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Volcom Pipe Pro Day 2: Classic, Fun Pipe

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A frothy one rumbles through Backdoor unridden. Photobrent/SPL
Timmy Reyes putting all he can to get around that section. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Timmy Reyes putting all he can to get around that section. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

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

Check out all the action from day 1 right here.

Head to the next page for the rest of the photos.

Alex Gray showing off that style again. Photobrent/SPL
Alex Gray showing off that style again. Photobrent/SPL
Damo Hobgood slotted. Photobrent/SPL
Damo Hobgood slotted. Photobrent/SPL
Look out below! Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Look out below! Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Chris Ward is no stranger to Backdoor. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Chris Ward is no stranger to Backdoor. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Not sure that's the best view to be watching a Pipe contest from, but hey, whatever floats your boat. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Not sure that's the best view to be watching a Pipe contest from, but hey, whatever floats your boat. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Archy in the foreground appreciating his beloved Backdoor. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Archy in the foreground appreciating his beloved Backdoor. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Luke Davis giving his best PT impersonation. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Luke Davis giving his best PT impersonation. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Kalani Chapman made this Backdoor pigdog look effortless. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Kalani Chapman made this Backdoor pigdog look effortless. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Gotta commit to that drop. Photobrent/SPL
Gotta commit to that drop. Photobrent/SPL
Alex Gray on a little 1-2 pump at Pipe. Photobrent/SPL
Alex Gray on a little 1-2 pump at Pipe. Photobrent/SPL
A. Gray post-pump, no hands. Photobrent/SPL
A. Gray post-pump, no hands. Photobrent/SPL
Bruce Irons snugging into this Bacdoor womb. Photobrent/SPL
Bruce Irons snugging into this Bacdoor womb. Photobrent/SPL

Head to the next page for the last of the photos and the official press release.

Pipe standout Sion Milosky showing off his backside barrel skills. Though he got taken out yesterday his consolation prize is the newest cover of TransWorld SURF. Congrats Sion! Photobrent/SPL
Pipe standout Sion Milosky showing off his backside barrel skills. Though he got taken out yesterday his consolation prize is the newest cover of TransWorld SURF. Congrats Sion! Photobrent/SPL
Freddy P. and Bruce heading out. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Freddy P. and Bruce heading out. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Two of the masterminds behind the Volcom Pipe Pro: Brad Dougherty and Mike Guarino. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Two of the masterminds behind the Volcom Pipe Pro: Brad Dougherty and Mike Guarino. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Through the slot. Photobrent/SPL
Through the slot. Photobrent/SPL
Wardo letting loose. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Wardo letting loose. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
New Jersey's Mike Gleason opting for warm water barrels at the moment instead of snowcapped ones back at home. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
New Jersey's Mike Gleason opting for warm water barrels at the moment instead of snowcapped ones back at home. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
The infamous Lopez Pipe house. Photobrent/SPL
The infamous Lopez Pipe house. Photobrent/SPL
Kalani Chapman seems like he enjoyed the event yesterday, but we have a feeling he wishes it were bigger. Photobrent/SPL
Kalani Chapman seems like he enjoyed the event yesterday, but we have a feeling he wishes it were bigger. Photobrent/SPL
Aussie Anthony Walsh bowed out yesterday despite this soupy Backdoor runner. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Aussie Anthony Walsh bowed out yesterday despite this soupy Backdoor runner. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Kolohe Andino getting familiar with Backdoor. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Kolohe Andino getting familiar with Backdoor. Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Yeah Kolohe, that'll happen out at Backdoor and Pipe... Photo: Bielmann/SPL
Yeah Kolohe, that'll happen out at Backdoor and Pipe... Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, HAWAII – January 26, 2011With a perfect 10 from Ian Walsh, and a dose of trademark Bruce Irons brilliance to reinvigorate the local drive, the Hawaiian contingent at the Volcom Pipe Pro tapped into a rhythm all their own today. As defending event champion Jamie O’Brien prepares to make his first appearance here tomorrow, the local barrel-riding force is gaining momentum right in time for the final day.

In excellent 8-foot surf, eight of the top 10 scoring tubes today were laid down by Hawaii surfers, including the 10 and an 8.27 from Maui’s Ian Walsh, and a stand-alone 9-point ride from Irons that left even him in disbelief.

Stealing a moment away from his larger role in his family’s life on Kauai, Bruce Irons found himself  in a world of his own in the barrel at Backdoor today; so much so that he had no idea that his only real score – a nine – was the best wave ridden in his heat and more than enough to move him forward in the competition. He disappeared off into the free-surfing lineup after the heat, looking like he needed a moment alone, before making his way back half an hour later. Speaking in an interview on the beach, he was shocked to learn that he was still in the running.

You know, Pipe is different from everywhere else…It’s like, where time stands still. If you could bottle that up and give it to someone who doesn’t know anything about surfing, that feeling, you’d be a millionaire! All my thoughts, everything is out the window and it’s pure joy, excitement, euphoria. It’s a real nice feeling. It’s very peaceful.

“You drop in, you’re concentrating, and then you get in the barrel and you’re mesmerized, and then….none of this even exists and then as you come out of the barrel, reality sets back in. You can hear the commentator, wooahh! And you’re like…..back to the real world. I just wanna go back inside. I don’t know, it’s a trip.

