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STELLAR FIRST DAY FOR REEF HAWAIIAN PRO

serena brooke

alana blanchard

kyla langen portrait

late drop by bethany  hamilton

Upper Left: Serena Brooke was the definite standout of Round 1. Top Right: Californian Kyla Langen, all smiles before her Round 1 win. Lower Left: Hawaiian Alana Blanchard won the local trials as well winning her Round 1 heat. Above Right: Late drop by Bethany Hamilton who also advanced into Round Two. Photos: ASP Towner © Covered Images

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ASSOCIATION OF SURFING PROFESSIONALS (ASP) INTERNATIONAL

STELLAR FIRST DAY FOR REEF HAWAIIAN PRO

Honolulu - (November 12, 2007) - The 25th anniversary of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing stepped out in brilliant form today with round one of the REEF Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park.

The women’s REEF Hawaiian Pro got underway today with trials heats that determined the 12 ladies who advance into the main seeded round. Moving through were Alana Blanchard (Hawaii), Ornella Pelizzari, Kyla Langen (USA), Juliana Quint (Brazil), Nikita Robb (South Africa), Mizuki Hagiwara (Japan), Kim Mayer (USA), Claudia Goncalves (Brazil), Serena Brooke (Australia) and Bethany Hamilton (Hawaii).

It was a solid Hawaiian welcome for REEF, new sponsors of the Hawaiian Pro this winter.

“What an incredible first day,”said PJ O’Connell, Marketing Director for the brand. “It’s amazing, everyone’s smiling, just so happy. It’s pretty hard to go wrong on a day like today.”

The $740,000 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing consists of the Reef Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, Nov. 12-24 (6* WQS, men and women), the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach, Nov.25-Dec.6 (6*WQS men and WCT women), the Billabong Pipeline Masters (men), Pipeline, Dec. 8-20 (WCT) and Billabong Pro Maui (women), Honolua Bay, Maui, Dec. 8-20 (WCT).

In addition to $740,000 in prize money, both the men’s and women’s Vans Triple Crown champions will receive a limited edition $25,000 Chevy Colorado truck. The men’s champion will also receive a custom $10,000 Nixon watch.

All of the action of this year’s Vans Triple Crown of Surfing can be experienced live via the internet at triplecrownofsurfing.com powered by surfspot.com . Additionally, surfline.com will be offering original daily content, and surfingthemag.com will provide a daily blog.

 

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