The first round hasn’t even been completed, but there are a lot of interesting heats lined up and ready to go when the Pipe Masters resumes — whenever that may be.
Friday featured the Men’s Pipe Invitational, an event that completed the main draw for the year’s final Championship Tour contest. Two top finishers in the 32-surfer field made their way into the Pipe Masters bracket, now with a chance at the year’s most prestigious contest win.
Only two surfers reached the quarterfinals in the final three contests of the women’s Championship Tour season — Carissa Moore and Malia Manuel
You may not be too familiar with Griffin Colapinto. If that’s the case, don’t beat yourself up. You can’t be expected to keeptabs on every 19-year-old trying to make a name for themselves in the surf world. But after making his second straightfinal heat, Colapinto sits atop the Triple Crown of Surfing leaderboard, though finishing up with that title is still a tall order.
With the weather not ideal and the waves not fully cooperating, organizers for both the Maui Women’s Pro and Vans WorldCup of Surfing are eyeing better days ahead. Whether or not that means a start today remains to be seen, but both the finalwomen’s Championship Tour contest and the final men’s Qualifying Series contest are still yet to get underway. But the Hawaii men’s basketball season has begun, and the ‘Bows are off to a solid start with a familiar face back in the mix.
A world title and a Triple Crown are at stake, each likely to see action starting on Monday as Hawaii sits at the epicenter ofboth the men’s and women’s surf storms.
With one leg complete, we have our early front runner for the 2017 Triple Crown of Surfing title.
Much of the optimism and excitement to start the season has dissipated by now, if not fully evaporated. There doesn’t seem to be much gas left in the tank for a Hawaii football team that is coasting on fumes to the finish line. Saturday’s 38-0 loss at Utah State has been the low point for the Rainbow Warriors (3-8, 1-7 Mountain West), who lost the possibility for bowl eligibility last week and were just looking for some positives to finish off the year. They certainly didn’t find any of those in Logan, Utah, and they now have just one more game to temporarily right the ship, next week’s home finale against BYU.
Something about Haleiwa just hasn’t gone well for Hawaii surfers over the past few years. The opening event for the TripleCrown is typically a chance for all the local talent to show the best in the world that there is more than just the contest circuit.
It’s officially that time of year again, when the masses descend upon Oahu’s North Shore to settle for the winter. It’s not somuch a hibernation process, but more of a hunkering down in the trenches, watching the water, scoping the swells andalways remaining on high alert.