Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown, Leg 1: On the Docks

A dockside view of all the action from this year's kickoff event

2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
The Los Sueños marina lights up at sunset.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor

Few would argue that the Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown hosts some of the most competitive sport-fishing action on the planet. Each year, the scores are incredibly tight and the winner isn't clear until the last moments of the final day. We take you on a guided tour of the first leg of the 2017 Signature Triple Crown, as seen through the eyes of photographer Pepper Ailor.

2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
The fleet heads to sea for a day of pre-fishing before the tournament's official kickoff.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
A sailfish comes up in a tailwalking dance for a lucky angler.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
Gray Ingram's Big Oh team is always a tournament threat.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
Amanda and Ken Cofer and their team on Tranquilo won the top daily award for the first day.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
The colors on this sailfish are truly beautiful.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
Capt. Jon Duffie and the family team on Agitator placed second in this year's kickoff event. They are the defending Series Champions and are looking to defend their title in 2017.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
The boys on Blue Eagle were happy with their Day One performance, just missing the daily award.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
A sailfish is almost ready for release at boat-side.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
Mjolnir celebrates a good day offshore.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
The fleet heads in from a day of fishing.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
Los Sueños founder and president Bill Royster fishes the tournament every year.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
Marc Stanley and the boys on Pelese, ready to roll.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
A sailfish tears across the surface during the Signature Triple Crown.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
Singularis trolls the deep blue in search of action off Costa Rica.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
Capt. John Bayliss on Tarheel enjoys spending time fishing off Los Sueños.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
A sail's acrobatics can be stunning.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
Team Galati checks back into the marina.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
One of the most beautiful custom boats in the fleet is Brooks Smith's Uno Mas.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor
2017 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Leg 1 Costa Rica
The Sea Fix team chills out after a long day.© Los Sueños Resort and Marina / Pepper Ailor