Nov 17, 2012

Reef Hawaiian Pro Surf Competition

Cory Lopez Reef Hawaiian Pro Surf Competition
Cory Lopez at Reef Hawaiian Pro Surf Competition

HONOLULU – (Thursday, November 15, 2012) — The 30th Anniversary Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, hydrated by vitaminwater, officially got underway on the North Shore of Oahu today. Organizers of the REEF Hawaiian Pro were forced to wait on Mother Nature before a solid swell increase at midday sent competition into immediate fever pitch.

With $250,000 on offer in this event alone, and eight rounds of competition from start to finish, much is on the line for the 128 surfers from 15 nations who make up the REEF Hawaiian Pro. forecasts that wave heights will peak tomorrow morning before slowly declining through the weekend. It will be all systems go again tomorrow, and Saturday.

Nathan Hedge, 33 (Australia), Cory Lopez, 35 (Florida), Hank Gaskell, 25 (Maui, HI), and Mason Ho, 24 (Hawaii) headed the field today. Lopez is back after four months out due to an ankle injury that didn’t hamper him in the least today. Cory took to the air in a display that shot him to an early lead in the Hawaiian Air Show that offers 250,000 Hawaiian Airlines miles for the top aerialist of the series.

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