It seems that COVID-19 created the perfect storm for the World Surf League, WLS to follow the law and provide *equal opportunities for both men and women on its World Championship Tour events held in Hawaii. The women’s side of the tour has held an event on Maui that as traditional ended the tour, now that event, dubbed the Maui Pro presented by Roxy will be the first event on the tour. On the men’s side of the tour the Billabong Pipe Masters, held on the North Shore of Oahu has always ended their side of the tour, now this event will also be the first event of 2021. The bigger news is the WSL has upgraded its Sunset Open event to a World Championship event and added a women’s division. If that was not enough, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has gone digital for the first time with eligible competitors submitting videos of their two best waves each from Sunset, Haleiwa, and Pipeline for judging consideration. It has also been confirmed that there will be both a men’s and women’s division in this digital Triple Crown of Surfing. This will be the […]
Equality in Professional Surfing – Will Women Get Back Their Triple Crown of Surfing on The North Shore?
According to Wikipedia. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is second only to the World Surf League’s World Title in terms of prestige and difficulty. It is the ultimate test of a surfer’s ability to master the large and consequential waves in surfing’s most legendary arena, among the most talented field of competitors in the sport.
The Triple Crown of Surfing was starting in 1983 and has been held annually since then. The series consists of 3 professional surfing events for men and intermittently women on the North Shore of Oahu in November and December. Having run annually since 1983, it first included a women’s division 14-years later in 1997; however, 3-years later, it was suspended off and on until 2010. A list of the Women’s Triple Crown Winners is listed below.
Women’s Triple Crown of Surfing Champions 1997 – Layne Beachley 1998 – Layne Beachley 1999 – Layne Beachley 2000 – No Women’s Division 2001 – No Women’s Division 2002 – No Women’s Division 2003 – Keala Kennelly 2004 – No Women’s Division 2005 – Chelsea Hedges 2006 – No Women’s Division 2007 – Megan Abubo […]