Triple crown of surfing turns 30

Jeanne Cooper
Nov 10
Triple crown of surfing turns 30 -  North Shore Hawaii big surf -  Vans Triple Crown of Surfing - Jim Caldwell Redondo Beach

The recently released “Chasing Mavericks” movie may bring new attention to the monster wave off the San Mateo County coast — especially if it deigns to appear during the nearly five-month-long Mavericks Invitational season, which opened yesterday. But the chances are somewhat surer that the 30th anniversary of Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will take off Monday, allowing champion surfers to strut their stuff on O‘ahu’s spectator-friendly North Shore.

The Reef Hawaiian Pro at Hale‘iwa Ali‘i Beach Park opens the series, with competition set for the four best days of waves between Nov. 12 and 24.’s North Shore forecast, which event organizers will use, says the current swell peaked today, although it will still be good for “shoulder high to overhead” surf tomorrow.

“There’s a good chance that we will take advantage of a small swell on offer right off the bat on Monday so that we can get the first round under our belt, as better conditions are expected later next week and towards the end of the Reef Hawaiian Pro period,” said Vans Triple Crown Executive Director Randy Rarick in a press statement. “Hale‘iwa is a high performance wave regardless of its size and it’s the perfect stage for launching our 2012 Hawaiian Air Show that will showcase all of the technical and progressive aerial maneuvers of leading athletes like John Florence, Dane Reynolds, Gabriel Medina, Josh Kerr and last year’s Air Show winner Nat Young,” said Rarick.

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Jim Caldwell
Redondo Beach

About jw60sea

Jim Caldwell has over 26 years of experience in the public safety sector in occupations ranging from professional ski patrol, and ocean lifeguard to firefighter. Jim has worked for the Redondo Beach Fire Department for the last 22 years holding successively higher positions of responsibility. For the last six years, Jim has held the rank of Engineer with responsibility for driving and operating the Department’s Engines and Tillered Aerial Ladder Truck. Throughout his career, he has shown a dedication not only to public safety but also community service.
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