The 2021 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, on the fabled North Shore of O‘ahu, Hawaii, will go down right here with the world’s best surfers competing via digital video submissions.
3 iconic waves.
2 clips from each.
Hawaiian Pro, Hale‘iwa Ali‘i Beach Park
World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach
Pipe Masters, Pipeline / Backdoor
* December 15 is the last day to register
Progressive craft inclusion.
Evolved judging criteria.
Videography prize money.
Fan voting expansion - part of Vans Crown Clips as well as a final push for fan favorite surfer overall.
Vans Crown Clips weekly prizing.
Online video wave comparisons.
Socially promotable and downloadable clips.
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing has evolved as a digital video submission competition moving forward. It requires that you validly register for and are accepted into the event, surf at the traditional Vans Triple Crown locations of Haleiwa, Sunset Beach and Pipeline/Backdoor Pipe, between December 21, 2021 and January 21, 2022, and comply with submission guidelines to be eligible for monetary prizes for the respective winners.
This competition is recommended for highly experienced surfers only as it will be held at a time when waves on O‘ahu’s North Shore are typically big and challenging. You should be capable of surfing at the highest level at all three of these esteemed locations, on the biggest and best days of surf. Please note that Vans, WSL or anyone else involved with the event are not responsible for or available to assist prospective competitors with travel to, from or within Hawaii, lodging or transportation, or any testing or other federal, state or local requirements due to COVID-19.
The event’s mission remains to honor the legacy and progression of surf culture on the North Shore. It will champion inclusivity in surfing, equity in competition, and continue to highlight the thriving crop of surf talent that exists today.
The event will be an evolution of surf content that will attract new and core audiences while activating against Vans’ values of culture, community and sustainability.
Athlete registration closes December 15, 2021
The official event period is December 21, 2021 through January 21, 2022.
All waves must be ridden and clips submitted during this time period of December 21, 2021 — January 21, 2022 (submissions close 11:59pm Hawaii time January 21, 2022).
Winners will be announced at the official Awards Ceremony that will take place on January 23, 2022.
All clips submitted for entry must be from the breaks outlined below:
Hawaiian Pro @ Haleiwa Ali’i Beach Park
World Cup of Surfing @ Sunset Beach
Pipe Masters @ Pipeline/Backdoor Pipe
This competition is sanctioned by the WSL and is open to all WSL surfers as well as non-WSL surfers.
The competition is open equally to men and women, locals, and surfers from abroad.
Total number of Competitors: 125 entries open equally between men and women for the overall Vans Triple Crown Event. (See complete rules for more information.)
Vans will reserve a minimum of 40% of allocated spots for locals (25 men and 25 women).
Only surfers who are able to be physically on the North Shore and surfing during the Event Period should enter.
Once all 125 spots are filled, additional prospective competitors who validly register prior to the Entry Deadline will be placed on an Alternates list. Should one or more spots open up, the respective number of eligible Alternates will be officially entered and notified no later than December 20, 2021. Entry fee will not be charged until an entry becomes official.
Any unused spots in the women’s category will be offered to men on the Alternate list; any unused spots in the men’s category will be offered to women on the Alternate list.
All prospective competitors must sign up between 9:01am Hawaii time on November 15, 2021 and the Registration Deadline of 11:59pm Hawaii time on December 15, 2021.
Prospective competitors must enter here: vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com where a complete outline of the Official Rules & Regulations can be found.
Successful entrants will be asked to create a User Profile which becomes the competitor’s submission hub. Please note User Profile and submissions are visible by the public.
Successful entrants will need to pay an Entry Fee of US$125 at time of registration.
All entrants must agree to the OFFICIAL RULES, Vans’ privacy statement and the Assumption of Risk, Media Waiver and COVID-19 release at time of registration.
An athlete happy hour and competitors meeting is scheduled to be held on Sunday, December 19, at Cafe Haleiwa, from 3pm-6pm. You will be able to ask questions and pick up your official Vans Triple Crown competitor pack at this time.
The total, combined prize purse for this competition is US$217,000, split equally among men and women.
Prizes will be awarded for the following categories as outlined below:
The Overall Vans Triple Crown Champion Awards will go to the single highest scoring male, and single highest scoring female, based on their combined 6-ride total from all three locations (2 highest scored waves from each of the three (3) locations). Highest points total overall male, and highest points total overall female, will be crowned champions.
Individual Location Awards will be awarded to the top 5 scoring competitors - both male and female - based on their combined 2-ride total for that Location. Highest points total wins.
1st – 5th Place awarded for both men and women from each location = $30,000 (USD) Total Per location
Each week, for 4 weeks, one man and one woman will each be awarded a bonus prize of a $500 gift voucher to a local North Shore restaurant.
The male and female competitors who receive the highest amount of fan votes will each receive $1,500.
Overall men’s and women’s champs’ videographers will win $10,000 each. It is the responsibility of the men’s and women’s champions to identify their winning videographer.
The competition will be based on each competitor’s video submissions: two (2) best waves per Location for a total of six (6) waves across the three (3) locations of Haleiwa, Sunset, Pipeline/Backdoor.
Competitors must submit two (2) waves from each of the three (3) locations to be eligible for the overall Vans Triple Crown title and the individual location prizes.
Competitors should submit waves they have ridden during the Event period that best meet the judging criteria.
