Marty Thomas Joins the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Team

posted by / News / June 19, 2009


Marty Thomas is going home. The polished regular-footer from Hawaii is leaving the So-Cal freeway chase behind to run the {{{Vans}}} Triple Crown of Surfing with Randy Rarick. With an 11-year run on the world tour, where he won Rookie of the Year and cracked the Top 16, Marty carries a long history of good surfing back to where it all began. We caught up with Marty to chat about his future and what he’s bringing to the Vans Triple Crown…besides a solid forehand volley.

SURFING MAGAZINE: HEADING BACK TO THE ISLANDS…YOU EXCITED?

Marty Thomas: For sure, I’m really looking forward to getting back there. Our whole family lives on the North Shore, so we’re all very excited, especially my kids. They consider Hawaii home.

WHAT DO YOU AND RANDY RARICK HAVE UP YOUR SLEEVES FOR THE TRIPLE CROWN IN THE COMING YEARS?

First and foremost we want to continue delivering the ultimate surfing experience for local and traveling surfers. Any changes or enhancements will go through a process, everyone involved or affected by the events will have a say. The main goal is for everyone to be stoked once the final heat is over and the beach is cleared.

WHAT WILL YOU BE HEADING-UP OVER THERE?

I will be responsible for directing the series, including pre-promotion, execution of events, and act as liaison between the North Shore community, contest surfers, and ASP staff.

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST BACK IN HAWAII?

Working with Randy, Bernie, and the whole VTCS crew, being close to family, surfing {{{Rocky}}}’s, and playing golf at Turtle Bay with the Boyz. Not necessarily in that order.

YOU SURFED ON THE WORLD TOUR FOR ABOUT 11 YEARS, HOW HAVE THINGS CHANGED?

Less events at way better locations with quality waves. The ASP World Tour really is the “Dream Tour.” In ’87, the year I broke the Top 16, I competed in 28 events, mostly in 2- to 3-foot fickle beach break and it was a grind. The WQS is still a bit of a grind, but it should be, right? But even the WQS can be a dream tour if you pick the right path: Margret’s, Tazi, Durban, Lowers, Scotland, Maldives, France, Steamer’s, Haleiwa, and Sunset — that’s a pretty good dream. Event sponsors are another good change; major props to our industry’s leading brands and the core Execs behind them at Quik, Billabong, Rip Curl, O’Neill, Hurley, and Vans. They have really stepped up in the last 15 years to help create and keep the Dream Tour alive.

WHAT ABOUT THE TRIPLE CROWN, HOW MUCH HAVE YOU SEEN IT EVOLVE?

It’s great to see the Triple Crown events reach more people and surf enthusiasts through the web cast and TV. When I was growing up, the VTCS events were the best events on tour and they still are. It’s never been about the beach set-up; it’s always been about what goes down in the lineup. The North Shore will always be surfing’s ultimate proving ground. And the VTCS is our biggest stage.

WHERE’S YOUR NEW SPOT?

Rocky’s was pretty much my stomping grounds growing up and Gas Chambers is where we like to hang. There are still a few nooks and crannies over there, but you’ll have to find those on your own.

[Be sure to check out what the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has planned for the future at TRIPLE CROWN OF SURFING.]

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts