Triple Crown of Surfing 

The 26th annual Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is poised to kick-off first thing tomorrow morning at Haleiwa’s Ali’i Beach Park, with an incoming WNW swell building for the start of the Reef Hawaiian Pro. The $170,000 Reef Hawaiian Pro is a men’s and women’s 6-star rated ASP World Qualifying Series event and will feature over 200 of the world’s top-ranked surfers.

Official Series surf forecaster Wetsand.com predict early forerunners of the swell to materialize Wednesdsay morning, building to a Thursday peak. Waves are anticipated to reach the high surf advisory level of 15 feet (wave face heights in excess of 20 feet). Winds may be the only obstacle for Thursday/Friday, with trade winds giving way to variables.

Hot on the heels of this initial swell, early data shows the potential for the first category XL swell of the North Shore season: waves in the 18-20 foot range (wave face heights in excess of 30 feet). This swell, though still in the crystal ball stage, is slated for Sunday arrival, persisting into Monday. Again, winds could pose potential challenges.

The Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa has been a feature of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing in recent years, boasting some of the largest waves contested during the Series.

Above 10 feet, it transforms into one of the most challenging waves on the North Shore with its neck-breaking rip-current, inside dredging “toilet bowl” section, and pitching take-off. It’s the kind of wave that suits power-house surfers like Hawaii trio Pancho Sullivan, Sunny Garcia and defending event champion Roy Powers, as well as defending Vans Triple Crown champion Bede Durbidge (Australia).

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Matthew McConaughey

Two surfers have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor battery charges for allegedly throwing a photographer into the water as he tried to shoot pictures of Matthew McConaughey on the waves.

The surfers — Skylar Peak and Philip Hildebrand — are accused of confronting several paparazzi who showed up June 21 on a Malibu beach to take pictures and film the "Fool's Gold" and "Failure to Launch" star.

One of the photographers, Richid Altmbareckouhammou, told authorities he was attacked and his camera was thrown in the ocean by the surfers after they demanded he put his camera away.

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Girls go surfing 

The largest annual girl’s participation day is just over a week away and our surfschools are waiting to hear from you.

The Rip Curl Girls Go Surfing Day is the longest running and largest girl’s surfing day in Australia and the 2008 event is just around the corner and over 60 of Surfing Australia’s Affiliated Surfschools are offering girls of all ages the opportunity to “come surfing”.

Rip Curl will offer a showbag of goodies for every girl that books for this annual “surfing for fun” event and all participants also go into a draw to win “the Ultimate Surf Session” with ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore. 

Your $40 buys you a surf lesson with one of the participating Surfing Australia Surfschools who will supply boards, wetsuits or rashies; all you need to bring is your swimmers, towel, water and some sunscreen. All lessons are delivered by Surfing Australia Accredited Coaches guaranteeing a safe environment for all participants. 

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