Reef Riders Part of Pipeline HistoryRob Machado Defeats Michael Lowe in Perfect Pipe Conditions
San Diego, CA (December 18, 2000)-Reef, a leading footwear company in theaction sports industry, congratulates Rob Machado(USA) and MichaelLowe(AUS)in their first and second place finishings in the 30th anniversaryMountain Dew Gerry Lopez Pipeline Masters.
[IMAGE 1]Machado had a dramatic day by pulling off a third round win in the last tenseconds of his heat and advancing by a small margin to defeat BrazilianPeterson Rosa. He later went on to defeat Hawaiian Andy Irons in hissemi-final.
Lowe surfed an incredible series of heats and received a perfect ten in hisquarter-final heat against Hawaiian Shane Dorian. Lowie was on fire andgained the momentum needed to carry him straight into the semi’s and then tothe final.
During the final, Lowe began the heat with an incredible wave and then laterhad two heavy wipeouts. “Out at Pipe when you wipeout on a ten foot wave itreally takes it’s toll.”
Machado, as he did through most of his heats the final day, waited patientlyfor set waves and took advantage of the perfect conditions. His patiencepaid off and Rob scored a perfect ten to seal his first ever Pipemastersvictory.
Friends grabbed Machado from the water and hoisted him for the victory marchto the awards podium. An emotional Rob Machado stated during his acceptancespeech,”This is a dream…somebody pinch me.”
The Pipemasters made history in 2000 as the contest had never been run inthree consecutive days of perfect Pipe conditions. The waves were clean8-12 foot (3-4m)with offshore winds and not a cloud was in the sky. Not abad way to end the 2000 WCT season.
Official Results of Mountain Dew Pipe Masters Final Day (Taken fromwww.ASPlive.com)
1st Rob Machado (USA) 26.70 – US$15,000
2nd Michael Lowe (Aus) 19.75 – US$8,000
Semifinals (2nd place = equal 3rd and US$4,000)
SF1: Rob Machado (USA) 20.50 def. Renan Rocha (Brz) 17.90
SF2: Michael Lowe (Aus) 18.35 def. Bruce Irons (Haw) 16.25
Quarterfinals (2nd place = equal 5th and US$3,000)
QF1: Rob Machado (USA) 27.60 def. Andy Irons (Haw) 19.85
QF2: Renan Rocha (Brz) 21.00 def. Guilherme Herdy (Brz) 12.85
QF3: Bruce Irons (Haw) 26.75 def. Kalani Robb (Haw) 11.50
QF4: Michael Lowe (Aus) 23.25 def. Shane Dorian (Haw) 21.90
Round Three (2nd place = equal 9th and US$2,300)
H1: Rob Machado (USA) 16.80 def. Peterson Rosa (Brz) 16.65
H2: Andy Irons (Haw) 25.15def. Kelly Slater (USA) 21.75
H3: Guilherme Herdy (Brz) 18.50 def. Cory Lopez (USA) 15.40
H4: Renan Rocha (Brz) 22.95 def. Pancho Sullivan (Haw) 12.35
H5: Bruce Irons (Haw) 19.90 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 19.65
H6: Kalani Robb (Haw) 18.75 def. Nathan Webster (Aus) 12.65
H7: Shane Dorian (Haw) 22.50 def. Beau Emerton (Aus) 16.50
H8: Michael Lowe (Aus) 24.50 def. Glyndyn Ringrose (Aus) 22.45
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