Tales From The North Shore Of Oahu

A packed house for opening day of the 2010 Billabong Pro In Memory Of Andy Irons.

A packed house for opening day of the 2010 Billabong Pro In Memory Of Andy Irons.

This truck and scooter were commissioned to pick up Bruce Irons as he flew in from Kauai to Oahu and landed at a nearby private airstrip. The scooter was loaded into the back just in case there was too much traffic.

This truck and scooter were commissioned to pick up Bruce Irons as he flew in from Kauai to Oahu and landed at a nearby private airstrip. The scooter was loaded into the back just in case there was too much traffic.

Don't event think about it, brah!

Don't event think about it, brah!

Rigging up a 25-lb. mini-chopper used to get a unique angle at the Pipe Masters. The guy said he's going to shoot video, I told him to watch out for my kamikaze pilot remote control plane...

Rigging up a 25-lb. mini-chopper used to get a unique angle at the Pipe Masters. The guy said he's going to shoot video, I told him to watch out for my kamikaze pilot remote control plane...

Backdoor Pipeline on Wednesday morning, the first day of the 2010 Billabong Pro Pipeline Masters.

Backdoor Pipeline on Wednesday morning, the first day of the 2010 Billabong Pro Pipeline Masters.

3:20PM Just had a surf at Gumes (right next to Pipe) with just myself and Michel Bourez. What I thought was going to be fun, just overhead rights turned into double overhead and scratching for the horizon. Between the big sets and thousands of people on the beach it was a bit nerve wracking. All I could think of was getting yelled at by the announcers and roughed up by the water patrol after having to get rescued. Bourez, who is seeded into the third round and didn’t surf today, is ready for a break after the contest. “I can’t wait to get home and forget about contests for a while,” said the friendly Tahitian as he casually paddled over a bomber. Bourez has had a great year and is currently in the top 10 with just Pipe remaining. Okay so maybe I jumped the gun on Parko winning the Triple Crown again, but really, you think he’s not going to repeat his performance from last year? One more heat and it’s official. Parko had a great quote today when he brought up the fact that he and Andy both have sons now and it’s possible that the two boys could be battling it out 20-years from now just like their old men did back in the day. That would be epic. The winner of the Action Sports Now contest to stay with us here on the North Shore just arrived and he’s baffled by how freakin’ big it is right out in front of the house, “It’s huge out there! I can’t believe how close it is to the beach, too. So crazy!” said 25-year old Brian Austin from Laguna Beach. Brian’s here with his girlfriend Liz, bringing some much needed female presence to the house. They arrived on the best day so far so they have quite good timing. 1:34PM Took a walk up to Rocky Point just in time to see Mikala Jones coming in from a session at Rocky rights. “It was like J-Bay out here this morning,” he told me. It’s kinda funny, while it looks fun enough and is totally contestable, the best surf on the North Shore isn’t at the Banzai. Places like Log Cabins, Rocky Point, Sunset and especially Rockpiles (solid 10-foot Hawaiian) are absolutely going off. Tom Carroll and Reef McIntosh were ripping the big ol’ left at Rockpiles and stood out from the small pack of surfers. 11:40AM Andy Irons spot in the Pipe Masters was just given to Tommy Whitaker and will be surfing against Bruce Irons. Heavy. On a related note, we’d like to welcome Andy Axel Irons to the world…maybe Uncle Bruce will smoke Tommy Whits in Andy’s honor? And it’s offical: Joel Parkinson is the Vans Triple Crown Champion now that the nearest contenders Joel Centeio and Granger Larsen are out of the event. Congrats Parko! 11:07 The onshore sea breeze is kickin’ in a bit right now and the barrels are showing the effect by clamping down on the boys. In a cool move, Jamie O’Brien pulled out of the event (he’s recovering from a broken arm) and Pipe regular Dave Wassel is now in the event and beat Travis Logie in his first heat. Wassel is a legend of a human being—I hope he does well. Could be time for an editor surf…don’t tell my boss. 10:22AM The circus is in full swing right now. There are choppers flying around, thousands of people on the beach, and some damn fine surfing going down. Bruce Irons, who was at a hospital in Kauai to see his nephew be born, just flew over the contest in a small Cesna airplane and it looks like he’s going to make it in time for his heat later today. Luke Stedman was just knocked out of the event and it looks like he won’t be on the 2011 World Tour. Bummer for Steds, he’s a nice guy, hopefully for him he’ll be back after a short requalification. 7AM Wednesday, December 8 It’s game on here at the Banzai! Just got the call, the Pipe Masters will begin at 7:45 local time. You can watch it Billabong Pro Pipeline Masters. I’ve seen a few waves break on the second reef out at Pupukea so there are good sized waves, the only issue is that there’s so much sand on the beach it’s creating backwash making for somewhat wonky (one of my favorite words to describe surf conditions). They’ll be running the contest in the dual heat format, meaning it’s man on man but there will two heats in the water at the same time. Up first is Kamalei Alexander vs. Adam Melling and Danny Fuller vs. his good friend Roy Powers. Expect the regular foots to rule today, there are hardly any lefts and the rights are tough backside. Off to the beach, it’s gonna be a big day at the office! It looks like the new name of the Pipe Masters is now the Billabong Pipeline Masters In Memory Of Andy Irons. The sad (yet uplifting at the same time) part is that Lyndie Irons, Andy’s wife, is going into labor today and the world will soon welcome Andy’s son with open arms and wonderful memories of his father. We wish you the best Lyndie! Click Through To The Next Page For More…

Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13