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Triple Crown Kicks Off

The Tour heads to Hawaii for the 30th anniversary of the Triple Crown

| posted on November 12, 2012

The 2011 Triple Crown winner, and perpetual Pipe standout, John Florence, taking a stroll through his backyard. Photo: Joli

The waiting period for the 30th anniversary of the Triple Crown kicks off this week with the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa. As the final bend of the season, the Hawaiian leg of the World Tour and Qualifying Series has historically been filled with fireworks and drama as competitors vie to qualify for the elite level. Leading into the holding period for Haleiwa, conditions are expected to be on the smaller side throughout the week, but it’s been announced that the first heats are likely to run on Thursday.

For those surfers attempting to break onto the World Tour from the Qualifying Series, the Haliewa and Sunset leg of the Triple Crown are the last chance for QS surfers to make their push. The World Tour qualification system is composed of the top 22 surfers from the World Tour, followed by the top 10 surfers from the World Ranking. For a detailed breakdown from the ASP on who’s poised to requalify and who’s not, click here.

This year, with the shakeup at O’Neill Coldwater Classic, a world champ will also be crowned at the final event of the World Tour season, the Billabong Pipeline Masters. As it currently stands, Joel Parkinson is leading the World Tour race, followed by Slater, and lastly Mick Fanning. For Parkinson to secure his first World Championship at Pipe, he’ll need to execute the following:

If Parko finishes 5th or lower at Pipe:
- Slater needs a 5th or better to win the title.
- Fanning needs to win Pipe to win the title. (if Slater finishes worse than 5th)

If Parko finishes 3rd at Pipe:
- Slater needs a 3rd or better to win the title.
- Fanning needs to win Pipe to win the title. (if Slater finishes worse than 5th)

If Parko finishes 2nd at Pipe:
- Slater needs to win at Pipe to win the title.
- Fanning can’t win the title.

If Parko wins at Pipe:
- He wins the 2012 World Title.

  • Roger

    Is this hard to understand?

  • http://surfer nate kalili

    ..not really, it’s just a crystal ball