Posts Tagged ‘pipe masters’

December 14th, 2011 | By | 5,963 Comments

2011 Billabong Pipemasters: Kieren Perrow Crowned

John John scores 10s, Slater nails buzzer-beater comebacks, and Kieren Perrow (literally held together by duct tape) redeems last year’s finals fail. Pipemasters 2011 was the culmination of a record year of amazing surf on the World Championship Surfing Tour, and most surfers have the scars, staph, and cover-shots to prove it.

After the opening ceremonies came a special blessing in memory of Andy Irons, and a first birthday cheers to his son Axel Irons smiling on the beach with mom Lyndie. The wave gods proceeded to put on a spectacle of bombing surf that continuously drenched spectators like the Shamu Show.

Surfline predicted the swell would break at second and third reef pipeline during the first day of competition, something we haven’t seen since the 97′ Pipemasters. An irregularly sober mood swept the field of surfing’s favorite jokers. Perhaps out of fear for his riders, Jeff Hurley suggested starting to run heats a day early in more contestable conditions. But Slater said “There’s about 100 yards of sand that still needs to wash off the reef, and the wave doesn’t know where to go until this first pulse can push it off” and everyone reluctantly agreed.

Round 1 started with pipe-savvy Hawaiian wildcards like Marcus Hickman, Ian Walsh, and Jamie O’Brien winning 8 of 12 heats, while the visiting CT boys were just happy to make it back to the sand.

Here’s a few post comments that surfers told the SWELL team after their round 1 heats:

“Those were the worst beatings I’ve ever taken in a contest” -Ian Walsh
“Has anyone seen the other half of my board?” -Jamie O’Brien
“I was praying they would postpone the heats until the swell died down” -Kolohe Andino
“I got slapped around so hard, and had no idea which way I was paddling” -Bruce Irons

In Round 2 John John Florence continued his triple crown campaign scoring a perfect 10 and a 9.93 in round 3. But who other than Slater to nearly dash his lifelong hopes of a triple crown title in their quarter final face-off. From the beach it appeared the judges would be accused of another scoring scandal, but decide for yourself in this heat recap.

After losing to Slater, Michel Bourez had to make the finals to steal surfing’s second highest honor, but honorary Hawaiian Kieren Perrow weaved through backdoor to keep the crown in Hawaii with John John Florence.

Kieren earned his first elite victory after 20 years as a touring pro. Only a day earlier he was facing elimination from next year’s tour, but went on to beat Taj, Dorian, Gabriel Medina, Michel, and finally Parko, to become the 2011 Billabong Pipemasters Champion. This smiling 34 yr old Aussie is the surfer’s representative to the ASP, a respected big-wave charger, and a role model family-man.

Even Slater teared up as he announced the victory over the live webcast. Everyone was “over the moon”

Watch thrills and spills from the first day of firing surf.

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December 10th, 2011 | By | 1,852 Comments

Best Place to Eat on the North Shore – Opal Thai – Haleiwa, Hi

After a lot of searching we finally found the best place to eat on the North Shore. This food truck turned restaurant was the perfect place to grab a bite after a long day at the beach. Incredible food and service made this place stand out on our 7 Days on the 7 Mile Miracle excursion.

When ordering our food the server and owner, Opal prompted us to put down our menus and tell him what exactly we were craving. Instead of having us blindly pick items on the menu, he custom tailored the meal to our liking and told us to run across the street to grab some beers. After returning with some coldies, Opal put our beverages in the back fridge, cracked one of his own, and joined us in a toast. The restaurant really felt like a home away from home. Slater and Cunningham knew what was up and also dined here the night before the Pipemasters.

If you are in Haleiwa you need to stop by this place. You won’t be disapointed. It’s located next to the Longs Drugstore in town.

The place is pretty new (2 months or so) and unlisted on Google Maps. Also the Yelp! address may be incorrect! It can be found in this general area http://bit.ly/rUUKYF

December 7th, 2011 | By | 4,464 Comments

Surfer Poll Awards 2011 -Biggest Party on The North Shore

Last night’s Surfer Poll Awards celebrated the year’s standout performances in the world of surf. Instead of rating surfers for their contest results, Surfer Magazine tallies the votes from fellow surfers and fans voting online. Criterion usually encompasses style and personality in and out of the water…and the awards show had plenty of both.

With the buzz from the richter scale swell due to detonate on the opening day of tomorrow’s Pipemasters, nervousness and gitters added to the pressures of speaking to the crowd of over 1,000 legendary attendees. Security was tight, but any north shore security guard gets distracted by hot chicks just long enough to slip past. Peligroso tequila loosened up the nominees, and the speeches ranged from shy, to high, and hilarious.

Emcees Sal Masacala, and Freddy Pattachia didn’t hold back any punches as they used the industry’s inside jokes against everyone on stage. Carissa Moore dedicated her award to WCT mens surfer Dusty Payne, and the gal pal jokes kept coming. But he wasnt the only super fan of the womens tour, many speakers mentioned their displeasure of not having a Womens Triple Crown of Surfing on the in Hawaii this year.

The big suspense of the evening was whether Dane Reynolds or Kelly Slater would take the No.1 prize, but Dane settled for second yet again. All awaited his quirky, awkward comedy relief and he didn’t disappoint, ” I surfed pipeline today…that was a humbling experience. I saw the Pipemasters heat draw today…that was also quite humbling. Jamie (O’Brian -Pipemaster) have mercy on my soul, please. Thanks to everyone who voted for me because lets face it, I’ve made it pretty hard to be a fan of me this year.” Dane also took the award “Best Digital Short” for his aptly named flick “Lost Interest” shot during his no-show period on tour this year.

Kelly accepted his 17th poll-topping award, thanking the Miller family, cracked what we think is a joke, then gave his expert analysis the conditions for the 2011 Pipemasters, “I saw Jamie O’Brian at pipe today and he said if WaveJet paid him 20K, he’d surf their motorized surfboard during the conteest. But, there’s about 100 ft of sand on the reef that shouldn’t be there. Hopefully it get washed away before the swell, because right now the wave doesnt know where to go.”

After the show, everyone headed over to the new Surfer Magazine bar at the Turtle Bay Resort where the girls again stole the spotlight…this time on the dancefloor.

Here’s the final results from the 2011 Surfer Poll Awards

Top 10 Male Surfers

1. Kelly Slater
2. Dane Reynolds
3. Owen Wright
4. Julian Wilson
5. Taj Burrow
6. Mick Fanning
7. Joel Parkinson
8. Jordy Smith
9. Andy Irons
10. Bruce Irons

Top Five Female Surfers

1. Carissa Moore
2. Coco Ho
3. Stephanie Gilmore
4. Alana Blanchard
5. Sally Fitzgibbons

Movie of the Year

Year Zero

Best Barrel

Alex Gray -Teahupoo Uncut

Best Cinematography

Come Hell or High Water

Best Digital Short

Lost Interest

Best Documentary

Splinters

Best Performance

Josh Kerr -Kerrazy Kronicles

A.I. Breakthrough Performer Award

John John Florence

Heavy Water Award

Nathan Fletcher -Teahupoo Uncut, Get-N-Classic

Worst Wipeout

Rodrigo Koxa -Teahupoo Uncut

Watch the 2011 Billabong Pipemasters live Dec 7 here

October 22nd, 2011 | By | 2,090 Comments

Weekend Freebies, Sweepstakes and Sales Report, 10/22

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