Sources have confirmed to SURFER that ZoSea will bring the Triple Crown under the ASP umbrella. Vans will still remain the presenting sponsor, but the production and running of the events will now be the responsibility of the ASP. Since ZoSea took control of the ASP in 2012, they’ve made numerous changes and acquisitions in their efforts to revamp the Tour. The decision to license the Triple Crown events will mark the first time the ASP has taken hold of a non-World Tour event. The Haleiwa and Sunset leg of the Triple Crown are both currently rated as Prime events.
Additionally, a new trials event will be created for the Pipe Masters. While many of the details surrounding this new comp remain unknown, it’s rumored that competitors will be seeded into the contest from the Volcom Pipe Pro, and that it will feature 32 surfers and a largely increased prize purse, estimated to be around the $100,000 mark. This new event will take place on the opening day of the Pipe Masters and will seed the top two finishers into the Pipe Masters. It’s likely that we’ll see many of the local Pipe specialists who qualified from the Pipe Pro in the new trials event, which will be streamed live on the ASP webcast during the Pipeline leg of the Triple Crown.