– EVENT NO. 1 WILL FEATURE BEST AIR GAMES IN SURFING
– TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY PULSE LIKELY TO SEE COMPETITION UNDERWAY
2016 Hawaiian Pro at Hale’iwa Ali’i Beach Park. Image: WSL / Freesurf / Heff
HALEIWA, Oahu/Hawaii – (Saturday, November 11, 2017) — Opening day of the 2017 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS) holding period will kick off tomorrow with Event No. 1, the Hawaiian Pro, at Haleiwa Ali’i Beach. This competition is the second to last World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 event and holds major qualification implications for athletes looking to join the Championship Tour (CT) and maintain their place among the world’s best.
The Hawaiian Pro event window will run from November 12 – 24, followed by event No. 2 of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Vans World Cup of Surfing, from November 25 – December 6 and event No. 3, the Billabong Pipe Masters, from December 8 – 20.
With small surf in the forecast for the Hawaiian Pro, Event No. 1 of the VTCS will be an opportunity for the best in the air game business to shine, including CT competitors Felipe Toledo (BRA) and John John Florence (HAW).
Last year, Florence won the Hawaiian Pro with a mash-up of aerial maneuvers and powerful surfing and will look to defend his title to secure an early lead for a fourth VTCS victory.
Local wildcard Kalani David (HAW) is also known for his progressive aerial technique and has been sharpening his tools in freesurfs around the North Shore. The waves on offer at Haleiwa will bode well for his style and David looks forward to the opportunity to test his prowess against the stacked field, which includes over 80 percent of the CT’s top 34.
Contest organizers will assess conditions each morning, however the forecast is showing strong indication that the surf will pick up early-mid next week.
“We are looking at a small surf forecast for the Hawaiian Pro waiting period,” said WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Tour Manager and VTCS Event Director Marty Thomas. “The good news is there is a moderate mid-range WNW swell on the way for mid next week, which should provide three to four days of contestable surf. We will need to max out this swell as the long-range forecast shows more NE swell, which misses Haleiwa.”
The weather pattern known as La Nina, the periodic cooling of the equatorial eastern and central Pacific Ocean, is expected to bring above average trades and N to NE swell and below average WNW to NW swell to Hawaii this winter season. However, the North Shore experienced a similar La Nina pattern in 2008/09 and saw big wave veteran Greg Long win the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational in 2009 in massive surf at Waimea Bay.
Fans can expect an exciting showdown from some of Hawaii’s top athletes during Round One of competition, including 2014 Hawaiian Pro victor Dusty Payne and recently crowned WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Junior Champion Barron Mamiya, who will debut his rookie VTCS performance in Heat 5 against Payne, Dion Atkinson (AUS) and Taumata Puhetini (PYF). Another rookie standout will be Maui’s Cody Young, who finished as a Semifinalist in the recent HIC Pro at Sunset Beach, which qualified him for the Hawaiian Pro.
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