After an action packed morning that saw a huge, shifting, NW swell at Pipe, the event was deemed incontestable at 10:30 am and has been cancelled for the day.
“The swell is building in afternoon and the tide surge is making condition impossible to run. Next call will be will be at 7:30 AM tomorrow morning, Sunday Jan. 29th.” Said Brad Dougherty, Volcom Surf Brand Manager.
Until then, make sure you check out the photos and videos from today’s action packed trials and first round heats. Here’s the end of the day release:
NORTH SHORE, OAHU – (Jan. 28, 2012) – The Banzai Pipeline caught everyone off guard today as waves doubled and tripled in size from one heat to the next. After the completion of only seven heats, competition organizers called the event off for the day due to dangerous conditions. Just under three hours of competition was a sufficient amount of time for injuries, wipeouts and hairball rides to be registered. Waves maxed out in the 15 to 20-foot range.
Kauai’s Stephen Koehne, the top-scorer of the day, ended up with a gruesome gash to the knee that could well see him out of the water for weeks. Regular Pipeline chargers Mark Healey and Tom Dosland took the wipeout beatings of the day, and Pipe specialist Dave Wassel was the overall standout.
“I was in his heat but I didn’t see it happen,” said Wassel. “But I saw his leg afterwards. It doesn’t look like he’ll be walking for a few weeks, let alone surfing. The hole is huge. Lucky it was his leg and not his head.
“It’s huge surf and it’s non-stop. It’s too much surf for Pipeline now and it’s supposed to pick up for the next four hours. We were expecting about an 8-foot swell – it’s double that and still increasing which makes me wonder how big the swell on Monday is going to be. Good call to call it off. Safety is our number one concern.”
Among those to advance from today’s abbreviated competition were: Wassel, Oliver Kurtz (USA), Mikey Bruneau (Haw), Derek Peters (USA), Fisher Heverly (USA) and Parker Coffin (USA).
Organizers expect competition to resume tomorrow as the current swell declines in size, however Surfline.com expects an even larger swell to arrive overnight Sunday for Monday, possibly washing the event out again.
A $130,000 5-star Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) event, the Volcom Pipe Pro will feature defending champion John John Florence (Hawaii), Josh Kerr (Australia), Bruce Irons (Hawaii), Dylan Graves (Puerto Rico), Tanner & Dane Gudauskas (California), Wiggolly Dantas (Brazil), Joan Duru (France), Balaram Stack (New York), and Hawaii chargers Ian Walsh, Dusty Payne, and Jamie O’Brien.
The top three seeds in the event; Kerr, Florence and Payne will showcase their skills at The Banzai in preparation for the upcoming 2012 World Tour.
Surfers shown in order of 1st through 4th. Scores shown are based on each surfer’s best 2 rides and are out of a maximum 20 points.
Trials Round 1
H1: Tom Dosland (Haw) 7.33pts: David Wassel (Haw) 6.06pts; Derek Ho (Haw) 3.00pts: Morgan Faulkner (Haw) 0.00pts
H2: Stephen Koehne (Haw) 11.37pts; Parker Coffin (USA) 8.34pts; Eala Stewart (Haw) 7.73pts; Mark Healey (Haw) 5.83pts
H3: Edrick Baldwin (Haw) 5.34pts; Jason Frederico (Haw) 3.26pts; Burger Nozaki (Haw) 1.67pts; Kamalei Alexander (Haw) 0.00pts
Trials Round 2
H1: David Wassel (Haw) 7.34pts; Stephen Koehne (Haw) 7.27pts; Ezra Sitt (Haw) 4.00pts; Tom Dosland (Haw) 1.70pts
H2: Parker Coffin (USA) 5.70pts; Kawai Lindo (Haw) 3.67pts; Edrick Baldwin (Haw) 1.80pts; Jason Frederico (Haw) 1.50pts
H1: Oliver Kurtz (USA) 7.37pts; Mikey Bruneau (Haw) 7.33pts; Dege O’ Connell (Haw) 2.00pts; Matthew Bromley (ZAF) 1.23pts
H2: Derek Peters (USA) 5.50pts; Fisher Heverly (USA) 4.00pts; Charlie Carroll (Haw) 3.33pts; Kahea Hart (Haw) 2.44pts
Photo: Dave Wassel driving off the bottom (c) Brian Bielmann
For more info check out volcompipepro.com