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Florence and Moore Declared 2020 Vans Triple Crown Digital Champions

January 28, 2021, 9:57 AM HST
* Updated January 28, 10:03 AM
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John John Florence, 2020 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Men’s Champion. Credit: Ryan Miller via WSL

John John Florence and Carissa Moore claimed the 2020 Vans Triple Crown championship titles on O‘ahu’s North Shore to close out the 2020 winter season.

A significant evolution of the iconic Vans Triple Crown of Surfing event this year saw a new, innovative approach to the North Shore competition through hosting the entire event online, and by expanding the field to men and women.

Sanctioned by the World Surf League as a specialty digital event, the new Vans Triple Crown format welcomed more than 100 competitors, in an open, submission-based contest over a four-week contest period. Each competitor’s ability was uniquely challenged to demonstrate creativity, skill, and determination without the traditional time constraints and equipment restrictions of a normal contest.

Carissa Moore, 2020 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Women’s Champion. Credit: Ryan Miller via WSL

“World-renown for multiple World Surf League Championship titles and serving as an enduring inspiration for surfers and sports fans everywhere, Florence and Moore honor this historic win in a personal homage to the hometown surf breaks that started it all,” according to a WSL announcement.

“This was one of my favorite formats to surf in competition. It allowed for so much more freedom, and you’re really going for broke on every single wave,” said two-time WSL Champion John John Florence, who claimed his fourth Vans Triple Crown championship title of his career with this win. “The digital format pushed the level of surfing a lot, and to see all these surfers pushing at that kind of level at Haleiwa, Sunset and Pipe – it was really fun.”

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“Being a Hawaiian surfer, especially a female Hawaiian surfer, it’s always been a dream of mine to compete in the Vans Triple Crown,” said four-time reigning WSL Champion Carissa Moore. “It’s a coveted title being a Hawaiian and to showcase your skill on some of the most powerful waves in all of the world, especially in our backyard. I really enjoyed the challenge.”

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DIGITAL VANS TRIPLE CROWN OF SURFING – EVENT RESULTS

  • 2020 VTCS Men’s Champion: John Florence
  • 2020 VTCS Women’s Champion: Carissa Moore
  • Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa Men’s Winner: John Florence
  • Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa Women’s Winner: Carissa Moore
  • World Cup, Sunset Men’s Winner: John Florence
  • World Cup, Sunset Women’s Winner: Bronte Macaulay
  • Pipe Men’s Winner: John Florence
  • Pipe Women’s Winner: Moana Jones Wong
  • Fan Voting Men’s Winner: Jack Robinson
  • Fan Voting Women’s Winner: Tatiana Weston-Webb

In another historic first, the digital Vans Triple Crown event welcomed women competitors for the first time in over a decade at Pipe, ultimately crowning 21-year old Moana Jones Wong of Hawaiʻi as the victor among a competitive women’s field. Organizers say Wong’s win reflected yet another silver lining of the women’s emergence at Pipe this past season, and the exciting new potential the digital competition format can expose.

“It really means a lot to me to win this award. It was really competitive every single session. I put in all my time at Pipe and it’s my favorite wave in the world,” said Wong. “I [also] grew up surfing “Aliʻi’s” [Haleiwa] and spent so much time when I was younger at Sunset, so it was really cool to surf all three venues.”

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Awarding a total prize purse of $200,000, Vans announced the six winners during the official awards ceremony event, which aired earlier this week. Re-live the awards ceremony here.

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