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HAWAII Magazine guide to watching the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing


Sunset Beach, Oahu

O’Neill World Cup of Surfing
(men’ event)
Nov. 24 - Dec.6

The Gidget Pro
(women’s event)
Nov. 24 - Dec. 6

• Location: Kamehameha Hwy, 8 miles east of Haleiwa town

• O’Neill World Cup of Surfing defending champion: C.J. Hobgood (Florida)

• Gidget Pro defending champion: Stephanie Gilmore (Australia)

• Known by surfers for:

        - Its reputation as a surf break where champions are made and broken.
        - The “West Peak”—a classic Sunset Beach wave known for being fast-moving and unpredictable.

        - A strong rip current dubbed “Sunset Rip”—a challenge for surfers trying to complete their ride on the break’s “West Peak.”

• Beach access: Easy. Just off of Kamehameha Hwy.

• Bathrooms? Yes

• Parking? The Sunset Beach Park parking lot will be open first come, first serve. Parking will also be allowed along Kamehameha Hwy.

• Food and drink? A lunch wagon with a variety of ready-to-eat snacks and drinks for sale.

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