The Volcom Pipe Pro webcast can be seen live right here.
It wasn’t until after contest organizers decided to postpone things for the start of the second round that Pipeline decided to do it’s thing, truly. The first round held some very wave starved heats, and a total heat score over 15 wasn’t achieved until the first heat of the second round. As North Shore lifeguard and Pipe regular Dave Wassel noted on the webcast, “You’ve got a swell starting to fill in, the wind went back offshore, and just notice how many more waves are coming in these more often coming sets. This is starting to be good Pipeline.”
Keito Matsuoka executing some flawless pigdogging at Pipe—too bad it couldn't get him through round 2 though. Photo: Volcom/Carey
North Shore lifeguard and Pipe charger Dave Wassel tried to navigate a drop that would have mere mortals quivering in fear. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Despite taking a third place in the first heat of the day, Parker Coffin showed everyone that he wants it bad. Photo: Volcom/Carey
The scene for the 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro. Photo: Volcom/Carey
A few notes:
- Anthony Walsh kicked things off quick in the second round, grabbing that first 15-point heat total.
- The heat of the day included Pipe regulars Reef McIntosh and Kamalei Alexander, along with Brazilian Dennis Thiara and Moroccan Abdel El Harim. Thiara and Reef basically traded off on Pipe scorchers, dropping the two highest heat totals (17.40 and 17.27, respectively) and two highest single wave scores (9.90 and 9.77, respectively) of the day.
- The round of 64 could start tomorrow, meaning all Pipe’s heavy hitters will be surfing heats when action starts next. With a holding swell into tomorrow, make sure to to tune into the Volcom Pipe Pro webcast live right here.
Gotta love any place where winter means you can see this sorta action on the beach. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Alex Gray loves him some Backdoor. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Charlie boy Carroll showing how to properly bottomturn at Backdoor. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Pipe regular Sion Milosky took second in his round 1 heat (to Michael Ho) and awaits a round 2 match-up with Nils Schweizer, Nic Von Rupp, and Casey Brown. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Hawaiian Love Hodel—it's not the biggest Pipe wave, but look how wide that barrel is. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Volcom's own Alexander Gray (Alexander?) showing how to do a proper man's bottomturn into the pit at Pipe. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Reef McIntosh was easily one of the standouts of the day, putting up the second highest single wave and second highest heat total (9.77 and 17.27, respectively). Photo: Volcom/Carey
Jason Shibbata psyching on a good one at Backdoor that saw him advance to round 3. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
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