Triple Crown of Surfing: money buys dreams

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) has acquired the Triple Crown of Surfing license.

After buying the Big Wave World Tour and the Billabong XXl, the brand controlled by ZoSea gets its hands in the most prestigious title outside of the ASP world title.

"Hawaii's place in the history of surfing cannot be overstated," Paul Speaker, ASP CEO, said. "They have a proud heritage of producing world-class surfers and boast some of the best waves on the planet.

"The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is one of the premiere series in all of sport and we're thrilled to be supporting it more comprehensively this season and we're very excited about reinstating the world's best female surfers to Hawaii as well as providing a platform for local talent to shine," says Paul Speaker, CEO at ASP.

A new feature of this year's Billabong Pipe Masters will be the Pipe Trials - an event-within-event that will shine a spotlight on 32 Pipeline specialists and local Hawaiian professionals vying for two Pipe Masters wildcards and an additional $100,000 prize purse.

After a three-year hiatus, women's competition will return to Hawaii with the ASP WCT season-ending Maui Women's Pro as well as a women's Pipe Masters showcase featuring top international and local talent.

There will be an additional 27 spots for local surfers in the Reef Hawaiian Pro and the Vans World Cup of Surfing.