If you didn’t get a chance to head up to North shore yet to catch any action from the vans triple crown of surfing you have from now until December 20th to get in on the last of the action. For all of you who did get a chance to journey up to the North Shore you definitely were not disappointed as the Reef Hawaiian Pro and O’neill world cup of surfing was packed full of high performance surfing.
The Reef Hawaiian Pro, held at Alii Beach Park wrapped up with head high surf with Australia's Joel Parkinson (Gold Coast, QLD) making a quick return to competition after being out six months on the sidelines with injury from earlier on in the tour. Not only did he win the Reef Hawaiian Pro with a $20,000 prize purse but he also takes the lead in the Vans Triple Crown event. The next event, O’neill World cup of Surfing is the 2nd jewel of the Vans Triple Crown and the last event in completing the Men’s 2010 tour.
The event taking place at Sunset Beach Park started off with a bang with Perfect surf in the 6 to 8 foot range allowing for competitors to show off every aspect of their surfing abilities. Due to the decrease in swell the competition this year wasn’t the true Sunset beach but the surf held up to a mere 3-5 foot surf to bring the 2010 Men’s Championship tour to an end with Brazil’s Raoni Monterio taking the win. Raoni is only the second South American in 28 years to win an event here in Hawaii, making his win one for the history books.
Lots of emotion took place at the beach as dreams of up and coming surfers came to life as they qualify for next year’s 2011 Championship tour as others just fall short of making the Tour. The last event of the Triple Crown is an event that is a must see if you missed the other two events.
The Billabong Pipe Masters is full of heart pounding jaw-dropping action that takes place just yards away from the beach. If there is one event to be at this is the one, as the world’s best surfers battle for one of the most prized and prestigious events in the surfing world. Be sure to get up to this contest early, as parking is pretty much impossible to find. This is a great way to unwind after such a long semester of studying.