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Mike Stewart claims the Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic


Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic

Pipeline, North Shore Oahu
19 February 2011

Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic rolls out in three-to-four foot Northwest swell

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 February, 2011 : - - The  38th annual Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic presented by Patagonia, Viper Fins,Solar Services Hawaii and other contributing sponsors, completed on February 19th 2011 (at 4:15 PM) on the North Shore of Oahu. The Conditions were 3 to 4 feet Northwest swell with wave faces averaging 8 feet.  

This year Mike Stewart was successful in defending his reign as the event champion (13th win @ Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic) Bodysurfing, called he'e umauma or kaha nalu in Hawaiian, was first enjoyed by ancient Hawaiians at the break called "Pipeline" today. It is believed that bodysurfing at Pipeline was first inspired by the dolphins seen there, long before the invention of the surfboard.

While boardsurfing has evolved into a visible and highly competitive sport, the main draw to bodysurfing is still as it ever was - the intimate relationship between the ocean and the rider in what is  considered by many as the "purest form of waveriding."

Mike Stewart HAW 1st Place
Kai Santos  HAW 2nd Place
Chrisotpher Kalima HAW 3rd Place
Frederic David FRA 4th Place
Ryan Hailsones HAW 5th Place
Craig Watson HAW 6th Place

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