2011 BILLABONG PIPELINE MASTERS Final Day Top Waves 7.00 Plus
Gutsy call by Randy to go three days in a row. Swell models are that models not the real thing and you never know what is going to happen at that 180 hour plus marsh. The swell had shifted from WNW to more North over the nights as it backed way off. I was hopeful that pipe would be good. By the time Kelly and John John had ripped off 3 killer back door barrels I decided to trek on down below the Billabong house for the rest of the day. The third heat of the quarters did not see a lot off waves until I got set up. Yea as soon as I started shooting pipe started to fire. It was all worth it when KP ripped of his perfect 10 on a sick backdoor barrel. You always try to keep the red light flashing when these guys are ripping because you never can tell when they can decide Houdini still lives. This run is in order of score from KP's 10 to John John's 7.00. Check back for more as I get through the data. Next up will be the quarters with John John Florence and Kelly Slater
2011 BILLABONG PIPELINE MASTERS Top Heat of the Last Day Kelly Slater vs. John John Florence Quarter 2
Seems like a bad deal for John John Florence having to beat 11 time ASP World Champion twice Kelly Slater twice in a row. John John tried and it came down to Kelly Slater pulling it out with 43 seconds left in the heat. You do not get to 11 world titles on accident. I was set up on the Pipe side and most of the actions was Back Door. I did get some good drops. This is the complete heat of the 2nd quarterfinal for the 2011 Pipe Masters. Look for the finals next.
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Made it over and can't wait for the Billabong Pipeline Masters to kick off. Wave models look good with a solid set due to arrive Thursday and peak sometime in the night. The swell should produce some huge pipe. The trade winds could blow pretty hard so we will have to wait for the morning call. Should get some good footage of the swell with or without the Pipe Masters running. Today Sunset had some bombs so the morning should be good. The swell is a WNW that is just missing the Kauai shadow so it will all make it in to the North Shore
Pretty darn epic. What a day for the first two rounds of the Billabong Pipe Masters here on the north shore of Oahu. The NFL seems to be about Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos which leads me into... I can remember when they had some of the early John Elway teams lead by the orange crush defenses. So much footage to get through so I thought I would start with the Crush reel. When these guys get crushed they got to hope Tebow is praying for them!!!
I was not sure of what to expect this morning when I peddled down to Pipe at seven this morning to get a spot to shoot. The wind did show up but the swell was stronger and the bombs keep coming. I am thinking we will be a go tomorrow for the third round, but it has been windy tonight. I only got through about a third of the footage. You guys can go to the official site for the big money highlights. I decided to put up a crush reel to give you all an idea of what these guys went through. Not a lot of waves caught today the crush was the reason.
Pretty darn epic no one died just a bunch of broken boards and a dislocated shoulder. Stay tuned for more. Aloha Ted