Triple threat

Haleiwa, Sunset Beach, Pipeline -- the three jewels of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. "Next to winning a world title there's nothing bigger," said Joel Parkinson last year after etching his name upon the crown. Who will it be this year? Hard to say. Local favorites are always a threat, then there are the points-hungry WQS surfers, and of course, a world title battle between Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson. No matter how you break it down, there's no shortage of intrigue this year. (Tom Servais)