will be published online and in the magazine.

There’s a taste of some of the photography finalists’ submissions. Check out www.surfingmagazine.com for more of their awesome creativity. Continue reading

As part of Raptober (the month long challenge to rise above plastics), the Surfrider Foundation is proud to present the 2nd Annual ONE FOOT AT A TIME plastic clean-up event. The goal again this year is to remove one thousand square feet of plastic from communities.

This fun and exciting event will bring together volunteers from across the country to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution by removing pieces of plastic trash from our environment one square foot at a time. The collected material will be used to create unique mosaic sculptures. Last year over 300 awesome submissions were received for the Surfrider Foundation’s 1st Annual One Foot at a Time event.

Surfrider Foundation will be awarding their favorite submissions with a host of prizes.

Here’s how to participate:

  • Step One: CLICK HERE to download one or all of the One Foot at a Time templates.
  • Step Two: Print out the template and tape the pieces together
  • Step Three: Go outside and collect as many pieces of plastic as you can from your local beach, park, playground, neighborhood, etc.
  • Step Four: Arrange the pieces of plastic that you’ve collected on your One Foot at a Time template. Make sure and cover the entire gridded area. Be creative – try and utilize the various shapes and colors of the plastic pieces you’ve collected to make your mosaic unique.
  • Step Five: Take a photo of your mosaic sculpture and send it to OFAAT@surfrider.org. Make sure to include your full name and location where you collected the trash to make your sculpture.
  • Step Six: Dispose of your One Foot at a Time sculpture in an appropriate waste container designated for recycling

Submitted pictures will be shared on http://www.raptober.org/images/. Check out the site to see last year’s winners.

The best mosaics will be awarded prizes, including:

  • Most Creative: OFAAT submission that shows the most creativity in terms of design. We will be rewarding one winner for each of the five templates.
  • Best Use of Materials: OFFAAT submission that makes the best use of collected materials (e.g. all bottle caps, all same color pieces of plastic, etc.)
  • Most Trash Collected: The person who makes the most OFAAT submissions (note – they’ll be comparing your pictures to make sure you’re not simply using the same pieces of trash over and over)
  • Best Photo: OFAAT submission with the best, most artistic photo
  • “The Wheel” – The person who submits the best overall OFAAT submission for ALL FIVE templates (must utilize unique pieces of trash for all submissions).

So… get your creative juices out there, while ridding the world of extraneous plastic and trash.

All photos must be submitted by next Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Winners will be notified and announced the first week of November.

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With Julian Wilson (AUS) winning the Rip Curl Pro Portugal event last Friday, the title race now moves to event number 9: the Coldwater Classic at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz, California from November 1-11, 2012.

It was an exciting final seconds at Supertubos when Julian Wilson (AUS) beat Gabriel Medina (BRA) with a barrel ride to win his first World Tour event. The win over 18-year-old Medina earned 23-year-old Wilson 10,000 points toward the World Tour title and $75,000, leaving Wilson in sixth place in the ranking.

11-time tour champion Kelly Slater (USA) failed to find a wave to get him to the semifinals. Kelly still remains in second place in the ASP World Tour rankings despite his bad finish in Portugal.

He is 5,500 points behind Joel Parkinson for the lead. Parkinson lost to Medina in the semifinals. He still maintains his overall lead for the 2012 title with 52,700 points.

With only 2 events left – the O’Neill Coldwater Classic Santa Cruz in California and Banzai Pipeline in Oahu – this means that the title race will go down to the wire at Pipeline for the first time since 2006.

The 25-year-old O’Neill Coldwater Classic is on the ASP World Tour for the first time since ASP created a two-tiered competition system in 1992. It also coincides with the 60th anniversary of O’Neill Wetsuits.

Here is the current ASP WCT TOP 5 (After Rip Curl Pro Portugal):

  1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 52,700 pts
  2. Kelly Slater (USA) 47,200 pts
  3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 47,000 pts
  4. John John Florence (HAW) 44,350 pts
  5. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 37,650 pts

The pressure is on!

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