The Top Five Greatest Moments In Vans Womens Triple Crown Of Surfing History

posted by / News / November 12, 2007

Silvana Lima Scores a Perfect 10 at the Billabong Pro (pictured above)

Scoring a perfect 10 at a {{{Vans}}} Triple Crown of Surfing event is noteworthy, but it’s been done before and it’s not going to make the record books unless there’s an interesting twist to the story. Well, Silvana Lima of Brazil put a little twist into her flawless ride at the 2005 Billabong Pro Maui. Event wildcard Lima had a lot of pressure on her to compete against reigning women’s Triple Crown of Surfing champion, Chelsea Georgeson, in round one of the second heat. As a wildcard, Silvana didn’t have a lot to lose – but no one could have predicted what she pulled off. On her very first wave ever in a World Championship Tour competition, Lima shot out of a large, long barrel and smacked the lip before grabbing her rail laying into a roundhouse to complete the wave. One big step for women’s surfing. And another giant leap for the Vans Triple Crown.

Eleven-year-old Carissa Moore Makes Her Vans Triple Crown Debut

The challenging right walls of Haleiwa is intimidating enough for seasoned professionals. But for an 11-year-old girl? Impossible. That is, until Carissa Moore entered the Roxy Pro in 2003. The NSSA phenom from Honolulu proved she could be a serious threat to competitors more than twice her age and with twice as much experience. Surfing the Roxy Pro as a wildcard, Moore amazed spectators as the youngest surfer ever to compete in the Triple Crown of Surfing. Her petite frame managed to slice through daunting 4- to 6-foot waves roughed-up by side-shore winds, winning her first heat and defeating South Africa’s world No.4 Heather Clark and Australia’s former world No.2 Serena Brooke. After the sixth-grader won her heat against those who have served as role models to her, Carissa made her way to the quarterfinals where she bowed out gracefully. Not bad for an 11-year-old wildcard who, at age 14, would eventually make her first WCT final. Surely, the first of many.

Keala Kennelly Becomes the First Hawaiian to win the Women’s Triple Crown of Surfing

It’s only natural for islanders to be extra hungry for a Vans Triple Crown title. In 2003, Kauai native Keala Kennelly made that childhood dream come true when she won her first professional Hawaiian contest in front of a hometown crowd at the Turtle Bay Resort Women’s Pro. She then went on to make the quarters in the Billabong Pro Maui, enough to clinch the crown. After her win, Keala probably spoke for every Hawaiian when she said, “About time a Hawaiian won the Hawaiian Triple Crown.” To date, she remains the only female Hawaiian who holds the elite title.

Layne Beachley is First to Win the Women’s Triple Crown of Surfing

In the world of pro surfing, there are two titles every ASP World Tour surfer covets. The ultimate, of course, is to be crowned ASP World Champion. Close behind that prestigious title is the winner of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. The Triple Crown began in 1983 and was a title only bestowed on the men. In1997, organizers provided females their own opportunity to prove themselves in heavy Hawaiian surf. Layne Beachley surfed into Triple Crown of Surfing history books when she was crowned the very first female winner of the event in 1997 and defended her title in 1998. In that same year, she also became the ASP World Champion for the first time. Since 1998, Layne Beachley has battled bouts of chronic fatigue syndrome and other personal hurdles to win single Triple Crown of Surfing events and seven ASP World titles. She and Chelsea Hedges are the only two females who have succeeded in winning two consecutive Triple Crown of Surfing titles.

Wildcard Melanie Bartels Wins Triple Crown’s Roxy Pro at Sunset Beach

Having the ability to charge big surf and launch insane aerials isn’t always a recipe that translates into competitive success. For two years, Hawaiian Melanie Bartels reached for an elusive win on the ASP World Tour, but never made it past the third round. Her long-standing misfortune on the tour, however, was about to change in a big way. As a wildcard in the 2006 Roxy Pro, Melanie’s determination to turn the tables with positive thinking during her heats could have been what she needed all along to turn her losses into wins. In the final 30-minute heat against Stephanie Gilmore, Rochelle Ballard and Chelsea Hedges, Melanie pulled-off a wave in the last 14 seconds of the heat, inching out Gilmore to earn her the winning spot at the second event of the Triple Crown of Surfing, the 2006 Roxy Pro at Sunset Beach. Mel’s emotional win at the prestigious Roxy Pro may have been the necessary catalyst to jump-start another fruitful career on the ASP World Tour. Once considered an underdog in professional competition, she’s now seen as the girl to beat.

For more on the Vans Womens Triple Crown of Surfing, including live webcasts of all three events, visit www.TripleCrownOfSurfing.com

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