|Pictured: Ian Gentil (HAW) comes in after an immaculate showing to keep his winter momentum alive. Credit: © WSL / Keoki
Nearly matching deVault’s brilliant showing, Maui’s Ian Gentil (HAW) brought his confidence from Haleiwa to Pipeline and delivered a near-perfect 9.17 on one of the day’s biggest sets. Gentil’s reappearance from behind the curtain as the wave unloaded from within itself sent more applause and cheers from the beach as the day drew closer to a close.
“It started picking up and I thought I might need my 6’6 so I ran back to my car and it ended up being a great call,” said Gentil. “That was just so much fun and I hope it’s like this tomorrow again. It’s really important to get points out here, but at the same time, it’s Pipeline and I’m just happy to be out there.”
Fellow Maui competitor Eli Hanneman’s buzzer-beater, aerial assault landed him into the Round of 32 alongside a crew of Maui competitors including Cody Young, and Ocean Macedo, all advanced into the Round of 32.
Event organizers will reconvene for a 7:00 a.m. HST call to determine a likely 8:00 a.m. HST start for men’s finals day.
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The HIC Pipe Pro will run from December 8 – 20 at Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii.