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Last Update: Monday 17Dec01

It's NOW or never... Contest Rolls FINAL TODAY!
XBox Pipeline Masters Holding Period Dec 8 - 17
The Third Jewel in Vans Triple Crown of SURFING
ASP LIVE Scoring & Results:
from The Banzai Pipeline at Ehukai Beach Park

altho holding period nearly gone Pipeline Worth the Wait (16Dec01)
17 Hawai'i surfers advance Advertiser newsstory (17Dec01)

a recap of What's Been Happnin' over the past few weeks...
if you have items of interest, let us know!

Local Boy WildCard takes it (7Dec01)
Myles Padaca WINS Rip Curl Cup
ASP Official Results:
Round3 (32) -|- Qtr Final -|- Semi Final -|- Final
more from The Advertiser -|- Star Bulletin

from SurferMag, it was a MAJOR League Showdown at Sunset
for TripleCrown's 2nd Jewel... where we saw on Dec 1st
that Count em, N I N E contenders for WCT Champ advanced!:
and...It was certainly CRUNCH Time from Surfline/Surfing.themag
altho Sean 'Speedy' Lopes reports it was Party Time too!

ASP World Tour Schedule for 2002 now posted
and in the "everything all happnin at same time" dept:
The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau opens holding period

CJ Hobgood claims ASP World Title (6Dec01)
Rip Curl Cup continues today thru to FINALS - Waves 10-15feet and rippin'..
with more news from the
Star Bulletin -|- The Advertiser (7Dec01)

Layne Beachley ASP Womens World Champ for 4th Consecutive Time!
even after being eliminated in qtrfinal and placing 4th in contest
Neridah Falconer WINS Billabong Girls
News at The Advertiser so far... (4Dec01)
ASP Official Results:
Round1 (32) -|- Qtr Final -|- Semi Final -|- Final

Bonga Perkins WINS Bear Longboard
News from: The Advertiser (22Nov01)
ASP Official Results:
Round1 (32) -|- Qtr Final -|- Semi Final -|- Final

Waves near-perfect at Hale`iwa & so was Andy!
Kaua'i's Andy Irons WINS G-Shock Hawaiian Pro
First Jewel in Triple Crown
News from: The Advertiser -|- Star Bulletin (21Nov01)
ASP Official Results:
Round3 (32) -|- Qtr Final -|- Semi Final -|- Final

Unruly surf delays finals of G-Shock Hawaiian Pro
Shocking conditions!
Waves 8 to 12 feet (with faces to 20), onshore winds, raging currents
B I G Wave Season is HERE! (20Nov01)

Brazilian rules Hale`iwa Beach (Sat 17Nov01)
Jaqueline Silva's quick, powerful surfing style WINS Roxy Pro
18Nov story at the Advertiser by Dayton Morinaga
ASP Official Results:
Round1 (32) -|- Qtr Final -|- Semi Final -|- Final

G-Shock Hawaiian Pro kicks off Triple Crown of Surfing
Advertiser article (16Nov01)

Surfers avoid tag of favorite
Nick Abramo at The Star Bulletin (14Nov01) reports on
opening press conference at The Willows restaurant

From The Honolulu Advertiser 14Nov01:
World title within reach for Hawaii's Abubo, Ballard

Elite field chosen for Pipeline Masters
by Dayton Morinaga at The Advertiser (27Oct01)

Xbox and Vans hook up for The Pipeline Masters

This site will be linking to ALL available TCS news
so if you have items of interest, let us know!


World’s Pre-eminent Tube Riding Competition at
Hawaii’s Infamous Banzai Pipeline Celebrates its 31st Anniversary,
Return to Network Television

BANZAI PIPELINE, O'AHU, Hawai`i (September 18, 2001) -- A dramatic format change and record prize purse will lure the very best of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Top 44 to challenge Pipeline’s elite for the title of world’s best tube rider at the $150,000 Xbox Gerry Lopez Pipeline Masters, December 8 to 21. The final jewel in the 2001 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing‘, the Xbox Pipeline Masters is held at Hawaii’s famed North Shore big wave venue, Banzai Pipeline, and determines the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Champion. The prestigious event celebrates its 31st anniversary this winter and a return to network television, airing on NBC Sports in early 2002.

It is the wave of every surfer's dreams - even those who can only hope to master it in their dreams. It is the most recognizable surf spot on the planet because of both the aquamarine wall of water spinning into liquid barrels that crash onto razor-sharp coral, and the name: Banzai Pipeline.

Just 100 feet offshore, swells that have traveled more than 2,000 miles to end in spectacular fashion on a shallow reef will rise up to five stories high before tumbling into hollow tubes that will send surfers hurtling toward shore at breath-stopping speeds.

According to Randy Rarick, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing executive director, riding these tubes has long been considered the most specialized and ‘amazing’ skill in the sport of surfing. And while the ASP World Tour format had precluded some of the Pipeline specialists in prior years, the Xbox Pipeline Masters new "Champions of Champions" format frees the world’s most famous surfing venue to crown the world’s best tube rider.

"With the ASP designating this a "Champions of Champions" specialty event, the Xbox Pipeline Masters returns to the original essence of the event," said Rarick. "The very best of the ASP competitors will be matched up against Pipeline specialists and we’ll see probably the most intense tube riding action of the past decade!"

A selection committee, comprised of contest officials, previous champions, "select" Pipeline invitees and surf photographers, will issue invitations by October 1. The innovative 48-man field will showcase the eight World Championship Tour (WCT) winners, eight select WCT Top 44 including Shane Dorian, Kalani Robb, Sunny Garcia and Andy Irons and eight previous Pipeline champions such as Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Derek Ho and Tom Carroll.

The remainder of the field will be made up of Pipeline aficionados and hot local talent such as Tamayo Perry, Liam McNamara, Bruce Irons and Braden Dias, along with top competitors from Australia, Brazil, Japan, Tahiti and other countries. The competition format will follow standard WCT rules, with man-on-man heats following round one.

Californian Phil Edwards first paddled into Pipeline's power and majesty in the early ‘60s, followed by the first surfer recognized as "Mr. Pipeline", Butch Van Artsdalen, who proved man and surfboard could disappear into the hollow space between wave and cascading crest and exit alive. And ever since contest namesake, Hawaiian Gerry Lopez, a two-time event champion, added his unique style to riding Pipeline in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, this strip of sand on the North Shore of O'ahu has been the ultimate test for the world's best surfers.

Even today, with adventurers exploring every break on every remote island on the globe, Pipeline is a surfers' Mecca, the proving grounds where the sports' greatest have soared to unseen new heights and also had their dreams pummeled in an explosion of whitewater on coral reef.

The 2001 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing features the final World Qualifying Series (WQS), World Championship Tour (WCT) and Specialty events on the pro surfing calendar, from November 12 to December 21. The overall Vans Triple Crown champion is decided on points accumulated during competition in the $100,000 G-Shock Hawaiian Pro at Alii Beach Haleiwa, November 12-25, the $250,000 Rip Cup at Sunset Beach, November 26 - December 7, and the Xbox Pipeline Masters.

The Vans Triple Crown Series events will be the year's final battleground for a number of pro surfers who are fighting to stay on the WCT for 2002, or competitors hoping to ascend to the Top 44 for the first time. Viewers from around the world will also be able to catch the series on NBC Sports and Fox Sports Net.

The Vans Triple Crown Series features the world’s top athletes competing in three championship events in each of the following sports: Skateboarding, Wakeboarding, Surfing, Snowboarding, BMX and Freestyle Motocross. The Series is made possible through proud sponsors Xbox, Mountain Dew, Ford Ranger, Right Guard Xtreme Sport, G-Shock, Rolling Stone, Fox Sports Net, Transworld Publications and NBC Sports.

Vans (Nasdaq: VANS) is a leading worldwide brand for Core Sports™ specializing in performance and lifestyle footwear, apparel, snowboard boots and bindings. Its contributions to Core Sports include the Vans Triple Crown™ Series, the operation of eight large-scale Vans Skateparks, the High Cascade Snowboard Camp™ and continued sponsorship of the Vans Warped Tour“ and the Vans World Amateur Skateboarding Championships™. Vans collections are sold in the United States through 146 company owned stores and factory outlets as well as a network of independent retailers. Vans also distributes to more than 50 countries internationally through distributors, sales agents and its subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

For contest or media information please contact: Randy Rarick

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