January 30, 2018 – Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii set the stage for the ninth annual Volcom Pipe Pro surf competition. With a clean, offshore 4-6ft north swell making its appearance at first light, the boys quickly hit the water to begin the long-awaited Round of 144 (Round 1). Hawaii’s Noa Mizuno bagged a clean Backdoor barrel to earn himself a well-deserved 8-point ride in Round 1, while South Africa’s Matthew McGillivray stunned the judging panel with a solid two-wave total of a 15.83 to earn himself a secure place into Round 3.
Hawaii’s Jason Shibata finding a clean Backdoor barrel to advance into Round 2. Photo: Tom Carey
Additional highlight waves included rides by Makuakai Rothman, Sunny Garcia, and Ezra Sitt, who each scored a respectable heat total to solidify their advancement. Competition continued through the second heat of Round 2 until the less-than-favorable winds picked up aggressively, prompting officials to call competition off for the day.
There is larger swell on the way and lots more surfing to come by guys like John John Florence, Balaram Stack, Jack Robinson, Noa Deane, Mason Ho, Mitch Coleborn, Ezekiel Lau, Sebastian Zietz, and last year’s Volcom Pipe Pro Champion, Soli Bailey, so stay tuned as we’re just getting started!