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Volcom Pipeline Pro

ASP 5-Star WQS Mens event
Pipeline, Oahu Hawaii
23 January - 5 February 2009

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Aussies Anthony Walsh & Mark Mathews 2nd & 3rd, Fuller 4th

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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 February, 2010 : - -  Pipeline -- Prayers, plundered surfboards and Pipeline perfection were the order of the final day of the Volcom Pipeline Pro, and local boy Jamie O'Brien avoided the drama to walk away with the win. O'Brien, 26, clinched his third Pipeline Pro title today to take home $16,000 and 2,000 ASP World Qualifying Series ratings points. Surf for the final day was in the range of 10-15-foot wave face heights.

Australian pair Anthony Walsh and Mark Mathews were second and third respectively in the final, both breaking surfboards and forced to swim to the beach during the 45-minute bout. Fourth place was Hawaii's Danny Fuller, who posted the day's only perfect 10 during his semi-final heat but was unable to exit several deep tubes in the final that might have scored the same.

Two high scores - 8.77 and 8.23 - sealed the deal for O'Brien, giving him a two-wave total of 17.0 out of a maximum 20.

The highest scoring ride in the final actually belonged to Mathews, who was runner-up to O'Brien here at this same event back in 2007. Despite a horrible start to the heat, Mathews regrouped on a backup board and ended up splitting a peak with O'Brien on the best wave of the final. Mathews opted for the Backdoor, O'Brien took Pipe. Mathews' was a super deep and long barrel, while O'Brien's looked bigger but didn't travel as far.

Mathews was right back in the game with a 9.57  after that, but never managed to secure the second score he needed of 7.43, counting a 4.57 in its place.  "I thought I had a good wave and then I heard his score!" said Jamie, of the near-perfect score Mathews got going right on the wave they split. 

 


Jamie O'Brien : photo Baker/ASP Hawaii

 

"I love Pipeline. I kind of talk to it out there. You might think I'm crazy, but I just started praying it was going to go flat in the end, and Mark looks and me and says, 'I bet you're praying that it's going flat', and I was like, yeah! (Laughs.)

"Mark was in the running. I've surfed with him out here before, he's a great surfer, he was ripping. But it's kind of funny, every time you think you have it, you don't have it. I didn't think I had it even with 10 seconds (to go).  "It's my passion, year in and your out here, I just like surfing this wave. My goal is to win as many Pipe contests as I can and there's only a few chances every year. I got one more, so I'm stoked."

Mathews felt deserted by the ocean that had answered Jamie's prayers and failed to produced any more quality rides. "I was so disappointed," said Mathews. "After I got that 9.5 I thought for sure I could get this. It was only a (7.43) I needed and there were plenty of them at the start of the heat. I still had 10 minutes by the time I got out the back, but nothing came through. The waves just went flat.

"I had a shocking start to the heat. I was getting smashed. I lost my board, took a couple of bad waves, got washed in a couple of times. But I knew that I was always in there. It only takes one wave to get you back in the heat and I got it, but I just needed one more little one and it didn't come through.

 


Brett Barley  : photo Baker/ASP Hawaii

 

"From here, I'm just going to chase big waves. We're shooting a documentary on me and one of my best mates, Richie Vass, and I'd just like to do enough WQS events so I can get into the Triple Crown, which is my favorite competition."

Second placed Anthony Walsh shared Mathews' disappointment. With scores of 7.5 and 7.37, it was all about the one that got away: the biggest wave of the final that Walsh took a gamble on but lost, getting clipped in the barrel, and then breaking his board.

"I knew I was probably only going to get one chance and I got that really good one," said Walsh. "It looked like it was going to be a short barrel so I had to really wait as long as I could at the bottom (of the wave after takeoff) to get as deep as I could and get a big score. Either way, it was a 50/50 and it didn't pay off, but second's still really good and I'm stoked.

"I was definitely hoping for first because an international first place was a spot into the Pipe Masters, so second place doesn't cut it. But still, to get second to Jamie O'Brien, he's the best guy out here, so I'm happy with that. He just knows the wave so well. He knows were to sit and today he showed it. He got those two Backdoor ones that actually didn't look like much, and he got the scores.

"I don't really do the WQS but 1500 points is kind of a scorer, so I've got to think about maybe doing a few events. The Australian leg's coming up and there's some good 6 star events there. I'll see how I go in them and make a call from there."

 


Anthony Walsh : photo Baker/ASP Hawaii

 

TODD CHESSER MEMORIAL AWARD TO DAVID WASSEL

Along with the final placings, the perpetual Todd Chesser Memorial Award was presented today, awarded to Pipeline charger, North Shore lifeguard, and perennial goodwill ambassador David Wassel. Wassel certainly charged in this event, narrowly losing in the quarter finals.

