The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing consists of 3 surfing competitions–the Vans World Cup of Surfing, the Hawaiian Pro and the Billabong Pipe Masters. These determine who will go on to the World Surf League’s World Title – the highest prestige in competitive surfing.
Winning any of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing events is a great feat already, but the biggest honour and prize ($50,000) goes to the surfer who performs best across all 3 events. In total, the prize money from all 3 events exceeds 1 million dollars.
And yet, it’s completely free for anyone to watch. Truly, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is the epitome of the Hawaiian Aloha Spirit which celebrates the joyful sharing of life. Those picture-perfect stunts by the best of the best in surfing will most certainly take your breath away.
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- Ride share: Ubers are rather expensive (about 20-30% more than the US mainland).
- Car rentals: Rent a smart car if you don’t mind going compact. Turo will allow you to borrow local’s cars. Parking is abundant and free near the event.
- Public Transportation: Day passes on public buses are extremely cheap but frequency of public transport average one per half an hour.
Surfing was never something that grabbed my enthusiasm, but even as a casual observer, I’m so glad I attended the Van’s Triple Crown of Surfing!
The event was easy to get – only a 30 minute drive from downtown Honolulu, and parking was easy once we arrived; we just parked maybe a 10 minute walk away (parking is more challenging as you get closer).
Attendance is free, which makes the event feel very organic and laid back. You can setup a lawn chair, have a picnic lunch, and stay however long you’d like!
I’ve always loved surfing but haven’t had many opportunities to surf. Watching surf champions barrel through some of the biggest waves in the world and seeing them emerge victorious is a vicarious enjoyment that marks one of the greatest highs of our Hawaii adventure.
Given that there are many surf competitions that take place throughout the year on the hallowed North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, I highly recommend that you catch one if you’re in Hawaii!
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