Waves roll in from the outer reefs for Day 4 of the Volcom Pipe Pro.
Credit: © WSL / Volcom / James Lugo
Event/Rating: Volcom Pipe Pro, Men’s QS3,000
Holding Period: January 29 – February 10, 2018
Today’s Conditions: 12-15ft. (18-20ft. faces) WNW swell, light S winds
HALEIWA, North Shore, Oahu/Hawaii — (Saturday, February 3, 2018) – The Volcom Pipe Pro resumes today in monster surf as Pipeline and Backdoor see solid waves with up to 20ft. faces, thanks to the new WNW swell on hand and light southerly offshore winds.
“A solid new swell has filled in overnight providing 18-20ft. faces at Pipe, so we are kicking this competition off at 8am,” said WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Tour Manager, Marty Thomas. “Although we have some wash-through sets, there are some epic rides to be had and we are excited to watch the top seeds compete today.”
Two-time World Champion John John Florence (HAW) will surf in the highly anticipated second heat of the morning against Noa Deane (AUS), Robson Santos (BRA) and Nomme Mignot (FRA) and will be the crowd favorite after his recent title clinch in December at this exact location, also known as his backyard.
“I always really enjoy this event, it’s here at home at my favorite wave, and that makes it such a great start to the year for me,” Florence said in an earlier interview. “The surf has been really good historically too. I think that’s what I’m looking forward to most – the chance to surf Pipe on a good day, with just a few other guys out.”
With another full day of competition scheduled today, a Final day looks likely tomorrow to rival Super Bowl Sunday, with a winner being crowned by 11:30am HST.
The 2018 Volcom Pipe Pro will run on the biggest and best days of surf within the holding period, determined by contest officials, and will be broadcast LIVE on Volcom.com/pipepro and RedBull.tv/volcompipepro.
Visit WorldSurfLeague.com and the free WSL app for live scoring and updates, and tune into Spectrum SURF Channel for live and replay television coverage of the event on 250 and 1250 HD across the state of Hawaii.