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Reef Hawaiian Pro kicks off the Triple Crown
Reef Hawaiian Pro kicks off the Triple Crown

Reef Hawaiian Pro

 

2012 Reef Hawaiian Pro Trailer

Haleiwa (Alii Beach Park) Best known as the gateway to the Seven-Mile Miracle, Oahu’s famed North Shore, Haleiwa town hosts the first stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Reef Hawaiian Pro. The event runs at Alii Beach Park on the west side of the Haleiwa Boat Harbor, where Haleiwa’s tricky reef is capable of delivering hollow rights, rippable sections and powerful closeouts.Haleiwa is a true test of a professional surfer’s ability to handle a multitude of conditions, all at the same break. From two to four feet, Haleiwa is a rippable peak, with most surfers favoring the longer rights. Its racey walls allow for high-performance surfing at its best. At four to six feet, the right can get hollow and heavy and competitors will sit deep and look for the longest barrels. Over six feet, Haleiwa can handle, but the waves transform into powerful, punishing walls of water that race down the reef before closing out over the extremely shallow Toilet Bowl section. The shallow slab of reef is responsible for critical and dangerous end-of-wave maneuvers, as well the occasional broken board. Best on a west swell, knowledge of the lineup is key at Haleiwa. As the surf increases in size, a strong rip develops across the lineup and can pull surfers out of position and right into the impact zone of an oncoming set. Most often, the winner at Haleiwa is the surfer who can handle themselves in a variety of conditions and have the stamina to continually fight the rip, heat after heat.

2012 Reef Hawaiian Pro Merchandise

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2012 Reef Hawaiian Pro Merchandise

Reef Hawaiian Pro Artist Alex Weinstein

The 2012 Reef Hawaiian Pro marks Reef’s 6th year hosting the event at one of the North Shore’s most beloved beaches and revered surf breaks. Reef commissioned esteemed artist, Alex Weinstein, to create the 2012 event artwork and to depict the iconic spot. Weinstein is best known for his emotive paintings and sculptures in which he intimately explores the ever-changing mood of the ocean environment. A lifelong and avid surfer, the work speaks directly to the immersive experience of time spent in the ocean while keeping an ardent discourse with contemporary issues in art. When asked about the inspiration behind the work, Weinstein added, “Hawaiian waves are heavy and the commitment is personal. For me, the Triple Crown is more about the physical and natural challenges facing the individual than it is about competition. The waves are the main attraction. It’s about handling the immense power, in physical and historical terms, of Hawaiian waves. Again, it's personal.”

Reef Hawaiian Pro Artist Alex Weinstein

Ross Williams Dissects the 2012 Clash of the Legends presented by Bud Light Lime

Local Haleiwa boy Ross Williams gives his two cents on the upcoming legendary battle between Sunny Garcia, Tom Curren, Kaipo Jaquias and Mark Occhilupo at the 2012 Reef Hawaiian Pro.

Clash of the Legends 2011 Highlights

The 2011 Clash of the Legends Momentum Generation presented Bud Light Lime went off in amazing surf at the Reef Hawaiian Pro! Ross Williams was the eventual winner of the 2 day battle ousting fellow competitors Shane Dorian, Kalani Robb, and Rob Machado.

Reef Hawaiian Pro 2011 Highlights

Haleiwa (Alii Beach Park) Best known as the gateway to the Seven-Mile Miracle, Oahu’s famed North Shore, Haleiwa town hosts the first stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Reef Hawaiian Pro. The event runs at Alii Beach Park on the west side of the Haleiwa Boat Harbor, where Haleiwa’s tricky reef is capable of delivering hollow rights, rippable sections and powerful closeouts.Haleiwa is a true test of a professional surfer’s ability to handle a multitude of conditions, all at the same break. From two to four feet, Haleiwa is a rippable peak, with most surfers favoring the longer rights. Its racey walls allow for high-performance surfing at its best. At four to six feet, the right can get hollow and heavy and competitors will sit deep and look for the longest barrels. Over six feet, Haleiwa can handle, but the waves transform into powerful, punishing walls of water that race down the reef before closing out over the extremely shallow Toilet Bowl section. The shallow slab of reef is responsible for critical and dangerous end-of-wave maneuvers, as well the occasional broken board. Best on a west swell, knowledge of the lineup is key at Haleiwa. As the surf increases in size, a strong rip develops across the lineup and can pull surfers out of position and right into the impact zone of an oncoming set. Most often, the winner at Haleiwa is the surfer who can handle themselves in a variety of conditions and have the stamina to continually fight the rip, heat after heat.


Vans Triple Crown

Every winter, powerful swells cross thousands of miles of open ocean and descend upon the Hawaiian Islands, creating some of the biggest, most powerful and most challenging waves on the planet. As these swells reach the shallow reefs along the 7 Mile Miracle on Oahu’s famed North Shore, the waves they produce beckon surfers from around the globe, who come in search of big waves, big barrels and a big reputation. With the world-class waves comes the most prestigious event series for professional surfers: The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Founded in 1983, the Triple Crown is set at three distinct breaks on the North Shore - Haleiwa, Sunset and Pipeline - and each wave requires power, commitment, style and a skill set to match the nuances at each reef. From the powerful walls at Sunset Beach to the infamous barrels at the Banzai Pipeline, the Triple Crown Champion is the surfer who has the diversity, ability and stamina to excel in the varying surf conditions at all three locations. The 30th annual Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, with a total prize purse of $820,000, runs from November 12 through December 23 on the North Shore of Oahu: In its 30th year, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing continues a rich surfing heritage of progression, high-performance and power surfing. It is a series where careers are made, reputations are forged and mistakes can have dire consequences. The prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title is a professional surfing milestone, one that rivals that of ASP World Champion.

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