Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, USA — June 5, 2012
Monday morning, day three of the Triple-S started off on a heart-wrenching, horrendous note. Following the slider park action in The Slick on Sunday, organizers corralled the five world-class obstacles together and anchored them in The Slick. During the night, however, an unidentified party unleashed havoc by releasing the anchors, setting everything adrift.

Fortunately, the onshore winds pushed the sliders towards shore, rather than over the horizon into oblivion. Oddly, the culprits kindly tied everything together once it drifted to shore. One of the kickers, however, was dragged off and found overturned in a poor thievery attempt.

Several PWCs of competitors mobbed up to The Slick to pry the beached 80-foot-long John Wayne A-frame from the marsh. And in the end, all was recovered with no lasting damage — except the disappearance of the sliders’ anchors. Combing the waist-deep water in an arms-locked-searching-for-a-body fashion, most of the lost anchors were found.

By the time order returned, the wind had dropped off, rendering the prospect of a Slick or Slider competition unlikely. Nevertheless, the day unfolded in the high-energy spirit of the Triple-S.

“Yesterday was as true of a representation of the founding concepts of the event as you could ever have,” commented Trip Forman, REAL Watersports co-founder and Triple-S co-founder. “The first Triple-S was organized around getting like-minded riders together for a week to help push the sport forward. Even with the lack of wind on Monday, the riders setup the REAL Slider Park in the sound and inside the basin and continued to push each other’s abilities forward. Even though it was a complete lay day, the vibe was still there and the riding level continued to progress even further.”

Riding until sunset, competitors took turns winching the 100-yard-long boat basin, which was setup with the Best Rooftop Rail, followed by the Liquid Force Reverse Rainbow Rail. And out on the Sound, dual PWCs towed riders across the John Wayne A-frame.

That evening the Dub Island Sound System rocked the crowd at REAL and an all-time afterhours party followed off site.

Four days 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