Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA — June 8, 2012
While rideable for most of the day, Thursday’s wind was lighter than needed to run a third consecutive day of five-star action.

However, with lots of activities on tap, many competitors got at it, surfing in the Atlantic, winching in the REAL Watersports boat basin and skateboarding in the Laughing Gull Bowl. The highlight of the day, however, was the second annual Sunset Swim charity runway event.

Mojo Collins primed the stage with soulful tunes, and then the runway show kicked off at 8:30 p.m. With all proceeds benefiting Athletes 4 Cancer, the event consisted of dinner, a bikini fashion show, live auction, and raffle, as well as touching words from a cancer survivor and an inspiring glimpse of Athlete’s 4 Cancer’s survivorship program and mission.

Amidst a full house at the REAL compound, the gorgeous models strutted their stuff, showcasing swimwear from Billabong, O’Neill, Hurley, Quiksilver, Pretty in Neon, and lastly, Sensi Bikinis, which are designed by Triple-S competitor and Sunset Swim event organizer Sensi Graves. Following in the footsteps of last year’s success, the charity runway event once again raised thousands of dollars for a great cause.

One day of the world’s best Surf, Slick and Slider riding remain.

The 2012 Triple-S Invitational is supported by REAL Watersports, John Wayne Cancer Foundation, Outer Beaches Realty, Stance, SBC, Liquid Force, Slingshot, Best Kiteboarding, BWS, Naish, Dakine, Arnette, Skullcandy, Rebootizer, Red Bull, Soloshot, Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, Watermen’s Retreat, MOJOs Sunset Cafe.

And a special thanks to the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau for sponsoring the 2012 Triple-S Session Reports.

Words: Brian Wheeler, Photos: Bryan Elkus