Nineteen-year old Huelo, Maui resident Tom Dosland scored one for the Maui boys today in epic, eight-to-ten foot Pipeline. Dosland sealed his victory over Pancho Sullivan, Fred Patacchia, and Mikey Bruneau by way of a thick backdoor barrel and a massive, twisting and turning Pipe bomb that won him the 2004 Hansen’s Energy Pipe Pro presented by Billabong. In the closing minutes of the final, Dosland had the arduous task of sitting on Sullivan, who has won three events this season already, to prevent him from taking the lead. He was able to do that and also fend off a late charge by Bruneau, who with one of the best rides of the contest, nailed a perfect ten in the semis and almost took the final with a last minute surge but came up just short.
It was Dosland’s first win as a professional and a major stepping stone for the young man, who as one of the younger Volcom house residents takes his fair share of abuse and hazing from the crew—but not today. As he exited the water his surrogate older brothers, Tai Van Dyke and Kaleo Roberson, carried him up the beach and into the melee at the beachfront party pad.
For the second year in a row, a nineteen year old won the event (Jamie O’Brien won last year). This years’ event was upgraded to a four star W.Q.S. (World Qualifying Series) after Billabong became co-sponsor of the event and provided more money and their contest organizing skills.Also, for the second year in a row, the waves were phenomenal—perhaps the best swell of the season. The first day of competition started off with a building Northwest swell in the six-to-eight foot range yet was called off after the surf hit the fifteen foot mark and started to seriously concern contest organizers and water patrol chief Terry Ahue. Day two and three featured thick, slabbing tubes in the eight to ten foot range which provided contestants plenty of challenging and critical moments.
Winning the Todd Chesser award, which is given to the surfer who best epitomizes Chesser’s spirit of fearless charging combined with a role model like attitude, was Sunset Beach’s Marcus Hickman. Marcus absolutely blew up this winter—expect to see more from him in the near future.
Along with his $10,000 first place check, word on the beach had Volcom team manger Brad Dougherty promising Dosland, aka “Tom Grom”, that Volcom would match his first place purse if he were to win. The rest is history and a huge payout for a kid who a couple months ago on a TransWorld SURF Maui mission could only afford to put two bucks in his gas tank for a surf. He won’t have to worry about gas money for a while, but his victory speech could use some fine-tuning. “I’m baffled was all an elated Dosland could muster up after the ceremonial champagne dousing. Once he gained his composure Dosland has more to say, “I want to thank Volcom, H.G.A. (Hawai’i Grom Association), all my boys—I need a surfboard sponsor!
Congratulations to all competitors and thank you to Hansen’s, Billabong, Hawaiian Water Patrol, and everyone else involved, the 2004 Hansen’s Energy Pipe Pro was a comp to remember.
1. Tom Dosland $10,000
2. Mikey Bruneau $5000
3. Pancho Sullivan $3,000
4. Fred Patacchia $2,400
=5. Shaun Cansdell, Chris Ward $2,000
=7. Kamalei Alexander, Makua Rothman $1,000