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Spectator Tips
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

Spectator Tips

Oct 10, 2015


  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, plenty of water and extra sun protection for young children. And just because the sun is not out doesn’t mean you can’t get burned. Sunscreen is a must, especially on overcast days when the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays are even stronger.
  • Bring binoculars. They add to the experience.
  • Bring your camera.
  • Bring a beach chair, towel or mat to sit own. A sandy bottom gets old real quick.
  • Bring a rain jacket, slicker or hooded sweatshirt. After all, it’s winter and there may be a brief drizzle passing by.
  • Pay attention to road signs, warnings and driveways to avoid tickets and towing.
  • Get to the beach early to score a good parking spot and avoid traffic.
  • Pick up your own or any other trash on the beach. Malama ka ‘aina (take care of the land).
  • Be polite and courteous to the local residents. They have to live with events and crowds in their driveways and backyards.
  • Heed the lifeguard’s warnings. During the winter months, waves can double in size within an hour.
  • Show aloha to others. Say hi, don’t be in a hurry, stop and wait for people crossing the road, stop and let people out of their driveway and say thanks when you change lanes in front of someone.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle.  Water filling stations are available at all contest sites.
  • Take public transportation and avoid parking hassles. North Shore buses are Routes 52, 55, 88A, and you can also park at Turtle Bay Resort and ride their hourly shuttles ($20-25 fee round-trip).


  • Smoke or leave cigarette butts in the sand. Enjoy the fresh Pacific air and respect the rights of athletes and other visitors to clean air. If you must smoke, use a butt container.
  • Bring an umbrella to the beach. Umbrellas prevent other spectators from enjoying the action and become dangerous projectiles when it’s windy.
  • Bring your pets to the beach. No one likes stepping in doggy-doo.
  • Let little ones play at the shoreline. A big wave can easily take your kids out to sea, especially at Pipeline or Sunset.
  • Sit along the water’s edge. When a big set washes up the beach, you and your belongings will get soaked.
  • Stop on Kamehameha Highway to watch the World Cup of Surfing. You will be towed, fined or both.
  • Leave valuables in your car.
  • Harass competitors for autographs while they’re in the contestant’s area or before they’re about to paddle out for a heat. Wait till after their heat for autograph and photo opportunities.
  • Bring bullhorns, air horns or other noise making devices. Contest officials use these tools to alert competitors and you’re personal noisemaker may interfere with valuable contest information.
  • Be rude. This is paradise. Let’s enjoy it together.

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