No rides that have been surfed in any other official competition taking place during the Vans Triple Crown competition period can be submitted. For example, a wave surfed in competition during the HIO event at Haleiwa cannot be entered into the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.
Waves can be submitted by the competitor at any time during the Event Period.
Competitors may trade out their two (2) best waves at each location during the Event Period with subsequently better rides caught throughout the Event Period, however there is a maximum of only four (4) trades permitted per location during the entire Event period.
There will be four (4) weekly scoring dates during the competition, at which time WSL judges will score submitted rides (see “Judging Criteria”). Scores will continue to be updated to vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com.
Competitors must submit their final selections (2 waves per each of the three locations for a total of 6 waves) by 11:59pm Hawaii time on January 21, 2022.
NOTE: 1 of your 6 official submissions MUST be a wave ridden on “progressive” craft. Progressive craft is considered to be any surfboard that is NOT a thruster or quad traditional surfboard shape. The purpose of including one submission on “progressive” craft is to continue to push the level of surfing based on Vans’ Special Judging Criteria (please see Judging Criteria section for more details).
For Vans Crown Clips entries, please see “Vans Crown Clips Submissions” below.
Vans Crown Clips is a bonus prize offering within the overall Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.
Each Monday, registered competitors can submit their best ride from the prior week only for judging. The video should be uploaded using the submission guidelines below.
After you upload your video, you will be able to download a formatted social-media version of the clip within a couple of minutes to promote for fan voting within the specified fan voting dates and times. Use of the provided clip will increase your exposure.
A Vans Crown Clips entry can also be used as one of your Top 6 overall rides entered into the Vans Triple Crown.
Vans Crown Clips #1:
Waves ridden between December 21 and December 27.
Submit by 11:59pm Hawaii time Monday, December 27.
Fan voting opens Tuesday, December 28 at 12:01am Hawaii time for 24-hour period. Note that the fan vote is the “4th judge” along with the three WSL judges.
Official judging opens Wednesday, December 29 at 12:01am Hawaii time for 24-hour period, conducted by a 3-person panel of WSL judges.
Week 1 scores go live and Vans Crown Clips #1 winners (male and female) are announced Thursday, December 30 at 12:01am.
Vans Crown Clips #2:
Waves ridden between December 28 and January 3.
Submit by 11:59pm Hawaii time Monday, January 3.
Fan voting opens Tuesday, January 4 at 12:01am Hawaii time for 24-hour period. Note that the fan vote is the “5th judge” along with the four WSL judges.
Official judging opens Wednesday, January 5 at 12:01am Hawaii time for 24-hour period, conducted by a 4-person panel of WSL judges.
Week 2 scores go live and Vans Crown Clips #2 winners (male and female) are announced Thursday, January 6 at 12:01am.
Vans Crown Clips #3:
Waves ridden between January 4 and January 10.
Submit by 11:59pm Hawaii time Monday, January 10.
Fan voting opens Tuesday, January 11 at 12:01am Hawaii time for 24-hour period. Note that the fan vote is the “5th judge” along with the four WSL judges.
Official judging opens Wednesday, January 12 at 12:01am Hawaii time for 24-hour period, conducted by a 4-person panel of WSL judges.
Week 3 scores go live and Vans Crown Clips #3 winners (male and female) are announced Thursday, January 13 at 12:01am.
Vans Crown Clips #4:
Waves ridden between January 11 and January 17.
Submit by 11:59pm Hawaii time Monday, January 17.
Fan voting opens Tuesday, January 18 at 12:01am Hawaii time for 24-hour period. Note that the fan vote is the “5th judge” along with the four WSL judges.
Official judging opens Wednesday, January 19 at 12:01am Hawaii time for 24-hour period, conducted by a 4-person panel of WSL judges.
Week 4 scores go live and Vans Crown Clips #4 winners (male and female) are announced Thursday, January 20 at 12:01am.
All submissions must be made by the competitor only via the competitor’s User Profile on vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com
Only clips submitted directly by the competitor to their User Profile will be entered into the event and judged.
Once raw clips have been submitted, Vans will return to the competitor an edited clip that they are permitted to post on their personal social media / website. Participants must tag personal posts with @vanstriplecrownsurf and must not remove, blur or distort any logo or watermark placed on the clip by Vans.
Any clip posted or distributed online, including to a personal social media or website, prior to VTCS submission will be considered ineligible for entry. Please use the downloadable video clip that will be available within minutes of uploading your ride for your social media posts.
Competitors will grant publicity rights with respect to their submissions to Vans, WSL and VTCS media partners in perpetuity.
The first two waves for each of the three locations must be officially submitted no later than 8pm Hawaii time the day after the wave was ridden.
All submissions must be raw clips.
ALL submissions must be date and time stamped for eligibility, and the first two waves for each of the three locations must be officially submitted no later than 8pm Hawaii time the day after the wave was ridden, no exceptions. Any fraudulent activity or lack of timestamp is automatic grounds for disqualification.
The best video format is MP4 with H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec. You get a high-quality video and a small file size. However, we will also support the following formats: MOV, MPEG4, AVI and WebM.
Quality should aim for 1080p or 1440p
Ideally the size ratio will be 16:9
An unedited (raw) version of each clip must be submitted including all available frames of the start and end of the ride and without any embedded bugs or watermarks.