The world's top pro surfers and local North Shore businesses are ready for the onset of winter with word that the first solid swell of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will arrive tomorrow. Now six days into the waiting period of the Hawaiian Pro - event No. 1 of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing - athletes, organizers, fans and the local community are ready for the waves. Surfline.com predicts surf in the 6-10ft+ range (head high + to double overhead) on Wednesday and Thursday, which will offer exciting aerial opportunities to showcase athletes' progressive surfing capabilities.
"I'm looking forward to whatever conditions come my way," says defending world champ Gabriel Medina (BRA). "I really enjoy doing big carves when the waves are bigger at Haleiwa, but given the forecast is only looking to be in that medium range, I'm also excited to see what kind of ramps are on offer to try and land some big airs."
Marty Thomas, Surfing Director for the series, says that with six consecutive lay days providing only flat to 2-foot surf at Haleiwa, everyone is banking on the upcoming NW swell.
"The forecast is for the swell to come in tonight, peaking tomorrow, holding into Thursday and then fade rather quickly through Friday," said Thomas. As the only swell within the event's holding period, organizers will take full advantage with a Final slated for Friday.
The North Shore of Oahu is blessed with world-class waves each winter that serve as the major economic stimulus for this local country shoreline that spans the "Seven Mile Miracle". The Vans Triple Crown leads a progressive example for professional sports in Hawaii, and represents an opportunity for scores of community organizations, schools, non-profits and local businesses to benefit and flourish.
The World Surf League has a positive bearing on all the regions it visits, and the economic impact of the Vans Triple Crown to the state of Hawaii is approximately $24 million. In 2014, 16 different organizations were financial beneficiaries of the series coming into town, including The Surfrider Foundation, North Shore Community Land Trust, Department of Parks & Recreation, Mauli Ola Foundation, North Shore Chamber of Commerce and more.
For the past 33 years, Vans Triple Crown has excited the economy on both a local and statewide level. Today, the surfing series aligns more strongly with the intrinsic image of Hawaii than the highly touted NFL, Pro Bowl or PGA Golf Tournaments and has become the state's most sustainable and most globally viewed event.
Organizers expect an immediate start at 8AM tomorrow morning.