The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is making history this year, by announcing the Triple Crown total prize purse will beÂ total of $1,000,000. This makes it the largest prize amount ever on the ASP World Tour. This prestigious Hawaiian series of events has more than 150 surfers from 17 different nations battling it out with a chance to win all that cash. The first event kicks off tomorrow, November 12, at Haleiwa on Oahuâ€™s North Shore.
The Vise President of Marketing at Vans, Doug Palladini, said â€œ2009 has been an incredible year for pro surfing and this Hawaii showdown will be a fitting finale. Vans has a 43-year history of giving back to action sports and I can think of no better way to carry on that tradition than with the Triple Threat bonus purse. On behalf of all the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing staff, our event partners Billabong, Reef, Oâ€™Neill, Gidget and the ASP, we are proud to share our aloha with the talented surfers who have made the Vans Triple Crown what it is today.â€
Here are the extra bonus winnings for the contenders:
$50,000 for the Menâ€™s Triple Crown series champion.
$50,000 for the Billabong Pipeline Masters winner.
$50,000 for the ASP World Tour champion.
$25,000 for the Womenâ€™s Triple Crown champion.
The world tour will end this year like it does every year, at Pipeline. The race is tight and it’s going to come down to Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning in a battle for first place. The title race has not ended at Pipeline since 2006, which was between Kelly Slater and Andy Irons, where Kelly went on to win and take down his 8th world title. Slater was last yearâ€™s world champ and also last yearâ€™s Pipeline champ.
The events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing:
Reef Hawaiian Pro (Men) – Haleiwa Aliâ€™i Beach Park, Nov, 12-23
Vans Hawaiian Pro (Women) – Haleiwa Aliâ€™i Beach Park, Nov, 17-23
Gidget Pro Sunset Beach (Women) – Sunset Beach, Nov. 24-Dec. 6
ONeill World Cup of Surfing (Men) – Sunset Beach, Nov. 24-Dec. 6
Billabong Pro Maui (Women) – Honolua Bay, Maui, Dec. 8-20
Billabong Pipeline Masters (Men) – Banzai Pipeline, Dec. 8-20
Catch the series live at triplecrownofsurfing.com
Hawaii residents will be able to watch the events right in their own homes on the Oceanic Time Warner Cable airing each day of competition live on channel 250. The Billabong Pipeline Masters also will air live on national television on Fuel TV.