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pipe masters

the 2011 Vans

triple crown of surfing


The Billabong Pipe

Masters In Memory

of

Andy

CJ Hobgood. PHOTO: Struntz

Irons


welcome to the 2011 vans triple crown of surfing

of h a l e i w a

s u n s e t

p i p e l i n e

Billabong sponsored four ASP WT events this year. The resu

important contests — and in recent cases the most fickle —

year. Not to say that Rio and J-bay are less important even

prestigious. Winning at Chopes or Pipe is as good as it get

special. And with waves like the ones that graced this year

worth the wait. These are the best photos from three glorio


Captions by Jimmicane

ults were mixed. Scored two, skunked two. But the two most

— Teahupo’o and Pipeline, just so happened to be epic this

nts from a points perspective, but they are certainly less

ts. Winning with all-time conditions makes it all that more

r’s Pipe Masters, it makes all the years of average Pipeline

ious days at the world’s most coveted wave. —Jimmicane photo: Hamish


EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Taylor Paul Managing Editor beau Flemister Photo Editor peter taras Associate Photo Editor jimmy wilson Art Director chato aganza Associate Art Director Noa Emberson Online Editor jason miller photography by Tom Carey, Hamish Humphreys, Jimmy wilson, Duncan Macfarlane, Steve Sherman, DJ Struntz, Peter Taras

cover Photo: Jimmicane


Ace Buchan.

photo: Jimmicane


With a bang View from the Gerry house. PHOTOs: Carey


Chris Davidson. PHOTO: taras


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Things were a little weird in the morning. There weren’t many good ones and it became feast or famine. Evan Valiere, feasting. Photos: Jimmicane


View of the Gerry house.

PHOTO: Taras


* In conditions Hawaiian wildcards dream of, Marcus Hickman won the first heat of the first

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day against an admittedly scared Matt Wilkinson. PHOTO: Carey


“Yeah, but can he surf pipe?”


The question remained: “Would Kolohe Andino be willing to step up his game in large surf?� Then he got a wildcard into the Pipe Masters with historic conditions. Did he dominate? No. But he went out and answered the question as well as any 17-year old Californian could. Photos: Hamish (main), Jimmicane (inset)


Ian Walsh. PHOTO: Jimmicane


Peek a boo.

PHOTO: Struntz


This is what Jamie O’brien envisioned himself doing when he looked out from that porch. Photo: Sherman (inset) Macfarlane (main)


Views from the hill. Photos: Struntz


Would you rather:

get taken out by a foul ball or a massive tidal surge? Photo:

Jimmicane


John


n. John.

Photos: jimmicane (L), macfarlane (R)


Tanner Gudauskas. Photo: Jimmicane


ADMIT IT

You didn’t expect this, did you? Gabriel Medina is fully equipped to make a title run his first full year on tour. Photo: Carey


All style and smiles from Mason Ho. Photo: Hamish (inset), Struntz (main)


Dusty Payne and Kolohe Andino split peaks and got spit out. Photo: Macfarlane (above), Hamish (below)


To duckdive or to bail board? 2nd and 3rd reef wash-throughs made that a common question this year. Photo: Jimmicane (above) , Carey (below)


Dusty Payne. PHOTO: Macfarlane


Jadson Andre PHOTO: Jimmicane


What are you trying to say?

Photo: macfarlane


The Fallen Ones

Damien Hobgood .

Photo: carey


Ian Walsh pulling the ripcord. Photo: Jimmicane


Gotta PRay to Play Bruce Irons. Photo: Jimmicane


Marcus Hickman. Photo: Taras


Ace Buchan.

Photo: Taras

Jack Freestone mid-heat.

Photo: Macfarlane


Jack Freestone pre-heat.

Matt Wilkinson

Photo: Macfarlane

Photo: Carey


Tanner Gudauskas. PHOTO: Jimmicane

Bede Durbidge. Photo: Macfarlane


Kelly Slater .

Photo: carey


Laurie Towner separated his shoulder. The good shoulder. Shit hurts.

Photo: Struntz (L), Sherman (R)


Persistence


Drop of the contest. Julian Wilson in a losing effort to the guy in the next spread.

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Photo: Carey


Damien Hobgood. PHOTO: Taras


Evan Valiere steamrolled all the way to the quarter finals where he broke his board and couldn’t find a rhythm. Photos: Jimmicane


Kelly Slater during his Backdoor comeback vs. John John. Photo: Struntz


There were three 10-point rides in this contest. Jonathan here had two of them. This is the first from land and sea. Photo: Jimmicane (L), Macfarlane (R)


Is this the most photogenic 3.67 ride in the history of surf competition? Photos: Macfarlane


...Mason Ho.


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Jonathan and

his other 10.

Photo: jimmicane


Surfing Magazine’s vote for the two best all-around surfers in the world at the moment. Photo: Sherman


Parko, eyes on the prize. Photo: Macfarlane


Speedin’. Ian Walsh. Photo: Jimmicane


There are two ways to lose:

happy

Taylor Knox


sad

and Jamie O’brien. Photo: Taras (L) Photo: Jimmicane (R)


Michel Bourez. One spot away from a Triple Crown title. Photo: Jimmicane (main), Taras (inset)


Julian Wilson practices his swing in the vicinity of Lindsay Lohan while all the other girls on the beach try and get his attention. Photos: Jimmicane


Who’s surprised to see Shane Dorian on the biggest wave of the contest?

No one. Photo: Jimmicane


How Kelly got his groove back. His Round 5 heat vs Kalani Chapman. Photo: Jimmicane


Kieren Perrow simply knows how to surf this reef. Making the final in two straight years is no fluke. Photo: Macfarlane


give em heli We got a helicopter (or, Billabong did but

we all get to benefit from it!).

All Heli Photos: Macfarlane


To get the best view you either have to get high or get close. Look how everyone’s congregated at the waterline. No wonder


so many people got soaked.


D E R D N U H

R E T E M

M I


E L C A R


josh kerr.


Like a fingerprint.


Andy’s view.


Joel Parkinson


Parko is one of the people most susceptible to Slater’s mindf--ks. Whatever you do, don’t look back. Photo: Struntz


slater

probably wishing he had that bigger board here. Photo: carey


Slater, GT, and some good old fashioned surf fans. Photo: sherm


Another hollow left, another Pacific island. The Spartan feeling at home.

Photo: struntz


Lyndie and Andy Axel Irons. Photo: sherm


Parko, final prep. Photo: sherm

family


PHOTO: macfarlane

A mid-final

PHOTO: macfarlane


PHOTO: sherm

sh o wer


Kieren Perrow, in winning form. Photos: jimmicane


Long overdue

and well deserved.

Photo: struntz


photo: Sherman (Inset) Taras


Babies

and baby blues.

Photos: sherm


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A true Pipe Master. Photos: sherm

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Photos: sherm

Photos: jimmicane


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Photo: Macfarlane

2011 Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons  

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