Triple Crown Story and Results

This year’s Pipe Masters was like some crazy dream. If you were one of the lucky 100 or so people relaxing on the beach on the days of the quarters through the finals, you saw the unbelievable-giant second-reef Pipeline pushing left and just exploding on the first reef.Everyone in the event was pushing surfing to the next level by hurling themselves deeper, later, and more committed than ever before. The big story was Rob Machado, who effortlessly slipped in and out of some of the most heinous-looking barrels of all time. Rob was possessed by the spirit of Gerry Lopez as he soul-arched and cruised his way to a well-earned victory.-C.C.

Our Hawai’ian Editor Pete Johnson caught up with Rob the night after the event-he was still in shock.

Callouts”I never claim waves. I taught myself never to do it. I got myself in trouble by claiming a wave at Seaside Reef in San Diego when I was about fourteen years old. I think I claimed like a two-foot barrel.”

“I think it starts a weird flow to the heat if you hassle. I’d rather let the guy get out of the way, and then you have priority-you can just do your thing.”

“I talked to them Rob’s parents right before I went on stage for the awards. They said they were doing laps around the house, screaming, and dogpiling in the middle of the living room.”

How happy were you after winning the Pipe Masters? What did you do to celebrate?It was definitely a highlight in my life. It was the best and biggest contest I’ve ever won. It felt really good, especially when all my friends came down and carried me up from the beach. It’s probably something I’ll never forget for the rest of my life. And to celebrate, I just took all the boys down to Haleiwa Joe’s and had a big feast-a big celebration.

What was your heat like with Andy Irons? Was there any hassling going on?No, no. I’m friends with Andy. We flipped a coin to see who would get the first wave to eliminate any hassling, and he won the flip. That was the biggest heat of the contest for me. That was my highest-scoring heat. Well, you know, Andy Irons is nuts out there-he charges, gets barreled laughter, so you have to go out there and go for good waves against him. Somebody was taking care of me and gave me some gems.

How was your semifinal heat?That heat was a little strange-it was really weird. In some heats, you’d watch a lot of good nonstop waves, but in that heat, I barely caught three waves. A north set came in, and then a set shifted from Off The Wall, and there really weren’t a lot of waves focusing at Pipeline.I just got out there, stuck to my game plan, and was super patient. He caught a lot of waves when I had priority. I let waves go by that were only fours and fives. Patience paid off, and in the end I got a good wave with only a few minutes to go-that pretty much sealed it.

What about the finals with Mick Lowe?Mick’s crazy-he charges. We were both really stoked because both of us were first-time finalists at Pipeline. It was a good heat all the way to the end, and definitely the most memorable part of the contest for me was catching that last wave and getting a ten.

After you got a perfect ten, you sort of claimed it laughter. I’ve never seen you claim a wave. Was that just an expression of joy?Laughing There was so much adrenaline. My body was so tired after surfing all day, but I had all this energy, and I was kicking and paddling so fast. Larry Haynes came up to me with a camera and I grabbed him and just started dunking him under water. I couldn’t believe it. It was unbelievable laughter!And yeah, I never claim waves. I taught myself never to do it. I got myself in trouble by claiming a wave at Seaside Reef in San Diego when I was about fourteen years old. I think I claimed like a two-foot barrel. I thought it was super gnarly, and I got crap for it. But out at Pipe, I don’t know-I just had to do it.

Where were your parents watching the contest from?Th were actually all at my brother’s house in California watching it online. I could just imagine six or seven people crowded around a computer laughter. I talked to them right before I went on stage for the awards. They said they were doing laps around the house, screaming, and dogpiling in the middle of the living room laughter. You could just imagine the chaos-I wish I had a video of them.

I noticed at the start of your last few heats, you were giving your opponents the priority position. What was up with that?With both Keith Malloy and Andy Irons, we flipped a coin before our heats to see who’d get priority. They both won the coin toss, and both of those heats turned out to be really high-scoring heats for me. So I kind of just went-I don’t mind chilling and letting the guy get out of the way.There’s always a weird vibe at the start of big heats. No one has priority-you could paddle the guy deep and hassle. I think it starts a weird flow to the heat if you hassle. I’d rather let the guy get out of the way, and then you have priority-you can just do your thing.

Do you ever get mad? And if you do, what makes you mad?Laughing I get mad occasionally-when I get trapped at the mall and the waves are really good. It’s more like frustration. I try to keep it under control.

What’s your favorite thing about Rob Machado?

Ross Williams”He’s so stylish with his surfing. Most surfers are trying to get radical, while Rob’s retro and super stylish. Always humble in the water and on land. Such a fresh outlook.”

Patou Machado:”He makes me laugh-he’s so funny. And physically, I like his eyes.”

Timmy Curran:”He’s just one of those great people.”

Dan Malloy:”My favorite thing about Rob Machado is his style, and I’m not just talking about his surfing.”

Kelly Slater:”He’s just so cruisy all the time. I’d actually like to see what Rob’s like when he’s mad. It was cool to see him at the Pipe Masters, all emotional.”

What was the best thing you saw at this year’s Pipe Masters?

Kelly Slater:”That’s easy. Michael Ho switchfoot on a nine-foot single fin getting barreled, almost making it out of a ten-foot wave.”

++++ TRIPLE CROWN RESULTS ++++

Results Of The G-Shock Hawai’ian Pro At Ali’i Beach Park, Haleiwa, Hawai’i:

1. Sunny Garcia
2. Kaipo Jaquias
3. Brian Pacheco
4. Kalani Robb
5. (tie) Paul Canning, Dan Malloy
7. (tie) Ryan Simmons, Taylor Knox

Results Of The Rip Curl Cup At Sunset Beach, Hawai’i:

1. Sunny Garcia
2. Tiago Pires
3. Andy Irons
4. Zane Harrison
5. (tie) Paul Canning, Kaipo Jaquias
7. (tie) Cory Lopez, Sasha Stocker

Official Results Of The 2000 Mountain Dew Pipe Masters:

1. Rob Machado
2. Michael Lowe
3. (tie) Renan Rocha, Bruce Irons
5. (tie) Andy Irons, Guilherme Herdy, Kalani Robb, Shane Dorian

Final Triple Crown Ratings:

1. Garcia, Sunny Hawai’i 2,400
2. Robb, Kalani Hawai’i 1,780
3. Jaquias, Kaipo Hawai’i 1,640
4. Rocha, Renan Brazil 1,630
5. Canning, Paul S. Africa 1,620
6. Irons, Andy Hawai’i 1,580
7. Lowe, Michael Australia 1,540
8. Pires, Tiago Portugal 1,450
9. Knox, Taylor USA 1,275
10. Hobgood, Damien USA 1,260

Final WCT Ratings For The 2000 Season:

1. Garcia, Sunny Hawai’i 7,270
2. Egan, Luke Aus 6,300
3. Machado, Rob USA 6,210
4. Dorian, Shane Hawai’i 6,090
5. Paterson, Jake Aus 6,050
6. Burrow, Taj Aus 5,790
7. Hobgood, C.J. USA 5,660
8. Campbell, Michael Aus 5,630
9. Robb, Kalani Hawai’i 5,540
10. Padaratz, Flavio Brazil 5,510
11. Lopez, Shea USA 5,390
12. Herdy, Guilherme Brazil 5,300
13. Lowe, Michael Aus 5,180
14. Lopez, Cory USA 5,170
15. Webster, Nathan Aus 5,170
16. Irons, Andy Hawa’ii 4,910
17. Hitchings, Luke Aus 4,890
18. Rosa, Peterson Brazil 4,870
19. Rocha, Renan Brazil 4,840
20. Occhilupo, Mark Aus 4,780
21. Daltro, Armando Brazil 4,650
22. Lovett, Richard Aus 4,640
23. Powell, Shane Aus 4,640
24. Gouveia, Fabio Brazil 4,560
25. Hobgood, Damien USA 4,560
26. Beschen, Shane USA 4,410
27. Padaratz, Neco Brazil 4,330
28. Knox, Taylor USA 4,310
29. Emerton, Beau Aus 4,290
30. Wills, Daniel Aus 4,210
31. Curran, Tim USA 4,130
32. Ribas, Victor Brazil 3,980
33. Prestage, Todd Aus 3,980
34. Williams, Ross Hawai’i 3,880
35. Hayes, Conan Hawai’i 3,670
36. Bourgeois, Ben USA 3,560
37. Emslie, Greg S. Africa 3,520
38. Sutton, Shawn Hawai’i 3,520
39. Sodre, Yuri Brazil 3,460
40. O’Connell, Pat USA 3,400
41. Canning, Paul S. Africa 3,400
42. Ringrose, Glyndyn Aus 3,340
43. Malloy, Keith USA 3,200
44. Winter, Russell G.Britain 3,080
45. Martin, Toby Aus 2,820

The Following Are The New Seeds For The 2001 WCT Season:

1. Garcia, Sunny Hawai’i
2. Egan, Luke Aus
3. Machado, Rob USA
4. Dorian, Shane Hawai’i
5. Paterson, Jake Aus
6. Burrow, Taj Aus
7. Hobgood, C.J. USA
8. Campbell, Michael Aus
9. Robb, Kalani Hawai’i
10. Padaratz, Flavio Brazil
11. Lopez, Shea USA
12. Herdy, Guilherme Brazil
13. Lowe, Michael Aus
14. Lopez, Cory USA
15. Webster, Nathan Aus
16. Irons, Andy Hawai’i
17. Hitchings, Luke Aus
18. Rosa, Peterson Brazil
19. Rocha, Renan Brazil
20. Occhilupo, Mark Aus
21. Daltro, Armando Brazil
22. Lovett, Richard Aus
23. Powell, Shane Aus
24. Gouveia, Fabio Brazil
25. Hobgood, Damien USA
26. Beschen, Shane USA
27. Padaratz, Neco Brazil
28. Knox, Taylor USA
29. Wills, Daniel Aus
30. Bourgeois, Ben USA
31. Emslie, Greg S. Africa
32. Sutton, Shawn Hawai’i
33. O’Connell, Pat USA
34. Canning, Paul S. Africa
35. Winter, Russell G. Britain
36. Nunes, Marcelo Brazil
37. Parkinson, Joel Aus
38. Davidson, Chris Aus
39. Stocker, Sasha Aus
40. Hedge, Nathan Aus
41. Munro, Trent Aus
42. Bannister, Mark Aus
43. Moura, Paulo Brazil
44. Junior, Joca Brazil
45. Dornelles, Rodrigo Brazil
me Brazil 5,300
13. Lowe, Michael Aus 5,180
14. Lopez, Cory USA 5,170
15. Webster, Nathan Aus 5,170
16. Irons, Andy Hawa’ii 4,910
17. Hitchings, Luke Aus 4,890
18. Rosa, Peterson Brazil 4,870
19. Rocha, Renan Brazil 4,840
20. Occhilupo, Mark Aus 4,780
21. Daltro, Armando Brazil 4,650
22. Lovett, Richard Aus 4,640
23. Powell, Shane Aus 4,640
24. Gouveia, Fabio Brazil 4,560
25. Hobgood, Damien USA 4,560
26. Beschen, Shane USA 4,410
27. Padaratz, Neco Brazil 4,330
28. Knox, Taylor USA 4,310
29. Emerton, Beau Aus 4,290
30. Wills, Daniel Aus 4,210
31. Curran, Tim USA 4,130
32. Ribas, Victor Brazil 3,980
33. Prestage, Todd Aus 3,980
34. Williams, Ross Hawai’i 3,880
35. Hayes, Conan Hawai’i 3,670
36. Bourgeois, Ben USA 3,560
37. Emslie, Greg S. Africa 3,520
38. Sutton, Shawn Hawai’i 3,520
39. Sodre, Yuri Brazil 3,460
40. O’Connell, Pat USA 3,400
41. Canning, Paul S. Africa 3,400
42. Ringrose, Glyndyn Aus 3,340
43. Malloy, Keith USA 3,200
44. Winter, Russell G.Britain 3,080
45. Martin, Toby Aus 2,820

The Following Are The New Seeds For The 2001 WCT Season:

1. Garcia, Sunny Hawai’i
2. Egan, Luke Aus
3. Machado, Rob USA
4. Dorian, Shane Hawai’i
5. Paterson, Jake Aus
6. Burrow, Taj Aus
7. Hobgood, C.J. USA
8. Campbell, Michael Aus
9. Robb, Kalani Hawai’i
10. Padaratz, Flavio Brazil
11. Lopez, Shea USA
12. Herdy, Guilherme Brazil
13. Lowe, Michael Aus
14. Lopez, Cory USA
15. Webster, Nathan Aus
16. Irons, Andy Hawai’i
17. Hitchings, Luke Aus
18. Rosa, Peterson Brazil
19. Rocha, Renan Brazil
20. Occhilupo, Mark Aus
21. Daltro, Armando Brazil
22. Lovett, Richard Aus
23. Powell, Shane Aus
24. Gouveia, Fabio Brazil
25. Hobgood, Damien USA
26. Beschen, Shane USA
27. Padaratz, Neco Brazil
28. Knox, Taylor USA
29. Wills, Daniel Aus
30. Bourgeois, Ben USA
31. Emslie, Greg S. Africa
32. Sutton, Shawn Hawai’i
33. O’Connell, Pat USA
34. Canning, Paul S. Africa
35. Winter, Russell G. Britain
36. Nunes, Marcelo Brazil
37. Parkinson, Joel Aus
38. Davidson, Chris Aus
39. Stocker, Sasha Aus
40. Hedge, Nathan Aus
41. Munro, Trent Aus
42. Bannister, Mark Aus
43. Moura, Paulo Brazil
44. Junior, Joca Brazil
45. Dornelles, Rodrigo Brazil