North Shore readies for Triple Crown

North Shore readies for Triple Crown

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's the time of year when Oahu's North Shore becomes the center of the surfing universe. The Van's Triple Crown of Surfing, comprised of the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the Van's World Cup of Surfing and the Billabong Pipemasters will most likely begin Wednesday at Haleiwa.

"We've got some solid surf on hand" said Marty Thomas of the Triple Crown. "Surf today is in the 10-12 foot range" he continued.

Thomas stopped short of calling the tournament 'on', but with the swell pumping, it's as close to a guarantee that it will.

Businesses are preparing for the swell as much as the competitors are.

"We love it man, the best in the world are on our doorstep" said Cherie Gross of the HIC Surf Shop. She noted that the Triple Crown brings big business to the shop and area in general.

"We sell a lot of boards through the Haleiwa HIC shop, and there's a lot of tourists who come out to see big waves and catch the Triple Crown action".

The holding period for the Reef Hawaiian Pro runs from November 12-23. The Van's World Cup of Surfing, which takes place at Sunset Beach, runs from November 24 through December 6. The Billabong Pipemasters, which takes place at the Banzai Pipeline, runs from December 8-20.

The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave tournament, or 'The Eddie' which is unaffiliated with the Triple Crown, is a one day event at Waimea Bay. The holding period runs from December 1 through February 28.

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