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The Vans Pipe Masters heat draw is here. Let’s break down the must-watch matchups

news // Dec 8, 2022
Words by Holden Trnka
Reading Time: 3 minutes

The 2022 Vans Pipe Masters event window opens December 8-20th and you’ll be able to watch the live action and more at, and YouTube.

Last night, the official drawing for the 2022 Vans Pipe Masters heats went down, and seeing all these names jumbled up has us pretty excited.

I mean, what other contest would you have Rio Waida, Jamie O’Brien, and Rasta Robb in the same heat?

All the matchups are star-studded, but there are undoubtedly a few that stand out as significantly compelling.

Let’s talk about which ones we’re most looking forward to. If you don’t care for our opinion, then scroll past my frothed out rambling to the full heat list at the bottom.

Mens Heat #3

Holy expression session. How could it not be entertaining to watch Mason Ho, Ivan Florence, Mikey February, and Tosh Tudor in a heat? It’s actually incredible that four of the most stylish, unique characters in this draw are in the same heat together. Two goofies, two regulars, and a shit ton of swagger in the mix.

Hopefully, their heats will be an artful 3 part exposé composed of knock knees, chop-hop tubes, and buttery swoops under the curtain.

Mens Heat #5

Crosby Colapinto, Griffin Colapinto, Seth Moniz, and Kaulana Apo will face-off. CT talent, sibling rivalry, and a local underdog. Will Crosby and Griff hassle each other, or will they deepen their brotherly bond over the course of a couple hours at empty Pipeline?

Swear somebody should’ve made a movie about these guys.

Men’s Heat #7

First rule of Heat #7? Don’t talk about Heat #7. Eli Olson, Billy Kemper, Mikey Wright, and Eimeo Czermak might as well just paddle out and have a fistfight behind the boil.

Will be undeniably entertaining — maybe even more so if it’s small and it becomes a wave-catching contest.

Women’s Heat #1

Bethany Hamilton, Carissa Moore, Bela Nalu, and Tatiana Weston-Webb should be a deeply-competitive heat. With Ladybird Bella sandwhiched between three of the hardest charging CT-level gals in the world, it looks like a heat where everyone has something to prove. I’m definitely hoping Bethany finds more waves like that one she packed at the Backdoor shootout.

Women’s Heat #4

Heat 4 is a no-brainer, considering it features the queen of Pipeline — Moana Jones-Wong. Pua Desoto, Molly Picklum, and Sierra Kerr will be tasked with finding serviceable waves in between the ones Moana wants. Not an easy task, especially considering her notorious determination to eclipse all female competition — which we explored in our newest biopic ‘Wildcard’.

Mens Heat Draw:

Heat 1: Koa Smith, Robbie McCormick, Jamie O’Brien, Rio Waida

Heat 2: Kala Grace, Matt Meola, Nic Von Rupp, Riaru Ito

Heat 3: Ivan Florence, Mason Ho, Mikey February, Tosh Tudor

Heat 4: Shayden Pacarro, Makana Pang, Joao Chianca, Al Cleland

Heat 5: Crosby Colapinto, Griffin Colapinto, Seth Moniz, Kaulana Apo

Heat 6: Nathan Florence, Josh Moniz, Eithan Osborne, Harry Bryant

Heat 7: Eli Olson, Billy Kemper, Mikey Wright, Eimeo Czermak

Heat 8: Noah Beschen, Imaikalani Devault, Craig Anderson, Kauli Vaast

Heat 9: Eli Hanneman, Jackson Bunch, Yago Dora, Balaram Stack

Heat 10: Koa Rothman, Barron Mamiya, Shane Sykes, Noa Deane

Womens Heat Draw:

Heat 1: Bethany Hamilton, Carissa Moore, Bela Nalu, Tatiana Weston-Webb

Heat 2: Gabriela Bryan, Aelan Vaast, Zoe McDougall, Laura Enever

Heat 3: Brianna Cope, Bettylou Sakura Johnson, Caity Simmers, Tyler Wright

Heat 4: Pua Desoto, Molly Picklum, Moana Jones-Wong, Sierra Kerr

Heat 5: Coco Ho, Vahine Fierro, Luana Silva, Sophie Bell

Watch the live action and more at, and YouTube.


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