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The 2015 Volcom Pipe Pro is ON today for Day 3 of surf competition with an 8am HST start! The first two heats of the morning see big names such as Kelly Slater, John John Florence, and Bruce Irons. Watch LIVE action at VolcomPipePro.com/live!
Posted on 02/01/15
The first light at Pipeline for Day 2 of the 2015 Volcom Pipe Pro revealed a new 6-8+ foot swell which arrived fresh off of yesterday’s Lei Day. The winds were now cooperating, competitors were psyching to get in the water, so just like that, the event was called ON! The day began with Heat 5 of the Round of 96, and after 9 hours of exciting competition, the day ended strong with Heat 7 of the Round of 64. Picking up right where we left off from Day 1 of competition, Mother Nature was by our side keeping the bad winds at bay and providing enough Pipe and Backdoor barrels to keep things interesting! Maui’s Ian Walsh, a big wave specialist, took advantage of the pumping surf and managed to get things started with a crazy 9.5 ride. Meanwhile, Leo Fioravanti had a brutal wipeout and left the beach in an ambulance with a suspected back injury. We will update everyone on his status as the details are released, but our thoughts are with him and we wish him a speedy recovery. As the morning turned to afternoon, the swell improved tremendously. Local boys Nathan Florence and Mikey Bruneau took things to another level and got some of the most spectacular tube rides of the day. Mikey Brunea finished off with the highest total heat score of the event with a 15 point ride. Volcom Japan’s Shun Murakami rolled into a nuts-o Pipe wave and had the whole Volcom house shouting on their feet. Other standouts of the day included Ian Gouveia, Jamie O’Brien, Dusty Payne, Kiron Jabour and Evan Geiselman. Day 2 of the 2015 Volcom Pipe Pro is in the books and you won’t want to miss a minute of Day 3 as the first two heats of the day see some talented up-and-comers, in addition to Pipe masters. Heat 8 will feature John John Florence, Bruce Irons, Yago Dora, and Seth Moniz, then straight into Heat 9 with Kelly Slater, Parker Coffin, Dale Staples, and Kamalei Alexander. Tomorrow’s forecast sees potential for some pumping surf, and if we’re lucky, we’ll all have the chance to see epic, super bowls! Surfline.com, the official forecaster of the 2015 Volcom Pipe Pro, is calling for 8-12’ occasional 15’ faces for Sunday morning with both Pipe and Backdoor working, and a slow easing trend through the day. The weather report calls for light East-ENE wind in the early morning, becoming moderate for the day from the ENE-NE, with partly cloudy skies. The contest has plenty of run potential, so be sure to check back for the official call, tomorrow morning at 7:30am HST right here on VolcomPipePro.com!
Posted on 02/01/15
After a day of mostly epic conditions yesterday for the 2015 Volcom Pipe Pro, stormy wind conditions and a drop in wave height have led to less-than-contestable surf for Day 2 here at the Banzai Pipeline. Contest officials have called the first “Lei Day" of the event and the next call will be made tomorrow morning at 7:30am HST. In the meantime, WATCH THIS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO of Volcom team rider and Pipe Pro competitor Mitch Coleborn getting absolutely barreled out of his mind in Fiji!
Posted on 01/30/15
Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii (January 29th, 2015): As the sun came up on the first day of the 2015 Volcom Pipe Pro waiting period, it didn’t take long for contest officials to fire off the first announcement of the event. The wind and waves were cooperating nicely and the competition was called on with an 8:00am start. The all-Hawaiian Round of 112 saw nothing but epic Pipeline conditions from start to finish, and the highlight of the day was the Volcom Last Chance Qualifier (VLCQ) heat where 8 Pipe veterans delighted the crowd with mind-blowing Pipe and Backdoor barrels. The Round of 96 started strong, but by the 4th heat the wind changed and conditions quickly deteriorated causing the contest to be put on hold and eventually called off for the day. Landon McNamara - Photo: Bielmann The Round of 112 was stacked with some of Hawaii’s most exciting Pipeline specialists, and they did not disappoint. Makai McNarmara quickly got things started with a few steep and deep backdoor barrels which certainly got the crowd’s attention. Reef Macintosh threw down the highest total heat score of the round with a total of 14.40. When the Round of 96 got underway, Brazilian Hizunome Bettero showed no fear as he was threading the needle on a gem scoring one of the day’s highest single wave scores, an 8.93. Bruce Irons - Photo: Bielmann The most exciting heat of the day was definitely the VLCQ in which the one remaining wildcard spot in the event was on the line. The 3rd annual VLCQ was a 40 minute, 8-man heat in which veteran Pipe warriors Bruce Irons, Gavin Beschen, Alex Gray, Kawai Lindo, JD Irons, Kaimana Henry, Derek Ho and Makua Rothman battled it out in a best-wave, winner-take-all barrelfest. All 8 competitors locked into some amazing rides, but in the end it was Bruce’s 9.0 that secured his spot in the upcoming Round of 64. The contest will resume with the 5th heat of the Round of 96, and will continue into the Round of 64 where we’ll get our first look at past champions Kelly Slater and John John Florence. We are excited to see our two event wildcards, Balaram Stack (Long Island, NY) and Parker Coffin (Santa Barbara, CA) hit the water as well. Check back on VolcomPipePro.com tomorrow morning for the next call at 7:30am HST! Be sure to watch today’s Heats On Demand and check out the entire Day One Photo Gallery!
Posted on 01/29/15
The swell has arrived on the North Shore and there has already been some epic waves ridden at Pipe. Will Kelly Slater defend his title, or will another eager Volcom Pipe Pro Warrior claim the top spot? Be sure to tune-in to the live webcast at VolcomPipePro.com! 2015 Volcom Pipe Pro - Official Trailer
Posted on 01/28/15
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Posted on 01/27/15