Despite some silky smooth surfing and all out pedal to the guts, Alex Gray bowed out in round 3—not before laying down this mean bottomturn though. Photobrent/SPL
Ian Walsh's wave of the day, and event (so far), a perfect 10. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Tyler Newton's Backdoor antics weren't enough to see him advance out of round 3. Still years ahead youngblood. Photobrent/SPL
Who better to describe Pipeline on day 2 of the 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro than Mr. Pipeline himself, Gerry Lopez: “Barely overhead Pipe. Classic, fun Pipeline. As fun as Pipeline can be.”
Ian Walsh dropped the first 10 of the whole event, racking in a straight $G for the Electric bonus. Considering he’s got 12 stitches in his foot from his machete while cleaning up his backyard on Sunday night, the proper Pipe left heaver was that much more impressive. As Ian described it: “I could see the set coming and [Mark] Healey and I were sitting pretty deep. I thought I might have gotten a little out in front of the ledge but I got into it. I got one big lucky pump without grabbing and it just stayed open and I came out.”
And that was the truth for a lot of barrels yesterday at the Banzai: they just stayed open and people came out.
Bruce Irons was calm and collected and probably didn't even break a sweat on this Backdoor drainer, taking second in his heat and advancing into the fourth round. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Makuakai Rothman was one of the standouts of the day on Wednesday—no surprise there really. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Bruce Irons and our very own Chris Cote made the call in the morning to run the event. Bruce was all giddy, you could tell he wanted to put on that jersey and head out to Pipe. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Ola Eleogram has taken his two heats with wide margins. Here he is with a quick 1-2 at Backdoor. Photobrent/SPL
Here's the 2 we mentioned... Photobrent/SPL
Mark Healey went down swinging yesterday at the hands of a last ditch attempt for a score, garnering him an interference call. Photobrent/SPL
A frothy one rumbles through Backdoor unridden. Photobrent/SPL
Timmy Reyes putting all he can to get around that section. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
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