Haleiwa, Oahu/HAWAII– (Wednesday, November 13, 2019) – The holding window for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, one of the industry’s longest-running heritage surf series, opened today with a traditional Hawaiian protocol ceremony at Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park, the site of the Hawaiian Pro and first event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.
Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park is revered as the gateway to the North Shore and also the starting point for many professional surfers’ careers. Local athletes such as Ezekiel Lau, Carissa Moore, Makuakai Rothman and John John Florence began competing at this wave during the annual keiki surf contest, the North Shore Menehune Surfing Championships, and consider it a gathering point for family, friends and year-round celebrations.
Today, the opening protocol featured traditional oli (chants) from Hawaiian community members Manu Boyd and Na ‘Ohana Kai, along with offerings of maile lei and mana’o (thoughts, ideas) to the ocean in a show of gratitude. Athletes gathered at Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park along with Vans Triple Crown staff, World Surf League (WSL), media and community members to take part in the ceremony, which connected the traveling contingent to the local land and residents.