The 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro got underway in tricky conditions, with waves breaking below sea level. After a few lay days, the green flag sent all surfers to the water. The Pipeline was pumping eight-foot waves, but many competitors opted for riding towards Backdoor and even Off The Wall. The opening day had everything you could get when the sand is not where it should be. There were tough wipeouts, big scores, and well-ridden barrels.
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The 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro kicks off in challenging surf conditions
Spain defeated Portugal in the first round of the 2017 Red Bull Rivals. The Spanish surfers used the home advantage to beat their longtime Iberian rivals in the long left-handers of Mundaka, in the Basque Country. The team led by Aritz Aranburu didn’t start well. In the first heat of the event, Pedro Rua overcame Illan Urkía in the Local Hero category.
For many young Australian surfers, this is the moment they’ve been waiting for all year. The 2017 Taj’s Small Fries crowned seven new champions in Yallingup, Western Australia. The event organized by former Championship Tour (CT) surfer Taj Burrow got underway in three different locations – Injidup, Yallingup, and Shallows – with a broad range of ocean conditions. In the end, the future stars of Australian surfing confirmed they’re ready for the world. “I couldn’t be happier with how the event has gone, it seems to get better and better every year, and I’m stoked to be here to see the groms tear into their finals,” explained a very happy Taj Burrow.
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Seven young champions crowned at the 2017 Taj’s Small Fries
It was not classic Pipe, but time is running out. Round 1 of the 2016 Billabong Pipeline Masters has been concluded in four-to-five foot surf. The barrels were rare, and the stakes were high. The last event of the pro season kicked with unusual ocean conditions. Judges were looking for powerful carves and vertical lip attacks. John John Florence surfed relaxed and had the highest two-wave total of the event so far. The newly crowned 2016 WSL champion is through to Round 3.
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The 2016 Billabong Pipe Masters kicked off in small surf
“The Eddie” can go. Quiksilver, World Surf League (WSL) and the Aikau family have reached an agreement, and the iconic big wave surfing competition will continue uninterrupted. The contest format remains the same for the 2016/2017 edition. The event will be called on somewhere between December 1st, and February 28th, only if waves reach a minimum size of 20 feet. “This is a really special day for the Aikau family. We’re smiling a lot. We’re proud to announce that we’re going to have ‘The Eddie’ this year,” revealed Clyde Aikau at a press conference.
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"The Eddie" can go, Keala Kennelly added to the alternate list