August 28th, 2015
Posts Tagged ‘vans triple crown’
John John Florence might be the most exciting surfer in the world today. Amidst his hallmark 2012 competitive season, the 20 year old jetted to Tahiti and Mexico and Indo and other mysto spots, he was on a mission for perfect waves.
The film is out on iTunes fairly soon, but if you happen to be on the North Shore of Oahu this Wednesday come by the Banzai skatepark at 6:30 PM for the premier and hang out with John John himself.
Early in the year he purchased his own Scarlet RED camera and decided to take his friend Blake Kueny along for the ride to document his surfing and travels. As the trips progressed so did John John’s surfing and the clips he was nailing. So he decided to make a short film titled Done.
The 23-minute profile film includes a cast of John’s best friends including: Nathan and Ivan Florence, Kiron Jabour, Matt Meola and Albee Layer. Some of the most progressive surfers in the world just happen to be John John’s friends and family, and these trend-setting, limit-pushing, death-defying surfers ride for the top brands on SWELL like Vans, Sanuk, O’Neill and Dakine. Start shredding all their signature products available at SWELL.
Just as John’s year started out with a bang (winning the Volcom Pipe Pro) it looks like it will end with an exclamation point with his first self-produced film, and his campaign to defend his Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Title. Watch the Sunset slab-fest set to run the finals tuesday 12/4 here.
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The Mens world tour surfers have dreaded this day for a long time, not because they dislike female surfing, but they fear them as competitors. The womens tour surfers have closed the talent gap in the last two years, and the men fear to be the first to fall to a female.
With Carrissa claiming the women’s world title and officially clocked as the fastest surfer on either tour, she looks primed to make history. Carrissa competed against men at trestles a couple years ago, and got smoked by Adriano and Shane Beschen. But now she’s on her home turf with the pride of Hawaii on her shoulders.
Taj drew Carissa in the first round of the Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, and he’s already hearing the heckles from fellow WT bros, but he respects the reality of defeat “It’s an awful thought losing to a girl! But she hangs the tail out most turns. If I were to lose to a girl a few years ago I’d be super freaked, but Carissa definitely rips.”
Watch tomorrow live during the Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa. The way she’s been ripping, dont be suprised to see her steal the whole Vans Triple Crown.
Read the entire press release an Carissa’s Triple Crown campaign
12.15.2010-Ehukai (The Banzai Pipeline) Beach Park-Joel Parkinson solidifies his post injury comeback by winning his third straight Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. He tied ASP rookie of the year Owen Wright in a round 3 heat, at glassy head-high backdoor, but was eliminated on a count back. Joel needed Mick Fanning and Ace Buchan to lose the comp. He succeeded when Hawaiian Dusty Payne knocked off Mick, and Ace fell to Slater.
Parko ranked eighth in the world before his heel injury that took him out of world title contention. His drop in rank meant he had to battle though extra heats against hungry Hawaiians to defend his crown. His victory at the Reef Hawaiian Pro propelled his run at the $25,000 prize money, and secured his status as a future world title contender.
We hope Parko’s comeback victory drives Slater to pursue his eleventh title, since rivalries like “Slater vs. A.I.” keeps the 10x champ competing. Slater semi-retired the tour in 1999 after winning five titles in six years, then lost interest due to lack of progression and formidable competition in the title race. Slater still sounded unsure about his future during post-contest interview.
Jeremy Flores won the 2010 Billabong Pipe Masters over Kieren Perrow in a buzzer beater final, and the road to his first WCT victory was an equally radical Backdoor shootout. J-Flo snuck into the final by beating Slater under his priority in another nail biting semi-final. Maybe his hand-drawn A.I. tributes on his board propelled him over the champ, as only A.I. could.
J-Flo earns $75,000 for his victory and the Gerry Lopez pipe gun trophy, and KP “The Backdoor Bandit” banked $30,000 as the runner-up. During Flores’ emotional victory speech he stated, “I dedicate this to Andy. He’s my idol. A.I. forever”.
Other news from the competition:
- Dusty Payne re-qualifies in buzzer beater over Fanning
- ASP announces east coast US tour stop next season
- Brett Simpson qualifies for tour in place of Andy Irons
- Kelly and Dane remain uncertain of future competitive plans
An other side story in the Triple Crown race unfolded when second ranked Julian Wilson was denied his chance to challenge in the Pipe Masters. He made a legit run at the prize money after placing in back to back finals at Sunset and Haleiwa. Wilson lost his chances for the crown when the ASP and HPSU (Hawaii Pro Surfers Union), prematurely selected pipe wildcards weeks before the comp. Wilson’s initial humble reactions yielded to annoyance with the ASP when he tweeted: “Trying really hard to contain my frustration towards the asp. Triple crown is what dreams are made of. Give me a crack at it!!!!!”. Well, he’ll get a shot next season with his WCT qualification. Congrats Julian!
Many thought Jamie O’Brien’s broken arm opened a slot for Wilson, but Hawaiian nepotism favored legendary lifeguard, Dave Wassel, who nearly knocked off world no.2, Jody Smith in rd.3.
However, Julian Wilson’s free-surf pipe wave still stands to win Surfline’s $25,000 prize for “The Wave of the Winter”, and earned the title of Vans Triple Crown of Surfing “Rookie of the Year”.
Check out the wave of the winter entries at Surfline, and get all the gear from the contest at SWELL. We carry everything you saw like Kelly Slater’s KS10 gear, official contest gear, pro-model surfboards, and everything you need for Pipeline.