Andy Irons (HAW) had a day to remember today when he claimed victory in the Rip Curl Pro Pipeline Masters and the coveted Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing.
For Irons it was a fantastic ending to an amazing year and a tremendous finishing reward especially since he relinquished his Foster’s ASP Men’s World Tour crown to Kelly Slater (USA) back in Brazil.
Finishing behind Irons was Mick Fanning (AUS), Bruce Irons (HAW) and Kalani Chapman (HAW).
With his 2nd place finish here at the 2005 Rip Curl Pro Pipeline Masters, Mick Fanning now bumps up to world ranked #3 at the end of the 2005 WCT season.
Despite Fanning getting off to an early lead, Irons looked solid and at home in the somewhat tricky conditions. Half way through the final he dropped into a freak set and scored a perfect 10 after he slipped inside two deep tube rides and finished with a massive but unsuccessful aerial attempt.
“The wave came off the reef and doubled up a bit, said Irons. “I pulled in behind the section and came though it then managed to get back in another little barrel. I then tried a flying air and landed on the reef. It was one of the only waves in the final that came in clean.
Irons then held onto the lead till the final hooter as his brother Bruce and Fanning desperately attempted to real him in. Chapman meanwhile was lacking in quality waves but on the waves he caught he was certainly showing that he wasn’t out classed.
Irons was extremely happy and looked almost relived that the year was over. For him it has been a roller coaster ride as he did his utmost to stay in the title race right up to Brazil. To win today was obviously satisfying for him.
“This definitely has made it a lot easier that’s for sure, said Irons of not retaining his world crown. “I was one heat away from bringing it to Pipe in Brazil and now I’ve got in the back of my mind a lot of what ifs. But I really wanted to do well here in the Triple Crown and Pipe and I achieved my goal.
“It’s such a great event. I was also stoked to get to surf with my brother out there in the final. This was like a world title in itself. Everyone knows about it through the news and magazines. There’s so much hype around the Hawaiian events. To do well here means a lot and it’s almost a world title so I’m over the moon.
Final Results from the 2005 Rip Curl Pro Pipeline Masters
1st Place: Andy Irons (HAW) 17.33
2nd Place: Mick Fanning (AUS) 12.33
3rd Place: Bruce Irons (HAW) 11.33
4th Place: Kalani Chapman (HAW) 6.37