Event Finds: North Shore & Central Oahu
Triple Crown of Surfing
Staged on O‘ahu's North Shore the Triple Crown of Surfing is the Super Bowl of professional surfing. Held every winter season when wave heights rise on Hawai‘i's north-facing shores, the Triple Crown splashes out over three men's and three women's events.
With the exception of the Billabong Pro Maui, all six events of the Triple Crown are held on O‘ahu's infamous North Shore when winter swells bring wave heights with up to 50 feet faces. Each event crowns a winner with an additional overall men's and women's winner who accumulates the highest cumulative score from the three events.
Because the waves call the day, check local surfing sites (like surfnewsnetwork.com) to see if the contest will go so you can plan ahead. We recommend rising before dawn to fight the traffic and snag a parking spot along the road. For those who are new to Hawai‘i's surfing spectator scene, make sure to bring a light jacket, towels to sit on, binoculars, lots of water, and sun protection. Even on cloudy days the sun's ultraviolet rays can burn sensitive skin.
For those traveling with keiki (children) make sure to keep a close eye on them, especially at the water's edge. We strongly recommend against letting little ones near the shoreline where a rogue wave can quickly sweep children (and even adults) out to sea. Situating yourself farther up from the shore will keep you and your belongings safe and dry when waves wash in.