Here's some more photos from the madness that is the Volcom House during the Pipe Masters. I tried to capture how out of control it was by just taking pictures of the radomness, no posed shit.
The photo above is party people during the Final, one of whom is Andy Irons. The ones below are: Bruce and Kala showing support, Stretch and others at the Quiksilver house during the Final, and some girl trying to climb the railing.
Oh yeah, I got a surprise for you. Some sick shit is about to go down, but I can't tell you what, when or where, it's a secret. OK I can tell you where, the North Shore, but what and when I have to keep a secret. It's going to be fucking rad, I can't wait.
Alright, so I'm checking in a litte late today, it was a blurry day and a really blurry night for me. I guess Slates still has his pact with the Devil, and he made it obvious yesterday. The magic number was six three times. As in six Pipe Masters titles, six WCT wins this year, and he made it all happen on a six foot board. Ok, I rounded up, it was a 5'11", I was just trying so hard to find a third six and just couldn't.
In some dirty, dirty 8 to 10 foot waves (the water turns brown here when it rains a lot because of all the runoff) Kelly Slater took out Chris Ward on that 5'11" at solid Pipe. Ward surfed great all day making heats against last year's Pipe Masters and Triple Crown winner, Bede Durbidge, and two years ago's Pipe and Triple Crown champ, Andy Irons. If he would have won, he would of also won the Triple Crown, and been this year's Pipe and Triple Crown champ. Slater was just too much in the Final though, posting a prefect 10 and a 9 something.
Ward, told me after the contest at the new Volcom house, that Kelly just got that one good one, and that he passed on couple at the beginning that he should have gone on. He said he got a "taste," and now he's more motivated than ever.
I think the best part of the event was watching Darren Crawford's amazing dance skills, during the disco dance session at the new Volcom house, which got going after Valient Thorr wrapped up their show at the old Volcom house. Stay tuned for pictures of the Thorr guys rocking the house.
Check out the photo above of the view from the Volcom house and shots below of: Slater doing a pre-final interview, Kala and Bruce showing their support for Kamalei, who made a pretty good run, and Andy Irons letting loose and watching the Final.
Kelly Slater popped his head out for the second time this winter for his first heat in Pipe Masters. He had showed up for the opening ceremony of the Eddie, but as soon as it was over he and Andy Irons flew to the Caroline Islands. Now that's what the non-islander people have been calling this island chain, but us in know, know that it's Micronesia and more specically Pohnpei. Yup, I'm gonna spill the beans, that wave is called P Pass because it's off the coast of Pohnpei.
Back to Slater Mania. Slates surfed against North Shore local, Ezra Sitt, and was able to advance with a couple good Backdoor waves. Then the madness began hundreds of people crowded the competitor area wanting photos, autoraphs, or to just simply touch the Niner. Wait, that sounds weird, The 9X Champ.
Here's some photos of the frenzy all taken by MORINformed.
Boards, traction pads, boardshorts, and now this, the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid Irons Edition. The brothers Irons' have it all, and have it all built for them. What's next? Maybe, a set of Bruce Irons golf clubs. You know like, 7 Irons, 8 Irons, 9 Irons.
Check out more photos of the truck below, and one of the ways all us none mega surf stars get around on the North Shore, good old fashion hitchhiking.
In an interview with Surfline's Lewis Samuels, Andy Irons answers some of the questions everyone has been asking.
Right on A.I. You know I support you, do what you want, live life, who cares what those little gossip kooks are saying. Click here for the full interview.