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Top Surfing Competitions to See on Your Next Hawaii Vacation

If you’re taking a Hawaii vacation during surf season, then you should definitely check out some of the top surfing competitions that make their way through Hawaii.

Since Hawaii is home to some of the best breaks and biggest swells in the world, it’s also home to some of the world’s top surfing competitions. The world’s most renowned surfing competitions finish their tours at Oahu’s Banzai Pipeline, which houses the world’s most “perfect” wave.

Here are a few you should check out on your next Hawaii vacation:

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

In 2015, this series began on November 12th and will run to December 20th. Be sure to stop by if you’re on Oahu during this time frame.

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is the world’s most famous surfing competition and has been called the “Superbowl” of the surfing world. Every year, the biggest names and talents from the industry head to Oahu’s North Shore to tackle the world’s best waves.

The Triple Crown of Surfing has been around since the early 1980s, when the North Shore had become one of the world’s premier destinations for short boarders.

Billabong Pipe Masters

Between December 8th and December 20th in 2015, the Billabong Pipe Masters will hold its 45th annual competition. This is held at North Shore’s renowned Banzai Pipeline in Ehuki Beach Park and is the final stop for both the Vans Triple Crown and the ASP Men’s World Tour.

The Pipeline is one of the world’s most famous waves, offering a near-perfect tube that many believe to be the best wave on the planet.

Although Pipe Masters is the third and final “jewel” in the Triple Crown of Surfing, this event is ten years older. The so-called Holy Grail of waves is another ideal stop if you’re visiting Hawaii during this competition.

ASP World Championship Tour

Until 2014, the Association of Surfing Professionals ran the Triple Crown’s main competition competitor, the ASP World Championship Tour. The World Surf League now runs the competition, which is the home of some of the world’s most famous surfers.

Like other surfing competitions and leagues, Hawaii’s North Shore is a prime destination for many of the WSL’s competitions.

This year, the Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour ends with the Billabong Pipe Masters.

Quicksilver Eddie Aikau Memorial

Eddie Aikau was Waimea Bay’s first official lifeguard and also one of the world’s best big wave surfers. From the late 1960s to the late 1970s, Eddie surfed all the swells to come through the North Shore, until he lost his life in 1978.

This competition is held in his memory at Waimea Bay, another one of the North Shore’s best beaches for surfing.


Anyone taking a vacation to Oahu should stop by one of these surfing competitions. Even if you aren’t a surfer, you’ll be able to experience the excitement from the shore and get some great photos to take back home.

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