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Hansen’s Energy Pro Waiting Period Begins

Tuesday, February 17th marks the beginning of the waiting period for the 2004 Hansen’s Energy Pro presented by Billabong. The event, held at Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore, will have until March 1st to crown the 2004 champ. The contest has been upgraded to a four star W.Q.S. (World Qualifying Series) due to $25,000 being injected into the purse by contest organizers.


Surfers from eleven countries will be participating in the event, which was held last year in massive, fifteen-foot, third reef Pipe. No surfers from the W.C.T. (World Championship Tour), including last years second place finisher Bruce Irons, will be participating in the event—leaving the field wide open for whoever is ready top step it up.

Last years’ winner Jamie O’Brien is ready. I recently spoke with Jamie as he

fueled up for a surf at Foodland with potato chips, a candy bar, fruit punch soda, and Spam musubi.

TWS: Diet of champions, eh?

Jamie: I don’t care what I eat—I just gotta get something in there.

TWS: Ready for the contest?

Jamie: Bra, I’ll be there.

True, he will be there. Seeing as how the contest is set up in his front yard, the air horn for the first heat is going to blast him right out of bed and into the lineup. Good luck to Jamie and all the other competitors!


Andy continues to rule Hawaii. On Monday, February 16th the Honolulu Quarterback Club named Andy Irons Hawaii male athlete of the year. Irons is the first Hawaiian to win back-to-back world titles and is looking for his third. Is surfing going mainstream? What happened to jocks vs. surfers?


The April edition of TransWorld Surf has a mistake. Randall Paulson, not Tamayo Perry, is the surfer featured in the beautiful two-page spread on page 14 shot by newlywed Wyatt Tillotson. Randall is one of the top surfers at Pipe and deserves tons of credit for his skills. Our apologies to both surfers. (Tamayo: We hope you already cashed your photo incentive check!)