Not Just Another Perfect Pipeline Day
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2017 Volcom Pipe Pro
There is no doubt that the 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro was one of the most exhilarating surf events in a long time. The waves were pumping perfect Pipeline drainers, the commentators were on fire and the vibe from the athletes as they ran up the beach after every heat was contagious.
There was a high level of anticipation for the 2017 Hawaiian winter and the now legendary event to kick and this year the Volcom Pipe Pro is once again blessed with great waves especially day two. Surfing World editor Vaughan Blakey is back on the mic, live from the Volcom Pipe house. He said after today’s incredible high scoring match-ups, “The surf was the stuff of dreams today. Eight to 10 foot, dead glassy and big breathing barrels on both Pipeline and Backdoor. The first couple of days we saw a lot of sand on the reef and combined with a powerful North East storm swell the reef looked more like a sand bottom right point with some very low-tide Kirra like barrels when you looked into them from the channel. There wasn’t a single left on the first day thanks to that unusual swell direction refracting around the tip of the island and down the whole North Shore similar to what happens when a big south east swell hits the east coast of Australia and the points fire up. As soon as the West swell hit overnight, a lot of that sand got washed off the reef and things returned to the more traditional Pipe/Backdoor set up we saw today.
Makuakai Rothman backed up his 10 point ride from Round 2 with another incredible performance scoring giant oily pits on both the rights and lefts but heat of the day went to Kelly Slater, Bruce Irons and Seth Moniz says Vaughan. “Slater was fighting for survival two minutes into the heat after Irons got 9.6, Moniz got a 9.4. The wind came onshore and the only scoring opportunities that came through after that were nabbed by Moniz and Irons. Slater charged a couple of insanely dangerous-looking sets but couldn’t find a way through. So, the defending champ is gone. It wasn’t the start he wanted in what’s going to be his last year on tour but seeing as though this is a QS didn’t seem too bummed about it. He’s got bigger ethically-fished Mahi to fry this year.” Said Blakey
Jamie O’Brien and Jack Robinson, who Blakey names among the big guns and event hopefuls have also been knocked out due to the inconsistent, heat-on-heat-off swell surges.
With Prince JJF and Mason Ho still remaining as we head into round four, who is this commentators pick for the prize? “My call for winner of the event is Mason Ho. He’s surfing as good as you can surf heavy waves right now and he’s doing it like he’s mucking around in 3 foot beachies.”
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