World Cup of Surfing is a
prestigious event in surfing held
annually at Sunset Beach in Hawaii.
The event attracts over a hundred
elite surfers from around the world.
It is the second event of the Triple
Crown of Surfing. The first
competition was held in 1975. Of the
22 surfers who have won the event, 7
went on to become world champions.
Top performers of the event share a
prize money of $135,000 along with
points which go to the Triple Crown
competition. Brazil's Raoni Monteiro,
28, became the first South American
male in 20 years to win the O'Neill
World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is a
Hawaiian specialty series of
professional surfing events,
offering three events to men and
three events to women. For the men,
those events are the Reef Hawaiian
Pro at Haleiwa Ali'i Beach Park; the
O'Neill World Cup of Surfing at
Sunset Beach; and the Billabong
Pipeline Masters at the Banzai
Pipeline. The women's events are the
Vans Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Ali'i
Beach Park; the Roxy Pro at Sunset
Beach; and the Billabong Pro Maui at
Honolua Bay, Maui.
events, with the exception of the
women's Billabong Pro Maui, are
staged on the North Shore of Oahu -
a coastline world famous in surfing
terms for its clockwork winter
swells that reach 50 feet in height.
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is
second only to surfing's world title
as it is considered to be the
ultimate test of a surfer's ability
to master the big waves at three
unique venues - each with its own
set of challenges for the surfer.
Beach is on the North Shore of Oahu
in Hawai'i and known for big wave
surfing during the winter season.
The original Hawaiian name for this
place is Paumalū. It is home to the
Duke Kahanamoku Classic surfing
competition, the O'Neill World Cup
of Surfing competition, and is
occasionally the site of the
Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational.
Like many beaches on Oahu's North
Shore, Sunset Beach is considered
dangerous for inexperienced surfers,
due to extensive coral formations
near the surface that present the
risk of serious injury.