Reef is gearing up to host the 2012 Reef Hawaiian Pro, first gem of the Van’s Triple Crown of Surfing, in addition to kick starting the iconic competition’s 30th Anniversary. The dramatic showdown taking place at Ali’i Beach Park on the North Shore of Oahu November 12th-24th marks the beginning of the end of the 2012 competitive surfing season. The ASP Prime event will attract the world’s elite all in search of valuable 2013 ASP World Championship Tour qualifying points, a $250,000 prize purse and the allure of winning one of Surfing’s most prestigious events.
The 2012 Reef Hawaiian Pro marks Reef’s 6th year hosting the event at one of the North Shore’s most beloved beaches and revered surf breaks. Reef commissioned esteemed artist, Alex Weinstein, to create the 2012 event artwork and to depict the iconic spot. Weinstein is best known for his emotive paintings and sculptures in which he intimately explores the ever-changing mood of the ocean environment. A lifelong and avid surfer, the work speaks directly to the immersive experience of time spent in the ocean while keeping an ardent discourse with contemporary issues in art.
When asked about the inspiration behind the work, Weinstein added, “Hawaiian waves are heavy and the commitment is personal. For me, the Triple Crown is more about the physical and natural challenges facing the individual than it is about competition. The waves are the main attraction. It’s about handling the immense power, in physical and historical terms, of Hawaiian waves. Again, it's personal.”
Haleiwa (Alii Beach Park) Best known as the gateway to the Seven-Mile Miracle, Oahu’s famed North Shore, Haleiwa town hosts the first stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Reef Hawaiian Pro. The event runs at Alii Beach Park on the west side of the Haleiwa Boat Harbor, where Haleiwa’s tricky reef is capable of delivering hollow rights, rippable sections and powerful closeouts.Haleiwa is a true test of a professional surfer’s ability to handle a multitude of conditions, all at the same break. From two to four feet, Haleiwa is a rippable peak, with most surfers favoring the longer rights. Its racey walls allow for high-performance surfing at its best. At four to six feet, the right can get hollow and heavy and competitors will sit deep and look for the longest barrels. Over six feet, Haleiwa can handle, but the waves transform into powerful, punishing walls of water that race down the reef before closing out over the extremely shallow Toilet Bowl section. The shallow slab of reef is responsible for critical and dangerous end-of-wave maneuvers, as well the occasional broken board. Best on a west swell, knowledge of the lineup is key at Haleiwa. As the surf increases in size, a strong rip develops across the lineup and can pull surfers out of position and right into the impact zone of an oncoming set. Most often, the winner at Haleiwa is the surfer who can handle themselves in a variety of conditions and have the stamina to continually fight the rip, heat after heat.
2012 Reef Hawaiian Pro Trailer.