Tales From The North Shore Of Oahu

Pipeline and Backdoor flared up today, just in time for the Billabong Pipeline Masters. Photo: photobrent/SPL

Pipeline and Backdoor flared up today, just in time for the Billabong Pipeline Masters. Photo: photobrent/SPL

Bruce Irons with his brother Andy's Surfer Poll trophy for "Best Barrel". Bruce gave an amazing speech and has been strong in the face of tragedy.

Bruce Irons with his brother Andy's Surfer Poll trophy for "Best Barrel". Bruce gave an amazing speech and has been strong in the face of tragedy.

The girls were dressed to the nines last night! Check out World Champion Stephanie Gilmore and Coco Ho...

The girls were dressed to the nines last night! Check out World Champion Stephanie Gilmore and Coco Ho...

Tuesday, Dec. 7 8PM It sounds like the Billabong Pipeline Masters is a go tomorrow. We’re taking a well-deserved night off from the party circuit so we’ll be on point tomorrow. Watch the contest live at Billabong Pipeline Masters. 10AM The Surfer Poll Awards show was amazing last night! I had never been to the show before so I really didn’t know what to expect. It’s normally held in Irvine, where there’s no surf, but this year someone over there made a good call and moved it to the North Shore. It was the hottest ticket in town and pupus were scarfed and drinks thrown back with total disregard for the next day. I sat next to Keala Kennelly for a while and it was tough to see how sad she was during a few of the Andy Irons clips and awards. As far as the results, Andy Irons got the “Best Barrel” award, Jamie O’Brien got a few for his movie Who Is JOB? and Kelly Slater won his umpteenth Surfer Poll. Props to the Surfer crew for a really special evening. The awards show was followed up by a huge party at one of the Off The Wall team houses and was going good until someone ripped off a girl’s purse and the plug was pulled. The waves are firing right now! A fresh N/NW swell has filled in and spots like Backdoor and Off The Wall are hosting some incredible surfing right now. I just looked at OTW for 30 seconds and saw some dude get absolutely kegged. Now that the Surfer Poll is over and the waves have picked up, it’s time to put down the beverage and get some real work done… Click Through To The Next Page For More

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