EVENT STATUS: UPCOMING OVER ON HOLD STANDBY OFF ON WAVES: 4 - 6+ ft LOCAL TIME: Nixon

About the Reef Hawaiian Pro 2012

27 September 2012 - Vans Triple Crown of Surfing hydrated by vitaminwater

Reef Hawaiian Pro Champions

2011- Taj Burrow, Australia
2010- Joel Parkinson, Australia
2009- Joel Centeio, Hawaii
2008- Michel Bourez, Tahiti
2007- Roy Powers, Hawaii

2006- Andy Irons, Hawaii
2005- Pancho Sullivan, Hawaii
2004- Sunny Garcia, Hawaii

2003- Troy Brooks, Australia

2002- Sunny Garcia, Hawaii
2001- Andy Irons, Hawaii
2000 - Sunny Garcia, Hawaii
1999 - Conan Hayes, Hawaii
1998 - Kaipo Jaquias, Hawaii
1997 - Tony Ray, Australia
1996 - Kaipo Jaquias, Hawaii
1995 - Richard Lovett, Australia
1994 - Chris Brown, USA
1993 - Sunny Garcia, Hawaii
1992 - Sunny Garcia, Hawaii
1991 - Tom Curren, USA
1990 - Nicky Wood, Australia
1989 - Cheyne Horan, Australia
1988 - Barton Lynch, Australia
1987 - Gary Elkerton, Australia
1986 - Mark Richards, Australia
1985 - Mark Richards, Australia 

Haleiwa (Alii Beach Park) Best known as the gateway to the Seven-Mile Miracle, Oahu’s famed North Shore, Haleiwa town hosts the first stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Reef Hawaiian Pro. The event runs at Alii Beach Park on the west side of the Haleiwa Boat Harbor, where Haleiwa’s tricky reef is capable of delivering hollow rights, rippable sections and powerful closeouts.

Haleiwa is a true test of a professional surfer’s ability to handle a multitude of conditions, all at the same break. From two to four feet, Haleiwa is a rippable peak, with most surfers favoring the longer rights. Its racey walls allow for high-performance surfing at its best. At four to six feet, the right can get hollow and heavy and competitors will sit deep and look for the longest barrels. Over six feet, Haleiwa can handle, but the waves transform into powerful, punishing walls of water that race down the reef before closing out over the extremely shallow Toilet Bowl section. The shallow slab of reef is responsible for critical and dangerous end-of-wave maneuvers, as well the occasional broken board.

Best on a west swell, knowledge of the lineup is key at Haleiwa. As the surf increases in size, a strong rip develops across the lineup and can pull surfers out of position and right into the impact zone of an oncoming set. Most often, the winner at Haleiwa is the surfer who can handle themselves in a variety of conditions and have the stamina to continually fight the rip, heat after heat.

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