Event Preview: 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro

Volcom Pipe Pro

For those looking to attain legendary status in the world of professional surfing there's no better place to do so than at Pipeline. With waves as thick as they are tall, Pipe can make a career—or take ones life—in a split second.

Enter the Volcom Pipe Pro where surfers from around the world will go head to head at the best, most intense venue in surfing. Last year it was Jamie O'Brien who took top honors at the Volcom Pipe Pro. This year, it's anyone's guess as to who will win. While it’s a bit too early to say what the waves will be like, the North Pacific is in a good cycle right now, churning out swell after swell. Stay tuned for updates and giveaways! Click HERE for highlights from last year.

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Go to the final day highlights from the 2010 Volcom Pipe Pro

When: The waiting period goes from January 24 through February 5.
Where: The Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii aka The Proving Grounds.
What: The Volcom Pipe Pro, an ASP 5-Star event with $120,000 in prize money.
Who: 2010 Volcom Pipe Pro Champion Jamie O'Brien, Bruce Irons, John John Florence, Dusty Payne, and a slew of international and Hawaiian Pipeline chargers.

2011 Volcom Pipe Pro Contenders

Bruce Irons
A fairytale ending would have Bruce winning in treacherous Second Reef bombs, get carried up the beach by the boys, and dedicate the win to his late brother, Andy.

2010 Volcom Pipe Pro Champion Jamie O'Brien. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

2010 Volcom Pipe Pro Champion Jamie O'Brien. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Jamie O'Brien
Last year's champ is all healed up from a broken arm. Can he make it two in a row? Of course—Mike Ho won at Pipe with a broken wrist!

John Florence
He just beat the cream of the Pipe crop at the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout, why stop there?

Danny Fuller
A finalist from last year, Fuller's got mad style and more contest savvy than his cool demeanor lets on too.

Fred Patacchia
A veteran of the World Tour, Freddy P can't be counted out—especially this close to home.

2011 Volcom Pipe Pro Dark Horses

Kawai Lindo
A staple at the Volcom house, Kawai gets as much time in the water at Pipe as anyone.

JD Irons
Compact power surfer with superior Pipeline genes.

Evan Valiere
The smooth goofyfoot won this contest several years ago, he's got a shot at repeating—especially if it's really big.

Volcom Pipe Pro dark horse Anthony Walsh. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Volcom Pipe Pro dark horse Anthony Walsh. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Anthony Walsh
A finalist from last year, Walshy somehow slips under the radar despite being one of the best Australian Pipe surfers.

Gabriel Villaran
Look out for this hard charging Peruvian—especially if it turns into a big Backdoor barrel fest.

Who’s Your Pick To Win The 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro?