Weight: 165 lbs.
Hometown: Sunset Beach, Hawai’i
Sponsors: No Fear, Arnette, Carroll Surfboards, OAM, Xcel
Pipeline and an easygoing, relaxed attitude usually aren’t a recipe for success at the world-renowned break. Between the swarming crowds and the wave itself-which averages nearly one death per year-nice guys usually finish last.
Not so with Mikey Bruneau.
The lanky goofy-foot, who calls the North Shore of O’ahu home (but was born and raised in Kona on the Big Island), defied the nice-guys-can’t-win stereotype with a huge victory in the 2005 Pipe Masters Trials against the world’s best non-WCT surfers, and followed it up with a six-week stint in Indonesia, where he honed his tube-riding skills even further.
While not known as a small-wave groveler, Mikey can mix it up in the non-life-threatening conditions as well and will display his skills this summer at the U.S. Open and on the Japan leg of the WQS.
Until the next big Pipe swell, keep an eye out for Mikey Bruneau-he’ll be the one getting spit out of a big shack with an even bigger smile on his face.-Justin Cote