Gallery: Day one of the Volcom Pipe Pro was fire
All photos by Ben Reed “I want to win this contest,” said Bruce Irons today. “I want to win again out here. I want to win the Pipe Masters. I want to get in the Pipe Masters. I want to win, period, and out here is the place I want to do it. That’s why I’m […]
All photos by Ben Reed
“I want to win this contest,” said Bruce Irons today. “I want to win again out here. I want to win the Pipe Masters. I want to get in the Pipe Masters. I want to win, period, and out here is the place I want to do it. That’s why I’m here.”
The words followed a special 40-minute wildcard heat at the Volcom Pipe Pro today, which also featured Makua Rothman, Derek Ho, Alex Gray and more. It was 10 to 15 foot in the morning, groomed and peachy. And everyone made the most of it. The specialty heat would put the winner straight into round three – a joy Bruce will now make the most of. Bruce took off on one particular wave, swinging right into a Backdoor cave which you should certainly watch in Heats On Demand. Nine points, thanks. And, highest scoring wave of the day.
“Pipeline has been my favorite wave since I was a young kid growing up,” said Bruce. “Something about this wave is amazing. It’s a mesmerising wave. I love it. I liked the one-wave format (of the one-off wildcard heat). You’re out there with a bunch of friends and you just want to get the best wave. All or nothing. Balls to the wall. I like it.”
An onshore wind blew out the day’s fun, but it’ll pick back up tomorrow, and more importantly, the approaching rounds will feature the likes of Kelly Slater, John John Florence and more Do. Not. Miss.
H1: K David (HAW) 11.07, E Lau (HAW) 10.97, A Kato (JPN) 5.9, E Stewart (HAW) 5.47
H2: E Valiere (HAW) 11.5, C Arrambide (USA) 9.57, P Sullivan (HAW) 7.0, T Wakita (HAW) 2.6
H3: H Bettero (BRA) 13.76, S Murakami (JPN) 11.03, A Toyon (FRA) 5.96, M McNamara (HAW) 5.77
H4: N Florence (HAW) 11.7, G Gillette (HAW) 6.37, K Chapman (HAW) 5.0, K Ohashi (JPN) 4.07
H1: E Stewart (HAW) 8.7, T Wakita (HAW) 7.77; S Pacarro (HAW) 5.0; K Bacalso (HAW) 2.93
H2: M McNamara (HAW) 12.5, N Florence (HAW) 9.83, T Dosland (HAW) 3.4, D O’Connell (HAW) 2.43
H3: J O’Brien (HAW) 13.27, M Bruneau (HAW) 10.73, K Rothman (HAW) 6.8, E Olson (HAW) 4.83
H4: O Eleogram (HAW) 9.5, L McNamara (HAW) 6.93, E Baldwin (HAW) 4.6, C Foster (HAW) 4.23
H5: I Gentil (HAW) 10.6, K Alexander (HAW) 7.9, I Devault (HAW) 6.77, L Hodel (HAW) 3.17
H6: R McIntosh (HAW) 14.4, K Oliveira (HAW) 8.27, I Moniz (HAW) 3.3, J Sadoy (HAW) 1.23
H7: K Smith (HAW) 9.23, L Shepardson (HAW) 7.93, D Kowalski (USA) 6.13, N Mizuno (HAW) 5.97
H8: K Cazimero (HAW) 12.6, M Padaca (HAW) 7.37, K Yamakawa (HAW) 6.1, K Daly (HAW) 4.7
Volcom Wildcard Heat Winner: Bruce Irons (HAW) 9.0 top ride. Into Round 3
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