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A semi-comprehensive guide to the format, scoring and judging criteria in this years VPM. Photo by Trevor Moran.

Eyeball: The 60 Surfers In The 2023 Vans Pipe Masters 

Invitees include: John Florence, Carissa Moore, Russell Bierke, Shaun Manners, Bruno Santos, Bethany Hamilton + more. 

Words by Ethan Davis
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The Vans Pipe Masters is returning this year on December 8-20 and there’s a lot to be excited about. 

Similar to last year, 50% of the field will consist of a mix of Indigenous and non-indigenous Hawaii residents. You’ll see World Champs, CT surfers, previous Pipe Masters, Guinness World Record holders, freesurfers, aerialists, and local specialists.

Once again, the scoring will incentivise taking a progressive and unique approach — the format also facilitates that.

Let’s rip through it.


  • Up to 32 hours of competition run time based on ideal wave conditions
  • Situational Priority, condition-based priority for Finals
  • Four-person heats / Non-elimination leaderboard format
  • All surfers will compete three times, top three wave scores advancing four men and four women to the final
  • Finals will be four men and four women competing for their two best waves to be crowned 2023 Vans Pipe Masters


  • Judging will be focused on approach, progression and style.
  • In addition to critical barrel riding, Vans will be rewarding and celebrating aerial maneuvers and turns.
  • $420,000 Prize Purse (Prize parity across men and women)
  • Bag of Cash for daily standouts (best barrel of the day, best closeout, best air, best turn, etc.)
Balaram will be back to defend his title. Photo by Jimmy Wilson.


Moana Jones Wong, easy favourite if the waves are heaving. Photo by Brent Bielmann


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