“Wow, epic, unreal, what can I say,” said Pancho Sullivan after trying for 12 years to secure a victory at one of the breaks he has put so much time into, the infamous Banzai Pipeline. Sullivan surfed flawlessly at the Backdoor reef securing $40,000 for the win at the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout. Sullivan said that he “free surfed” the break in between rounds like a kook. Apparently that didn’t matter, as he came out and posted incredibly high scores giving him a total that averaged more than the 10 point range, as the waves were being scored on a 1 to 12 basis on the final day. With a new wife, and a baby on the way, the extra cash will be put to great use explained Sullivan.
A fantastic display of surfing was put on for all those who watched the 3′-to-6′ waves peel across the right hand reef with the occasional left keeping things interesting. Second place went to Andy Irons who more than lived up to his World Title form, threading the eye of the needle several times to move past many other surfers ahead of him. Former ASP standout Shane Dorian was consistent all day as his tube riding paid off for a 3rd place finish. Kalani Robb’s waves in the 1st, 2nd & 3rd rounds showed his commitment to excellence securing him a 4th place finish. Bruce Irons moved into 5th place by persistently pulling-in to what ever was on the table at Backdoor, with a winner takes all attitude that helped the younger Irons brother slide past Jamie O’Brien. O’Brien watched his 2nd place slot after round 2 fade from view with the ASP Pro’s moving into 4 of the top 6 places.
A big mahalos goes out to the sponsors who contributed to this event as well as Eddie Rothman & Da Hui clothing line for making sure this great formatted contest was enjoyed by all.–Mick O’Brien