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30 Years of Triple Crown of Surfing

Sebastian Ziets won the 2012 Triple Crown of Surfing title.  "Seabass" won the Reef Hawaiian Pro, finished third in the Vans World Cup of Surfing and progressed through to Round 3 at the Billabong Pipe Masters to claim the Triple Crown of Surfing 2012 title.

"Seabass", from Kauai, started surfing at 6 years old. No ID, passport or birth certificate meant he couldn't travel for a long time. Ziets trained with Andy and Bruce Irons, Roy Powers and Dustin Barca to build a solid career. He turned pro at 16 and always saw Pipeline as a scary wave. 2012 confirmed his status of surf star.

Before dedicating his win to Andy Irons, Seabass was carried down the beach from the Oakley house at Off The Wall to the stage at Pipeline on top of a big wave gun, in the coolest “chair” ever. Well done Bass! The 24-year-old surfer has already qualified for the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour. 

The first international surfing contests in Hawaii started in 1954 at Makaha. At the time, Makaha and Waikiki were the main surfing hubs on Oahu. The event ran annually in November or December through 1971 and was dubbed the unofficial world championships. 

In 1972, with a card table, 10 folding chairs, six surfers and $1,000 in prize money, former world champion surfer Fred Hemmings staged the first Pipe Masters event (originally called the Hawaiian Masters).

In 1983 1983, he organized the first Triple Crown of Surfing and created a separate professional surfing title in Hawaii to set apart the three Hawaii events—the Pipe Masters, the World Cup of Surfing and the Hawaiian Pro... 

30 years of Triple Crown of Surfing Winners:

2012 Triple Crown Winner: Sebastian Zeitz
Sebastian Zeitz 'Seabass won Haleiwa, was third at Sunset Beach and progressed to Round 3 at the Pipe Masters to claim the Triple Crown title.

2011 Triple Crown Winner: John John Florence
John John Florence born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, became the youngest Triple Crown Winner ever.

2010 Triple Crown Winner: Joel Parkinson
Joel Parkinson performs well in Hawaii. He won a three year run of Triple Crowns from 2008-2010.

2009 Triple Crown Winner: Joel Parkinson
Joel Parkinson performs well in Hawaii. He won a three year run of Triple Crowns from 2008-2010.

2008 Triple Crown Winner: Joel Parkinson
Joel Parkinson performs well in Hawaii. He won a three year run of Triple Crowns from 2008-2010.

2007 Triple Crown Winner: Bede Durbidge
Bede Durbidge took runner-up at Haleiwa, and then took the Billabong Pipe Masters victory.

2006 Triple Crown Winner: Andy Irons
Andy Irons dominated the Triple Crown of Surfing, he won it 4 times. He won every single event of the Triple Crown.

2005 Triple Crown Winner: Andy Irons
Andy Irons dominated the Triple Crown of Surfing, he won it 4 times. He won every single event of the Triple Crown.

2004 Triple Crown Winner: Sunny Garcia
Sunny Garcia has won six Triple Crown titles. A win at Billabong Pipe Masters still eludes him.

2003 Triple Crown Winner: Andy Irons
Andy Irons dominated the Triple Crown of Surfing, he won it 4 times. He won every single event of the Triple Crown.

2002 Triple Crown Winner: Andy Irons
Andy Irons dominated the Triple Crown of Surfing, he won it 4 times. He won every single event of the Triple Crown.

2001 Triple Crown Winner: Myles Padaca 
Hawaiian Myles Padaca made the final at Haleiwa and a victory at Sunset Beach, and was awarded the Triple Crown tile before the Pipe Masters started.

2000 Triple Crown Winner: Sunny Garcia
Sunny Garcia has won six Triple Crown titles. A win at Billabong Pipe Masters still eludes him.

1999 Triple Crown Winner: Sunny Garcia
Sunny Garcia has won six Triple Crown titles. A win at Billabong Pipe Masters still eludes him.

1998 Triple Crown Winner: Kelly Slater
Kelly Slater has two Triple Crowns to his name. The Floridian quickly became a dominant force on the North Shore.

1997 Triple Crown Winner: Mike Rommelse 
Aussie Mike Rommelse had never won an ASP event. in 1197 he won at Sunset Beach, finish ninth at Pipeline and took fifth at Haleiwa.

1996 Triple Crown Winner: Kaipo Jaquias
Kaipo Jaquias became the first Hawaiian from a neighboring island to win the Triple Crown title.

1995 Triple Crown Winner: Kelly Slater
Kelly Slater has two Triple Crowns to his name. The Floridian quickly became a dominant force on the North Shore.

1994 Triple Crown Winner: Sunny Garcia
Sunny Garcia has won six Triple Crown titles. A win at Billabong Pipe Masters still eludes him.

1993 Triple Crown Winner: Sunny Garcia
Sunny Garcia has won six Triple Crown titles. A win at Billabong Pipe Masters still eludes him.

1992 Triple Crown Winner: Sunny Garcia
Sunny Garcia has won six Triple Crown titles. A win at Billabong Pipe Masters still eludes him.

1991 Triple Crown Winner: Tom Carroll 
Tom Carroll is the second Australian to win a Triple Crown.

1990 Triple Crown Winner: Derek Ho
Derek Ho, Hawaii's first ever ASP World Surfing Champ. He holds four Triple Crown titles.

1989 Triple Crown Winner: Gary Elkerton
As the first Australian to win a Triple Crown, "Kong" inspired Australians to the performance seen today.

1988 Triple Crown Winner: Derek Ho
Derek Ho, Hawaii's first ever ASP World Surfing Champ. He holds four Triple Crown titles.

1987 Triple Crown Winner: Gary Elkerton
As the first Australian to win a Triple Crown, "Kong" inspired Australians to the performance seen today.

1986 Triple Crown Winner: Derek Ho
Derek Ho, Hawaii's first ever ASP World Surfing Champ. He holds four Triple Crown titles.

1985 Triple Crown Winner: Michael Ho

Older brother of Pipeline standout Derek Ho, Michael Ho won the inauguaral Triple Crown title.

1984 Triple Crown Winner: Derek Ho
Derek Ho, Hawaii's first ever ASP World Surfing Champ. He holds four Triple Crown titles.

1983 Triple Crown Winner: Michael Ho
Older brother of Pipeline standout Derek Ho, Michael Ho wins the inauguaral Triple Crown title

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