Oahu is full of exciting events and things to do all year long, and 2013 is no different. One upcoming Oahu Attraction that many people are looking forward to and will be heading to the island to attend is the Reef Hawaiian Pro, the first event in the 2013 Triple Crown of Surfing.
In addition to the Reef Hawaiian Pro, which runs from November 12 to 23 at Haleiwa Ali’i Beach, the 2013 Triple Crown of Surfing also includes an event at Sunset Beach (in Australia) from November 24 to December 6 and the Billabong Pipe Masters event from December 8 to December 20. After the Pipe Masters, the final event of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour, the World Surfing Champion will be crowned. At this point, it looks like it will either be Mick Fanning or Kelly Slater, but, given the volatile nature of the sport, anything could happen during this year’s Triple Crown of Surfing.
The Triple Crown’s only Oahu event, the Reef Hawaiian Pro will take place at the “gateway to the Seven-Mile Miracle” on the island’s famed North Shore. The Reef Hawaiian Pro offers challenges to surfers because Haleiwa’s tricky reef is “capable of delivering hollow rights, rippable sections and powerful closeouts,” according to those with knowledge about the event.
The peaks of the waves at Haleiwa can reach two to four feet and the barrels can reach four to six feet, making the beach an ideal spot to see high-performance surfing at its best. At the end of runs at Haleiwa, waves close out into an extremely shallow section known as the Toilet Bowl that is no stranger to dangerous end-of-wave maneuvers and even broken boards from time to time.
Hawaii’s own Sebastian Zietz is the defending champion of the Reef Hawaiian Pro after winning the event in 2012. What should spectators at this Oahu Attraction expect to see from the 2013 champion?
“The winner at Haleiwa is the surfer who can handle themselves in a variety of conditions and have the stamina to continually fight the rip, heat after heat.” No one knows who will win the event this year, but whoever does should probably take their $250,000 prize purse, put it in the bank, and then go relax on Waikiki Beach.