Harry Bryant Stuffs 10-foot Foamball To Earn First 30-Point Ride At The Vans Pipe Masters
On a custom blade from a handshaper he met at a pub in South Australia.
“Never doubt Harry Bryant,” Makua Rothman said after watching the umpteenth replay of Hazza’s disappearing act over the Pipeline reef in the third round of the Vans Pipe Masters.
The score launched Harry from 13th to 5th place, just outside the top-four leaderboard. He had a few more cracks with most of the heat remaining to get a 12.6 (a 4.2), but ultimately couldn’t get over the hump and didn’t land a spot in the final.
He’s still pleased.
Funny backstory on Harry’s board: While on a surf trip in South Australia, Harry and Nathan Fletcher’s car broke down in the small rural town of Penong (population 280), forcing them to take shelter and hydrate in the town’s lone pub/hotel for three days. It was there that Harry met longtime surfer/handshaper Paul Gravelle, who literally has a shaping bay next door. Harry immediately purchased a used board and the connection was made. This board he rode to perfection on a 10-foot slab his heat was a 7’2 beefed-up custom, allowing him to scrape in early and hold his line on a nasty foamball.
“When I got this board I kinda felt like I was going to get the wave of my life on it sooner or later,” Harry said. “Didn’t think it was going to happen today, but the vision inside that tube was crazy. I can’t even really believe it happened.”
“I felt like I was in the barrel with him,” said Mikey February, who peeked into Harry’s tube from the shoulder. Oddly enough, Harry would have knocked Mikey out of the No. 4 slot if he’d found a backup score. “I was staring into his eyes. I thought he wasn’t going to make it, then he got spat out. I’m so stoked for him.”
Harry humbly accepted the praise from Nathan, Makua, and Keala Kennelly, alongside everyone he passed on the beach. After receiving a bag-o-cash for his efforts and a 12-pack of Fat Tire, he had one last word for the camera.
“It’s going to be a good afternoon.”
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