For big name photographers, sponsors, fans,
and champion surfers, including six-time world champ Kelly
Slater and current world champ Andy Irons, the North Shore
will be the Mecca of surfing for the next several weeks. Parties
to celebrate the contest are being planned at popular locations
such as Breakers in Haleiwa and Wave Waikiki and Ocean Nightclub
in Honolulu’s Restaurant Row. Watch your local newspapers
for the dates for these events.
The Van’s Hawaiian Pro and Roxy Pro, with a grand prize
of $125,000, are the first official contests and will be held
at Haleiwa from Nov. 12 to Nov.24, depending on wave size and
conditions. Three full days of competition are required to complete
the Van’s Hawaiian Pro, and one full day of competition
is needed for the Roxy Pro, which is for professional women surfers
only and will be run concurrently with the men’s contest.
The second contest, the O’Neil Cup of Surfing, will be
held at Sunset Beach from Nov. 26 through Dec. 7. Four full days
of competition are required to complete the contest, which also
sports a grand prize of $125,000.
The third and final contest, the Rip Curl Pro Pipeline Masters,
will be held at Banzai Pipeline in Eukahi Park from Dec. 8 through
Dec. 20. Again four full days of competition are required to
complete the contest, which tempts surfers with a grand prize
The Billabong Pro, also held under the auspices of the Van’s
Triple Crown, will be held in Honolua Bay on the island of Maui
Dec. 8 through Dec. 19.
Each contest will be held on the days when the surf is the
biggest and the conditions are best, as determined by the
Daily start times are 8 a.m. First-place winners can tally up
to 1,000 points, second place can receive 860 points, and third
can get 730 points. Along with the individual winner’s
title for each contest, the surfer with the most points overall
is awarded a fourth title, the Van’s Triple Crown of Surfing
Champion. So watch your nightly news for surf reports and turn
your radio on every morning, and don’t miss a day of spectacular
surfing competion. And for result, and photos, watch these pages.