Winter’s approaching. That’s significant in Hawaii, when the season brings the big waves and attracts the big surfers from all over the world. They arrive in early November in anticipation of competing for one of the most coveted awards in international surfing – the Vans Triple Crown. The event started its six-week run on November 12th and run through December 20. This year’s prize purse will be the largest in the Series’ history: $815,000.

More than 260 of the world’s best competitive surfers — men and women — will seek six titles as well as the series crown. The events all will take place at three venues on Oahu’s North Shore: Haleiwa, Sunset Beach and the Banzai Pipeline. Each event will have a 12-day window in which it must be completed.

You may have considered surfing to be a very personal activity, surfer against nature, but the Vans Triple Crown is an enormously popular spectator sport and crowds will gather to see the best in the world compete on huge, awesome waves in a gorgeous setting. You might consider being there yourself. It is best to arrive early, long before the competition begins in the morning. As surf fans flock to Oahu’s North Shore, it’s impossible to find parking. Find a hotel near Oahu’s North Shore to watch the surfers compete!

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