The North Shore Blog - The Trials of the Billabong Pipe Masters
There were 32 surfers at the start of the Billabong Pipe Masters Trials, now there are 4: Jamie O'Brien, Reef McIntosh, Makai Macnamara, and Hank Gaskell. After a lay day on the first day of the waiting period, the contest directors called Day 2 ON when they awoke to promising signs of a great day of waves ahead. Danny Fuller got the day started with a beautiful barrel and the boys never looked back, exchanging barrels and wipeouts till the afternoon winds forced contest directors to end the day after the last Semifinal. Scroll down for photos and footage from a great day of competition on the North Shore.
Tune in tomorrow morning at 7:30 HST (9:30 am PST) for the call.
Nothing beats waking up and seeing this from the Billabong House. Photo: Pat Stacy
Shane enjoying a moment of peace before paddling out for the first heat of the day. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
Danny Fuller's opening barrel got the crowd buzzing. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
They don't call him Shane Backdoorian for nothing. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
Isaiah Moniz dropping into a beauty en route to advancing alongside younger brother Seth in Round 1. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
Little man Seth Moniz loves tossing himself over the ledge and into a barrel. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
Josh Moniz focused on the goal. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
The contest site looking glorious in the morning light. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
A side view of Pipeline and Backdoor. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
Isaiah Moniz setting a line for the exit. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
Rainos passing along some stoke to Isaiah post heat. Photo: Pat Stacy
Josh looking poised and confident mid bottom turn. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
Jack Robinson put on a show in his Round 1 heat with this backside barrel. Photo: Duncan Macfarlane
And then followed it up with this Backdoor pit. Photo: Pat Stacy
Shane dropping into a Backdoor beauty. Photo: Pat Stacy
Another view of Jack Robinson's Pipeline gem. Photo: ASP/Masurel
Makai McNamara charged like his father, making it all the way to the Finals. Photo: ASP/Masurel
And then Occy and Doherty finished the day of with some laughs in the daily recap #OnDeck every evening at 5:00 pm HST. Photo: Pat Stacy
Jamie O'Brien always finds the diamonds at Pipe, always.
The first Perfect 10 of the Billabong Pipe Masters belongs to Joel Centeio.
And Billy Kemper gets the worst wipeout of the day.