Michel Bourez (PYF) has won the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) after defeating Kanoa Igarashi (USA) in the Final.
According to Rip Curl Team Manager Ryan Fletcher and the World Surf League, Wright’s wipeout gave him minor bleeding in the brain along with the concussion.
Owen Wright has been taken to hospital after copping the beating of a lifetime during a free surf at Pipe this morning before the trials began.
Bruce Irons (HAW), former elite tour competitor and Pipe Masters Champion (2001), has been allocated a position in the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory for Andy Irons, the final stop of the 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL Championship Tour (CT).
Every year the surfing world migrates to the North Shore of Oahu to crown a champion. Dakine – Backstage PIPE is a series of imagery, conversations, and perspectives you probably won’t see on a webcast. Mahalo to all the locals and North Shore communities for opening your home to the rest of the world every year. If you are visiting, please do your part to help the locals conserve and protect the amazing beauty and natural resources of Hawaii.
Six out of the ten waves waves come from Yadin Nicol, Sebastian Zeitz, Miguel Pupo, Mick Fanning, John John Florence and Gabriel Medina. The other four come from one man, Kelly Slater.
Kelly Slater rocks a GoPro on his board during Round 4, Heat 3 of the Billabong Pipeline Masters. After winning his seventh Billabong Pipe Masters, Kelly Slater truly is the king of Pipe. How’d he surf his winning waves? He talks through some of his technique whilst in the tube: “When I need to get that forward momentum, I almost pull myself… I almost grab the air.”You’ll be excused if you come out of this thinking surfing Pipe is easy.
Many of you may not know that there is a Pipe Master in residence at Canggu Beach. In light of the Pipe Masters competition that started on Wednesday, IndoSurfLife sat down with Two-Time Pipe Master Larry Blair to talk about his connection with the contest and Bali.