The art of the Triple Crown of Surfing

The Triple Crown of Surfing is one of the most prestigious of all surfing competitions, taking place on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. The best Hawaiian local surfers take on professional surfers from around the globe in arguably the best waves on the planet. The event dates back to 1983 and famously features art in each year’s event poster, artwork, and merchandise.

Vans Triple Crown of Surfing on the North Shore, Hawaii

The Triple Crown spans 3 surfing events over a 2 month period (November and December). The three events are The Hawaiian Pro (at Haleiwa), the World Cup of Surfing (at Sunset Beach), and the Pipeline Masters.

Between 2002 and 2010, there were separate event posters for the men’s and women’s events, using two different artists. Since 2013, they changed to only one poster and artist. The sponsors and names of the events have changed over the years too. Most of all, it’s interesting to see the graphic (design) and visual style progression over time.

Showcased below are all the Triple Crown of Surfing posters since 1983 (or the ones we could find). Enjoy.

2018: Wade Koniakowsky

2018 Triple Crown of Surfing poster

2017: Heather Brown

2017 Triple Crown of Surfing poster

“I was stoked beyond belief to create the art for the 2008 Women’s Triple Crown earlier in my career, so this just stopped me and my tracks to get asked again to do the Men’s event this year! Mahalo Nui Loa, Vans for asking me! I am truly honored and humbled!”

2017 Triple Crown artist, Heather Brown

2016: Patrick Parker

2016 Triple Crown of Surfing poster

“Holy shit, I think to myself when I see my poster all over the North Shore. It’s the same feeling as pulling into the deepest barrel of your life, much like the wave on the poster, and coming out with the spit.”

2016 Triple Crown artist, Patrick Parker

2015: Rick Rietveld

2015 Triple Crown of Surfing poster

2014: Gregg Kaplan

2014 Triple Crown of Surfing poster

2013: Christie Shinn

2013 Triple Crown of Surfing poster

2012: Artists unknown

2012 Triple Crown of Surfing posters

2011: Troy Carney

2014 Triple Crown of Surfing poster

2010: Chris Lundy and Colleen Wilcox

2010 Triple Crown of Surfing posters

2009: Steven Power and Kat Reeder

2009 Triple Crown of Surfing posters

2008: Kelsey Brookes and Heather Brown

2008 Triple Crown of Surfing posters

2007: Blaine Fontana
2006: David Lloyd and Ea Eckerman

2007 & 2006 Triple Crown of Surfing posters

2005: Wolfgang Bloch
2004: Ichiro
2003: Steven Powers

2005, 2004 & 2003 Triple Crown of Surfing posters

2002: Artist unknown and Colleen Gnos (poster not found)
2001: Brenda Cablayan
2000: Marco Almera

2002, 2001 & 2000 Triple Crown of Surfing posters

1999: Steven Powers
1998: Rick Rietveld
1997: Steven Powers

1999, 1998 & 1997 Triple Crown of Surfing posters

1996: Artist unknown
1995: John Severson
1994: Bill Ogden

1996, 1995 & 1994 Triple Crown of Surfing posters

1993: Artist unknown
1992: Ken Auster
1991: Robert Wyland

1993, 1992 & 1991 Triple Crown of Surfing posters

1990: Christian Riese Lassen
1989: Ron Croci
1988: Chris Lundy

1990, 1989 & 1988 Triple Crown of Surfing posters

1987: Don King (photo)
1986 and 1885: Ken Auster

1987, 1986 & 1985 Triple Crown of Surfing posters

1984 and 1983: Artists unknown

1984 & 1983 Triple Crown of Surfing posters

Let us know what years were your favourites! @clubofthewaves

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May 25, 2019

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