"This award is for the surfer who charges from the heart and embodies great spirit," said Jeannie Chesser, Todd's mom, during a moving presentation. "And that's Dave Wassel."

BARLEY BAILS WITH BEST SCORE OF THE COMPETITION

The Cinderella story of North Carolina's Brett Barley ended in the semi-finals, but he departs Pipeline with the satisfaction of having earned the highest heat score of the entire competition: 19.67 out of 20 in round 2. Barley lost to Mathews, Fuller, and Kiron Jabour (Hawaii) in the second semi-final today to place equal 7th overall.

"I've come this far and it's only the first Pipe contest I've ever done, so I've got many more," said Barley. "I'm just stoked to make it this far. It's been good, no hard feelings, I'm not bummed at all.

The highlight? "My first heat, on the first wave of a contest I've never done (before) and I got a 10... I'm still over the top about that. I don't think it's really sunk in yet. To end up with the highest heat score at a Pipe contest, that definitely feels good and I'm happy.

 


Danny Fuller  : photo Baker/ASP Hawaii

 

The Volcom Pipeline Pro was a super North Shore success story. Big, challenging surf over all four days of competition; more than a couple of days of true Pipe perfection; world class rides and nightmarish wipeouts; and 27 broken surfboards that were a symbol of total commitment and grandiose entertainment.

For complete results: volcompipelinepro.com/results. For exclusive Volcom Pipeline Pro video, photos and more, go to Transworldsurf.com.

This is Volcom's first ever ASP event and is a critical component of the 2010 ASP Hawaii season, offering valuable points towards World Tour qualification, as well as wildcard berths into the December Pipeline Masters. FUEL TV will air a 30-minute wrap up show in America, Australia and Portugal at the conclusion of the event - details to be announced shortly.                     
 
Results
1. Jamie O'Brien
2. Anthony Walsh
3. Mark Mathews
4. Danny Fuller

Check the Full Results

 


The best of the best from Pipeline and Backdoor during the 2010 Volcom Pipeline Pro 

 

    
         Heats on demand                                                  Day 2: Brett Barley Interview

    
                 Day 1 Highlights                                             Jamie O'Brien & Antony Walsh


Heats on demand available here

 


Random images | more available here

 


Current One World Rankings

Alves,Heitor BRA
Muniz,Alejo BRA
O'Brien,Jamie HAW
Zietz,Sebastien HAW
Jhones,Alan BRA
Walsh,Anthony AUS
Henrique,Pedro BRA
Bettero,Hizunome BRA
De Sousa,Thiago BRA
Max,John BRA
Mathews,Mark AUS
Bryson,Royden ZAF
Cardoso,Willian BRA
Curran,Nathaniel USA
Monteiro,Raoni BRA
Neves,Leonardo BRA
Nicol,Yadin AUS
Toth,Brian PRI
Carvalho,Ruda BRA
Walsh,Ian HAW
Jabour,Kiron HAW
Florence,John John HAW
Barley,Brett USA
Belo,Jano BRA
Fagundes,Andre BRA
Moura,Paulo BRA
Nunes,Marcelo BRA
Simpson,Brett USA
Sodre,Yuri BRA
Duru,Joan FRA
Cloitre,Romain FRA
Alexander,Kamalei HAW
Padaca,Myles HAW
Irons,Bruce HAW
Marzo,Clay HAW
Payne,Dusty HAW
Schweizer,Nils USA
Acero,Eneko EUK
Batista,Halley BRA
Rosa,Diego BRA
Benson,Tonino HAW
Palmboom,Rudy ZAF
Brown,Charlie BRA
Nakagima,Flavio BRA
Hermes,Tomas BRA
Felipe,Luel BRA
Bettero,Tamae BRA
Galini,Bruno BRA
Milton,Jose BRA
Davies,Jay AUS
Garcia,Sunny HAW
Hickman,Marcus HAW
Wassell,David HAW
McIntosh,Reef HAW
Rothman,Makuakai HAW

Check the Full One World Rankings


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# 1 : Volcom and ASP Hawaii announce $120,000 Pipeline Pro

# 2 : Volcom Pipeline Pro wait period kicks off this Saturday

# 3 : Volcom Pipeline Pro hits 5-Star WQS Mens event rating


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# 6 : Drop in swell prompts pass for today's Volcom Pipe Pro 

# 7 : Volcom Pipe Pro waits for swell to bear down on Oahu 
# 8 : Volcom Pipeline Pro watches too much of a good thing

# 9 : Timeless Pipeline turns on big for the Volcom Pipe Pro

# 10 : Volcom Pipeline Pro North Carolina kid steals da show 
# 11 : Saturday Volcom Pipe Pro lay day: Swell's on the way 
# 12 : Cinderella into semi-finals of the Volcom Pipeline Pro 

 

 

 

 


 
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