• Day 1 of the Billabong Pipe Masters

Day 1 of the Billabong Pipe Masters opened with beautiful 6 foot Backdoor gems rolling through, one right after another. As if the epic waves weren't enough, the morning started with intense heats from the beginning, with many tour spots are on the line and the first 3 heats saw epic battles as Patrick Gudauskas, Damien Hobgood and Alejo Muniz willed themselves into Round 2 with beautiful barrels.

Beautiful Backdoor almost never gets surfed without injury and we were reminded of this scary fact in Heat 4 when Kierren Perrow, surfing his last CT heat, dislocated his arm after falling on a set wave.