The North Shore Blog - Stormy Barrels on Day 2 at the Billabong Pipe Masters
This morning we awoke to a building 8 - 12 foot WNW swell and light trades, it wasn't a question of if the Billabong Pipe Masters would be called on, it was a question of when. The call was made to start immediately, sending Kelly Slater and Reef McIntosh into the stormy, but sometimes perfect Pipeline lineup. Both Kelly and Reef charged without fear, with Kelly posting a 17.00 point total thanks to some incredible backside barrel rides. The tone had been set for a day of crazy rides.
And sure enough, as the swell built through the day the surfers never backed down. Heats were won with 3's and 4's, but not for a lack of fearless late drops and barrel rides. And scattered in between all the wipeouts were some great rides and crazy takeoffs. The surfers and contest directors gathered at the end of Round 2 and decided to put the event on standby in hope for more favorable conditions. Unfortunately, an hour later things remained the same and the event was called off for the rest of the day.
Scroll down for photos and footage from Day 2 at the Billabong Pipe Masters.
So many waves showed promise. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
Kelly started his heat with a couple of wipeouts before finding a couple of gems. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
Michel Bourez took multiple beatings, but thanks to a couple of late drops and one completed barrel he advanced to Round 3. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
Not friendly, but certainly beautiful. Photo: Pat Stacy
Only Kelly Slater would decide that grab-free drop in would work today. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
And only Kelly Slater would be able to make it work. The man kept his World Title hopes alive, but is still a long shot. Kelly needs Dusty Payne to defeat Gabriel Medina in Heat 6 of Round 3 to remain in the race. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
You could make that end section, right? Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
Nat Young was one of the day's standouts completing some great barrel rides and some heavy wipeouts. Photo: ASP
Backdoor is never a safe option, but today it was a terrifying one and sent Jordy Smith to the doctor's with a shoulder injury.
Jadson Andre loves stormy barrels and was all smiles after this great barrel.
And on this note, we will see you tomorrow.