Watch: Reef Hawaiian Pro Day 2 wrap-up
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
Reef Hawaiian Pro
ASP Prime Event
Alii Beach Haleiwa, Oahu
12 - 24 November 2012
Reef Hawaiian Pro Day 2 wrap-up
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 November, 2012 : - - HONOLULU - Pumping Haleiwa delivered the goods at the Reef Hawaiian Pro today with incredible tube rides, aerials and pure power surfing. For the world's top professionals this is what the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is known for: quality surfing in quality waves. Between the high-scoring heat of Australian Tom Whitaker, the mind-altering maneuvers of Ventura's Dane Reynolds, the tube-riding finesse of Torrey Meister, and the iconic Clash of the Legends, everyone went home fired up.
With so much focus and anticipation reserved each winter for Pipeline, Haleiwa can sometimes be overlooked in terms of its value and the quality of performances it produces. Haleiwa shone in its own right today and the surfer's noticed. "It's really solid overhead, really powerful," said Whitaker. "Haleiwa's just so much water moving"
Dane Reynolds draws a crowd. His heat took place after school got out and every North Shore grom got what they came for: pure surf stoke in the form of one outrageous close-out hack turned inverted layback that resulted in a dramatic win. "It was just kind of frustration 'cause my first couple waves were closeouts, then I got one and my board felt way too long and I just couldn't get any release out of the tail. I always like coming down here and getting washed around in the rip and getting some big waves. "It's more of a challenge and the waves always humble you, and that's fun. That's why I like it."
Return resident Torrey Meister took the honors of the first perfect 10 of the Reef Hawaiian Pro today: a well-woven double tube ride that got the beach to its feet. Incredibly, it wasn't enough to turn his heat around and he ended up still being eliminated in third place needing little more than a 5-point ride.
Coming up on Saturday morning: Kelly Slater (USA) surfs against Sunny Garcia (HAW); Julian Wilson (AUS); Jeremy Flores (FRA); John Florence (USA); and Gabriel Medina (BRZ).
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In celebration of 30 years of world class surfing, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater offers $1million in prize money this year, including a $100,000 bonus, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and a $10,000 custom Nixon watch for the overall series champion. Each of the three events of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has a two-week holding period within which to run, requiring just 3-4 days of excellent surf to be completed.
The events are broadcast live on Oceanic Time Warner Cable around Hawaii on channels 250 & 1250HD; in Los Angeles on channel 101*; in San Diego on channel 411*; and in Desert Cities on channel 111*. *partial live coverage, subject to pre-emption for local CIF prep sports playoffs. To stay on Oahu's North Shore and witness the action in person, special rates are available at Turtle Bay Resort.
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Author: The Editors
Tags: Reef Hawaiian Pro, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing