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Volcom Pipe Pro Day 1: Pipe Says Hello

The Volcom Pipe Pro webcast can be seen live right here.

It wasn’t until after contest organizers decided to postpone things for the start of the second round that Pipeline decided to do it’s thing, truly. The first round held some very wave starved heats, and a total heat score over 15 wasn’t achieved until the first heat of the second round. As North Shore lifeguard and Pipe regular Dave Wassel noted on the webcast, “You’ve got a swell starting to fill in, the wind went back offshore, and just notice how many more waves are coming in these more often coming sets. This is starting to be good Pipeline.”

Keito Matsuoka executing some flawless pigdogging at Pipe—too bad it couldn't get him through round 2 though. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Keito Matsuoka executing some flawless pigdogging at Pipe—too bad it couldn't get him through round 2 though. Photo: Volcom/Carey
North Shore lifeguard and Pipe charger Dave Wassel tried to navigate a drop that would have mere mortals quivering in fear. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
North Shore lifeguard and Pipe charger Dave Wassel tried to navigate a drop that would have mere mortals quivering in fear. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Despite taking a third place in the first heat of the day, Parker Coffin showed everyone that he wants it bad. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Despite taking a third place in the first heat of the day, Parker Coffin showed everyone that he wants it bad. Photo: Volcom/Carey
The scene for the 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro. Photo: Volcom/Carey
The scene for the 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro. Photo: Volcom/Carey

A few notes:

  • Anthony Walsh kicked things off quick in the second round, grabbing that first 15-point heat total.
  • The heat of the day included Pipe regulars Reef McIntosh and Kamalei Alexander, along with Brazilian Dennis Thiara and Moroccan Abdel El Harim. Thiara and Reef basically traded off on Pipe scorchers, dropping the two highest heat totals (17.40 and 17.27, respectively) and two highest single wave scores (9.90 and 9.77, respectively) of the day.
  • The round of 64 could start tomorrow, meaning all Pipe’s heavy hitters will be surfing heats when action starts next. With a holding swell into tomorrow, make sure to to tune into the Volcom Pipe Pro webcast live right here.

Gotta love any place where winter means you can see this sorta action on the beach. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Gotta love any place where winter means you can see this sorta action on the beach. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Alex Gray loves him some Backdoor. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Alex Gray loves him some Backdoor. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Charlie boy Carroll showing how to properly bottomturn at Backdoor. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Charlie boy Carroll showing how to properly bottomturn at Backdoor. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Pipe regular Sion Milosky took second in his round 1 heat (to Michael Ho) and awaits a round 2 match-up with Nils Schweizer, Nic Von Rupp, and Casey Brown. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Pipe regular Sion Milosky took second in his round 1 heat (to Michael Ho) and awaits a round 2 match-up with Nils Schweizer, Nic Von Rupp, and Casey Brown. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Hawaiian Love Hodel—it's not the biggest Pipe wave, but look how wide that barrel is. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Hawaiian Love Hodel—it's not the biggest Pipe wave, but look how wide that barrel is. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Volcom's own Alexander Gray (Alexander?) showing how to do a proper man's bottomturn into the pit at Pipe. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Volcom's own Alexander Gray (Alexander?) showing how to do a proper man's bottomturn into the pit at Pipe. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Reef McIntosh was easily one of the standouts of the day, putting up the second highest single wave and second highest heat total (9.77 and 17.27, respectively). Photo: Volcom/Carey
Reef McIntosh was easily one of the standouts of the day, putting up the second highest single wave and second highest heat total (9.77 and 17.27, respectively). Photo: Volcom/Carey
Jason Shibbata psyching on a good one at Backdoor that saw him advance to round 3. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Jason Shibbata psyching on a good one at Backdoor that saw him advance to round 3. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

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Paying the piper at Pipe. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Paying the piper at Pipe. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Dane Gudauskas tied Angelo Lozano in their round 2 heat for first place (though Angelo took first due to the highest single wave score). Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Dane Gudauskas tied Angelo Lozano in their round 2 heat for first place (though Angelo took first due to the highest single wave score). Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Bretty Barley going for broke, and coming up with a broken board. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Bretty Barley going for broke, and coming up with a broken board. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
South African Damien "Dooma" Farhrenfort grabbing rail to a round 2 heat victory. Photo: Volcom/Carey
South African Damien "Dooma" Farhrenfort grabbing rail to a round 2 heat victory. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Aamion Goodwin is on to the third round after a first and a second in rounds 1 and 2 yesterday, respectively. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Aamion Goodwin is on to the third round after a first and a second in rounds 1 and 2 yesterday, respectively. Photo: Volcom/Carey
North Carolina's Brett "Gnarly" Barley won't be putting up a run like last year (when he made the semis) after losing out in round 2. Photo: Volcom/Carey
North Carolina's Brett "Gnarly" Barley won't be putting up a run like last year (when he made the semis) after losing out in round 2. Photo: Volcom/Carey
It's all about the setup turn at Pipe. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
It's all about the setup turn at Pipe. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Pipe heavy Kamalei Alexander. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Pipe heavy Kamalei Alexander. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Weeeeeeee!!!! Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Weeeeeeee!!!! Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Pipe offered the goods on Tuesday. Photo: Volcom/Carey
Pipe offered the goods on Tuesday. Photo: Volcom/Carey
From the water, the infamous Lopez Pipe house. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
From the water, the infamous Lopez Pipe house. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Head to the next page for the official press release.

The scene for the 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro. Photo: Volcom/Carey
The scene for the 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro. Photo: Volcom/Carey

Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, HAWAII – January 25, 2011Continuing a week straight of power-packing surf on Oahu's North Shore, the lineup for day one of the Volcom Pipe Pro consisted of severely stressed surfboards and wave-battered competitors ready to do it all again. By day's end, more than a dozen surfboards were interred into the Banzai surfboard graveyard and an unheard of Brazilian stole the show in his debut event. The Volcom Pipe Pro is a $120,000 5 star ASP rated event, held today in wave  heights of up to 15 feet (wave face value).

This event is famous for launching names onto the global surf radar. Several years back it was Australian charger Mark Mathews; last year it was North Carolina surfer Brett "gnarly" Barley. Today belonged to Dennis Tihara, a 25-year-old from Bahia, Brazil, who posted the highest heat score of the day: 17.4 points out of 20.

Tihara has surfed Pipe before, but has never competed here. He was a young man possessed as he systematically found his way into the best barrels of the day, edging past top shelf local Pipeline talent the likes of Kamalei Alexander and Reef McIntosh. Tihara emerged after two back-to-back, deep tuberides with scores of 7.5 and 9.9, each out of a possible 10. Credit to McIntosh, his final scoreline was right on Tihara's heels: 17.27 points.

"I'm surprised!" said Tihara. "I made a 10 point ride in Puerto Escondido (Mexico) last month, so I wanted to make that happen again here at Pipeline because this is such a good wave. It's my first time competing here. I just came here three times before, now it's my first contest, so I really want to make good of the heats."

Australian Anthony Walsh (Lennox Head) was the lone Australian to make it through the early round action today that saw Sydney's Mark Mathews surprisingly bundled out. Walsh advanced to the third round where higher seeds Heath Joske and Dean Morrison will enter the fray. Morrison was happy to get a day off after injuring his hip surfing Pipe yesterday.

Walsh's best wave made it into the day's top three: a 9.3 for a long, clean exit barrel. He was happy with the result given that it came with a borrowed surfboard.

"I snapped all of my boards this past week," said Walsh, 27, through a lip busted by one of his snapped surfboards. "I had really good boards from Gunther Rohn but then I go and break them all, so thankfully I was able to borrow a board from Tokoro.

"A lot of Aussies come here over the winter and everyone loves these waves. To come here and get barreled when it's crappy summer surf at home feels good. For me, I'm just doing the events I like to keep my (ratings) points up so I can do events like this. My main goal is to win this and qualify to get into the Pipe Masters. I've been coming here for about 12 years. The very first surf I had here was about 12-foot and I was hooked ever since."

Other standouts today included Gabriel Villaran (Peru), Angelo Lozano (Mexico), Dane Gudauskas (San Clemente, CA), Alex Gray (CA), and Jesse Merle-Jones (Hawaii). Entering the draw in the next round will be former Pipe master Bruce Irons and defending event champion Jamie O'Brien, both from Hawaii.

The swell is forecast to hold into tomorrow and organizers will assess the conditions at 7am for a possible 8am start.

The Volcom Pipe Pro is being broadcast live on the internet as well as live around Hawaii on Oceanic Time Warner Cable digital channels 250 & 1250HD. A full report and VNR will be available at the end of today's action.

An Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 5-star international event, the Volcom Pipe Pro will be held on the three biggest and best days of surf between January 24 and February 5, 2011.

The 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro has partnered with Surfline.com as the official contest forecaster, along with Electric Visual, TransWorld SURF, and Fuel TV.

The Volcom Pipe Pro webcast can be seen live right here.

RESULTS:

Round 1. 1st & 2nd advance. 3rd=97th; 4th=105th

H1: Keito Matsuoka (JPN); Kaimana Jaquias (HI); Parker Coffin (USA); Landon McNamara (HI)
H2: Ezra Sitt (HI); Reef McIntosh (HI); Nick Vasicek (AUS); Cheyne Willis (HI)
H3: Keanu Asing (HI); Love Hodel (HI); Naohisa Ogawa (JPN); Tanner Hendrickson (USA)
H4: Brett Barley (USA); Alexander Gray (USA); Takayuki Wakita (JPN); Edrick Baldwin (HI)
H5: Aamion Goodwin (HI); Ezekiel Lau (HI); Kawai Lindo (HI); Charlie Carroll (HI)
H6: Derek Ho (HI); Sion Milosky (HI); Dylan Southworth (MEX); Dylan Goodale (HI)
H7: Jonah Morgan (HI); Mark Healey (HI); Gavin Beschen (USA); David Giddings (USA)
H8: Matthew Bromley (ZAF); Stephen Koehne (HI); Kaupena Miranda (HI); David Wassel (HI)

Round 2. 1st & 2nd advance. 3rd=65th; 4th=81st

H1: Anthony Walsh (AUS); Solomon Ortiz (HI); Matt Pagan (USA); Keito Matsuoka (JPN)
H2: Gabriel Villaran (PER); Brad Ettinger (USA); Mark Mathews (AUS); Kaimana Jaquias (HI)
H3: Cory Arrambide (USA); Jason Shibata (HI); Oliver Kurtz (USA); Ezra Sitt (HI)
H4: Dennis Tihara (BRZ); Reef McIntosh (HI); Kamalei Alexander (HI); Abdel El Harim (MAR)
H5: Angelo Lozano (MEX); Dane Gudauskas (USA); Keanu Asing (HI); Gavin Gillette (HI)
H6: Jesse Merle-Jones (HI); Dimitri Ouvre; Kolohe Andino (USA); Love Hodel (HI)
H7: Damien Fahrenfort (ZAF); Tyler Newton (HI); Brett Barley (USA); Ryan Arthur (USA)
H8: Alexander Gray (USA); Danny Fuller (HI); Hank Gaskell (HI); David Rutherford (MEX)
H9: Ricky Whitlock (USA); Aamion Goodwin (HI); Myles Padaca (HI); Alex Smith (HI)