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the 2011 Vans
triple crown of surfing
The Billabong Pipe
Masters In Memory
CJ Hobgood. PHOTO: Struntz
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 â€” and in recent cases the most fickle â€”
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
With a bang View from the Gerry house. PHOTOs: Carey
Chris Davidson. PHOTO: taras
Things were a little weird in the morning. There werenâ€™t many good ones and it became feast or famine. Evan Valiere, feasting. Photos: Jimmicane
View of the Gerry house.
* In conditions Hawaiian wildcards dream of, Marcus Hickman won the first heat of the first
day against an admittedly scared Matt Wilkinson. PHOTO: Carey
“Yeah, but can he surf pipe?”
The question remained: â€œWould Kolohe Andino be willing to step up his game in large surf?â€? 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.
This is what Jamie Oâ€™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:
Photos: jimmicane (L), macfarlane (R)
Tanner Gudauskas. Photo: Jimmicane
You didnâ€™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?
The Fallen Ones
Damien Hobgood .
Ian Walsh pulling the ripcord. Photo: Jimmicane
Gotta PRay to Play Bruce Irons. Photo: Jimmicane
Marcus Hickman. Photo: Taras
Jack Freestone mid-heat.
Jack Freestone pre-heat.
Tanner Gudauskas. PHOTO: Jimmicane
Bede Durbidge. Photo: Macfarlane
Kelly Slater .
Laurie Towner separated his shoulder. The good shoulder. Shit hurts.
Photo: Struntz (L), Sherman (R)
Drop of the contest. Julian Wilson in a losing effort to the guy in the next spread.
Damien Hobgood. PHOTO: Taras
Evan Valiere steamrolled all the way to the quarter finals where he broke his board and couldnâ€™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
his other 10.
Surfing Magazineâ€™s vote for the two best all-around surfers in the world at the moment. Photo: Sherman
Parko, eyes on the prize. Photo: Macfarlane
Speedinâ€™. Ian Walsh. Photo: Jimmicane
There are two ways to lose:
and Jamie Oâ€™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
Whoâ€™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 everyoneâ€™s congregated at the waterline. No wonder
so many people got soaked.
D E R D N U H
R E T E M
E L C A R
Like a fingerprint.
Parko is one of the people most susceptible to Slaterâ€™s mindf--ks. Whatever you do, donâ€™t look back. Photo: Struntz
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.
Lyndie and Andy Axel Irons. Photo: sherm
Parko, final prep. Photo: sherm
sh o wer
Kieren Perrow, in winning form. Photos: jimmicane
and well deserved.
photo: Sherman (Inset) Taras
and baby blues.
A true Pipe Master. Photos: sherm
2011 Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons