Slater and Florence make their debut and set the pace
The third day of competition for the Volcom Pipe Pro gave way to clean-but-fading 4- to 5-foot tubes at Pipe and Backdoor. While the swell lacked the meat of previous days, the immaculate conditions on offer made up for the decrease in swell. Setting the pace for the day was three-time event champion John Florence,
Big tubes and beatdowns on tap
The second day of the Volcom Pipe Pro bore witness to a mixed bag of swell that ranged from crumbly 4- to 6-foot tubes in the morning to knee-shaking Second Reef stacks in the afternoon. And while the conditions today weren’t by any means as clean as day one, contestants were able to pack a
No chaser needed
Aussie charger Mark Mathews finds himself in a rather precarious position on the rocks at Ours. While it's not as bad as Tyler Wright's latest encounter, it's still painful to watch.
Perfection on tap for opening day
As a 3,000-rated event, the Volcom Pipe Pro has become one of the most anticipated contests on the North Shore. More than just a way to accrue ratings point, the comp also seeds the top-16 finishers into the Pipe Masters trials next winter.
John John, Slater, a west-northwest swell, and an army of Pipe specialists
But before we delve into the depths of the Volcom Pipe Pro webcast, which could start as early as Thursday, we thought it wise to give you a quick swell update and our pics to be standing tall on the podium come event’s end.
More details emerge on the death of Ricardo dos Santos
A recently released medical report confirms that Ricardo was indeed shot in the back and hit by two, not three, bullets as had been previously reported. One bullet pierced multiple vital organs while the other hit his spine.
The case for the unshaped surfboard
Earlier this winter, North Shore shaper Matty Raynor took an unorthodox approach to cutting a blank. Where as he would normally mow through the foam, finely sand the rails, and take the utmost precaution to ensure that he had dialed in the shape perfectly, Matty opted to just glass the damn thing. Yep, he just glassed a
A peak season swell lights up Hawaii outer reefs and Jaws
Jaws and the North Shore's outer reefs come to life for a massive northwest swell.
Jordy Smith, Cory Lopez, Brett Barley, and more live that North Shore life
Big, sketchy barrels, bigger airs, and Jordy Smith cutting through Pupukea to the sounds of a Sade remix (8:00 mark) set the tone. Featuring Brett Barley, Cory Lopez, Torrey Meister, Timmy Reyes and many more.
This is what it looks like when you rupture your spleen
Torrey Meister had a rough weekend at Pipe when he took a beating so hard it tore through his spleen. Good news is that Torrey will be just fine. His spleen? Not so much.