Triple Crown of Surfing

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink makes history today, announcing the Triple Crown - Triple Threat bonus purse that makes this prestigious Hawaiian series the first $1,000,000 stop on the Association of Surfing Professionals Dream Tour. More than 150 surfers from 17 nations have a crack at the loot as the series kicks off this Thursday, November 12, at Haleiwa on Oahu's North Shore.

Vans is very proud to announce that the Triple Crown - Triple Threat will award $50,000 to the men's Triple Crown series champion, an extra $50,000 for the Billabong Pipeline Masters winner, a $50,000 bonus to the ASP's men's world champion, and a $25,000 bonus to the women's Triple Crown champion. The $175,000 Triple Threat is in addition to the existing $825,000 in event prize money, making for a $1million total purse.

The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will culminate with the final battle for the 2009 ASP world title at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, December 8-20. Not since 2006 and the world title battle between Kelly Slater (Florida) and Andy Irons (Hawaii), has there been such a climax to the showdown. This year it will be between Australians Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning, and on that final day, it is possible that one surfer could walk away with a record $230,000.

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IX Panamerican Surfing Games

With a total of six athletes still classified in the main rounds out of the nine that participated today, the Costa Rica National Surf Team started strong in the IX PanAmerican Surfing Games which are taking place at Playa Olivenca de Ilhéus – Bahía, Brasil. Today, with the categories of Open and Junior, Costa Rica managed to pass three athletes in each division in the second round of the main event. Meanwhile,Isaac Vega (Open), Nataly Bernold (Women’s) and Anthony Segura (Junior) all go to repercharge.

The established calendar for the IX PanAmerican Surfing Games planned yesterday as the first day of competition. However, the Director of the event, Marcos Bukão, decided to delay until today, due to the unexpected tardy arrival of some of the National Selections in Brazil.

With the completion of today’s action, Jason Torres, Carlos Muñoz and Jair Pérez passed their first heats and move into the second round of the Open. Pérez demonstrated his quality surfing level by accomplishing the highest combination of the day in his division with 13.00 points.

Carlos Muñoz, Anthony Fillingim and Jordan Hernandez, also surfed well enough to classify to round two in the Juniors, and will see action again tomorrow. As is the case of Muñoz—the current Costa Rica National Surf Champion, Costa Rica National Junior Champion, AND Costa Rica National Boys Champion—he is manning up two divisions and is off to a great start in both of them.

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Eric Geiselman

A great white shark has attacked Eric Geiselman (New Smyrna Beach) while he was surfing off Laguna Road, Santa Cruz.

The 21-year-old pro surfer's board was broken in half.

When he felt he was under attack, Geiselman paddled fast to shore, as he was 50 yards from the beach.

Later, the O'Neill Cold Water Classic California, held very close to the shark attack, got an alert call from the Floridian, who was also competing in the event.

Eric Geiselman, his brother and some friends were not injured.

There are 22 species of sharks documented in the area.

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