All eyes are on Hawaii now, as the 7-mile miracle comes into play for their winter season. On November 13, the Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing virtual begins on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

The Michelob Ultra Pure Gold Haleiwa event starts on November 26 at the notorious right-hand break of Haleiwa. It is a men and women’s Challenger Series event.

The Nazare Big Wave Challenge in Portugal begins on November 15, as does the Quiksilver Jaws Big Wave Challenge on Maui in Hawaii.

These two events are the only big wave events on the big wave tour. As a result, the venues are recognized as delivering the biggest rideable waves in the world.

The Nazare event in Portugal is a tow event, meaning the surfers get towed into waves utilizing jetskis, while the Jaws event is a paddle only event, and the jetskis are only used for safety purposes.

Next year the JBay Open is confirmed, and that will be something to look forward to. World Champion Gabriel Medina will be back in town as part of his campaign to defend his world title. Gabby is always an absolute stand-out in JBay and could easily add another victory to his name.

BARRA DE LA CRUZ, OAXACA, MEXICO – AUGUST 11: Two-time WSL Champion Gabriel Medina of Brazil at the Corona Open Mexico presented by Quiksilver, Barra de la Cruz, Oaxaca, Mexico. (Photo by Thiago Diz/World Surf League)

 

Over in Switzerland, the Alaia Open is coming up soon, and it will be the first contest at the Swiss Alaïa Bay Wave Pool. It will take place during the first week of December, and there will be some cool water around. There are some snowfalls around already, and there are some icy edges to the pool, so it will be interesting.

On the local front, we will find out the Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders Closed Champs winners on Friday night at the prizegiving. The contest at Seal Point was an incredible event in excellent surf conditions, with local surfers making it to several division finals.

There is a rumoured worldwide wetsuits shortage coming soon. If you have the opportunity, try and grab a wetsuit this side of the New Year. Next year will be a bit more challenging to get your hands on a suit.