For 35 years, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has been sharing and celebrating one of the most significant sporting series in the world. The Hawaiian Pro, the Vans World Cup of Surfing, and the Billabong Pipe Masters make up the three-event series that crowns the World Surf League Champion, determines the new WSL Championship Tour roster and names the best professional surfer of the Hawaiian winter season in dramatic fashion. This year, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS), which takes place November 12 – December 20, will bring one of the tightest World Title races in recent history to the North Shore of Oahu.
All four title contenders – John John Florence (HAW), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Julian Wilson (AUS) are confirmed to compete in one or more events in the VTCS. These top professional athletes represent a geographically diverse scale of surfing’s global reach and its infiltration into mainstream big-league sports, with four different countries characterized in the World Title race.
The VTCS boasts a combined prize purse of more than one million dollars across all three events with a hefty $50,000 going to the surfer who wins the series title. Hawaii athletes have dominated the North Shore’s competitive surf season and in 35 years, 60 percent of VTCS champions have hailed from the “Aloha State”. However, each year the competition gets fiercer and there are plenty of shake-ups to elevate the drama of qualification for both the Qualifying Series and CT.
Alongside the competition, the VTCS has championed community-conscious activations, Hawaii’s most sustainable event program and 35 years of heritage that has shaped a thriving cultural breeding ground. Interlacing creative self-expression through action sports, art and music, Vans – one of the industry’s original surf/skate lifestyle brands – has remained steadfast in promoting authenticity.
“Witnessing the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing evolve into the community it is today has been a great pleasure for me, my family and for Vans,” said Steve Van Doren, Vans Vice President of Events and Promotions. “Generations of surfers, fans, artists and visitors worldwide have cherished the North Shore, forever inspired by a heritage of surfing that inspires true creativity beyond the shoreline. I couldn’t be happier to once again join such a passionate community of people to celebrate this special moment in history!”