John John Florence today claimed his third consecutive Volcom Pipe Pro title at the Banzai Pipeline, eliminating Chris Ward (San Clemente, Ca., USA), Josh Kerr (AUS), and Olamana Eleogram (Maui) in the final. Perhaps the truest testament to the uncanny surfing talent of this 20-year-old is the reliability with which he can produce world class performances, given all the unpredictability of the ocean and competitive heats. With two mind-blowing days of barrels and an extra $20,000 in his pocket, Florence now departs his modest beachfront home on the shores of Pipeline in pursuit of the 2013 ASP World Title. The Volcom Pipe Pro is a 5-star rated ASP event, but does not count towards the world title rankings.
Surf News, Saturday February 2, 2013 : Pipeline was an insane barrell-fest. A wonderful amabassador of the sport. All eyes were on Pipeline's favorite son John John Florence at the Volcom Pipe Pro the entire event. In 2nd place, Chris Ward from California. In 3rd place Josh Kerr originally from Australia. In 4th was Hana's Ola Eleogram. 58k went to the Sion Milosky Foundation. It was an epic contest once again; a perfect pairing of phenomenal waves and supernatural talent unfolded before a highly charged beach crowd. The full story coming later tonight. Mahalo.
Today marked day five of the 2013 Volcom Pipe Pro waiting period and after four straight "lei days," mother nature finally cooperated allowing the contest to be called on in temperamental yet fun conditions with waves ranging from head high to more than double-overhead. There was no shortage of excitement throughout the day's event which started out with the local trials, then the round of 112, into the thrilling VLCQ heat, and finished off halfway through the round of 96. The day's competition saw epic tube rides, nasty wipeouts and some high scores, including Kawai Lindo's perfect 10 in the VLCQ. LIVE HERE
Why did contest officials decide to not run the 2013 Volcom Pipe Pro yesterday? Because Pipe was kicking ass and taking names! I spoke with Volcom Pipe Pro surfer representative Flynn Novak this morning and he told me a harrowing tale of him getting knocked out while underwater and barely coming to.
Congrads Garrett McNamara...he did it. Officials will have their work cut out figuring out where the trough is. But in my rough estimate, at the moment of peak cresting, this wave is about 100' high. The biggest ever ridden by significant margin. What an honor it must be for Garrett. Interviews and glories galore are on the way. And to top it off Garrett did not get a rush out of it! On his Anderson Cooper interview Tuesday night Garrett said with a smile and chuckle " I havent been able to get the rush ever since that glacier wave in Alaska...no rush, so its probably not 100'. Anderson was incredulous: " You did NOT get a rush riding that wave...are you kidding me? Garrett: " I am not kidding you Anderson, I dont know what is wrong with me...there's definitely something wrong"
He was one of the few guys to make it out of a bomb on the Tahiti’s infamous Code Red day. He was there when everyone started paddling Jaws. He scored all-time Fiji with his friend/mentor/cover-star Dave Wassell during the Volcom comp. He’s got starring roles beside Kelly Slater in this year’s two Taylor Steele films (Here & Now and This Time Tomorrow). And just last week he blew off his US Open poster signing to score this bombing Puerto swell. Remember when Alex Gray was, like, this cute, comedy kid doing the WQS? Me neither. —Nathan Myers (Surfing Mag)
Down to his final jump to make something happen, Torstein Horgmo of Norway saved the best for last, pulling off a switch backside triple cork 1440--a trick he only tried last week--and winning the gold medal in snowboard big air at X Games Aspen on Friday night.
Chuck Patterson is quite the Renaissance man when it comes to outdoor adventure. Whether he's chasing sharks, swells, or snow, he's usually turning heads at each stop. The 6'2" 220-pound waterman is best known these days as a racing champion in the fledgling sport of standup paddling, but come winter he always reverts back to his skiing roots, even if he happens to be riding 50-foot waves in Hawaii.
January 19, 2013
The Event: Fifty kids 17-and under can enter for free with 2.25 GPA on their latest report card and 3 cans of food to donate to the local food bank. The waves were so big we had to move it for the first time ever—our back up spot was Lymans, a left point that was maxing with sets 10ft on the face. Pros that came to hang with the groms and support the event: Ezekiel Lau, Torrey Meister, Matt Meola, Kelly Slater, Keanu Asing, and CJ Kanuha
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