“I haven’t really surfed a contest (lately) and it felt good. The reality I came out to was I lost. But it’s only a contest and I don’t really do them anymore.”

At this point, Bruce was informed that he had actually advanced. “No, I don’t think I did….I got a 9 and a zero, maybe a 1. Really?! I thought I lost! I was just staying out there blowing off steam!”

Ian Walsh was flawless, from his wave selection to his body torquing positioning and deep, traveling tube-time. From the beach it was impossible to tell he was surfing with 12 stitches in his ankle from a random swing of his garden machete over the weekend. Clearly, he’s safer in the setting of a dry, dredging reef than dry land.

I made it through the whole weekend of big swell … surfing Jaws and paddling a few reefs on Maui, and then I was relaxing on Saturday night just cleaning up my yard and the machete slipped out of my hand, and boom! straight to the bone on my ankle. I was kinda on crutches for two days and now the tenderness is slowly going away. It feels better if I’m floating not standing on it.”

Talking about his perfect 10: “I could see the set coming and Healey and I were kind of paddling pretty deep past the boil and it was pretty evident it was gonna be a left coming in, not a right. I thought I might have been a little too far out over the ledge. I got a couple extra scratches and gave a little whistle to Mark because he was pretty head down into it. I just got one big lucky pump without grabbing (rail) which kind of gave me more room to pump, and it just stayed open and I came out happy. It’s my first perfect 10 in this contest or any event in Hawaii, so I’m psyched.”

On the flip side of being ‘psyched’, the Australians were dejected, and ejected today – all of them. Dean Morrison was left with the pain of one of the day’s deepest, longest backdoor barrels that pinched shut on him, leaving him in limbo between what could have been a perfect 10 but ended up worthless. Anthony Walsh and Heath Joske suffered similar fates and the Southern Cross flag came down at the Volcom Pipe Pro.

Since the earliest years of pro surfing at the Banzai Pipeline, Australians have routinely claimed their share of the attention, and the Volcom Pipe Pro  has been one of the platforms that has jump-started more than a few of their careers.

The dream start of Brazil’s Dennis Tihara also hit a wall today when Pipe deserted him in favor of fellow-countryman Wiggolly Dantas – one of the top 10 scorers of the day. Only two Brazilians remain in contention as the event readies for the final day: Leandro Bastos and Dantas.

The US mainland contingent is still strong, including Timmy Reyes, Chris Ward, Cory Lopez, Damien Hobgood, and Dane Gudauskas.

Wave heights are expected to drop tomorrow before a new swell starts filling in on Friday. Regardless, organizers will assess the conditions at 7am  each morning. The 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro champion will be crowned on the next day that the event runs.

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.

RESULTS:

Remainder of Round 2, starting from heat 11.

Surfers listed in order of placing from 1st through 4th.
1st & 2nd advance. 3rd=65th, 4th=81st

H11: Olomana Eleogram (HI); Flynn Novak (HI); Derek HO (HI); Stephen Walsh (AUS)
H12: Nic Von Rupp (DEU); Sion Milosky (HI); Nils Schweizer (USA); Casey Brown (HI)
H13: Charles Martin (GLP); Evan Valiere (HI); Jonah Morgan (HI); Liam McNamara (HI)
H14: Ian Walsh (HI); Marcus Hickman (HI); Mark Healey (HI); Dege O’Connell (HI)
H15: Makuakai Rothman (HI); Pancho Sullivan (HI); Matthew Bromley (ZAF); TJ Barron (HI)
H16: Kevin Sullivan (HI); Stephen Koehne (HI); Manuel Selman (CHL); Albee Layer (HI)

Round of 64 (Round 3) 13 of 16 heats completed today.

H1: Brad Ettinger (USA); Cory Lopez (USA); Anthony Walsh (USA); Billy Kemper (HI)
H2: John John Florence (HI); Sunny Garcia (HI); Solomon Ortiz (HI); Gabriel Villaran (PER)
H3: Reef McIntosh (HI); Cory Arrambide (USA); Dean Morrison (AUS); Rudy Palmboom (ZAF)
H4: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA); Chris Ward (USA); Jason Shibata (HI); Dennis Thiara (BRA)
H5: Kekoa Becalso (HI); Kai Barger (HI); Dimitri Ouvre (BRB); Angelo Lozano (MEX)
H6: Tim Reyes (USA); Dane Gudauskas (USA); Jesse Mendes (BRA); Jesse-Merle Jones (HI)
H7: Damien Fahrenfort (ZAF); Mason Ho (HI); Danny Fuller (HI); Heath Joske (AUS)
H8: Kalani Chapman (HI); Damien Hobgood (USA); Alexander Gray (USA); Tyler Newton (HI)
H9: Frederick Patacchia (HI); Bruce Irons (HI); Ricky Whitlock (USA); Sean Moody (HI)
H10: Leandro Bastos (BRA); Aamion Goodwin (HI); Kiron Jabour (HI); Luke Davis (USA)
H11: Olamana Eleogram (HI); Roy Powers (HI); Sion Milosky (HI); Chris Waring (USA)
H12: Nathan Yeomans (USA); Flynn Novak (HI); Nic Von Rupp (DEU); Eric Geiselman (USA)
H13: Marcus Hickman (HI);  Charles Martin (GLP); Torrey Meister (HI); Granger Larsen (HI)