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Justin Becret At HT's, Mentawai Islands
Only his second trip to the Mentawai Islands and Justin Becret surfs just like at home! Putting combos of barrels and blow-tails in the HT’s perfection and also enjoying a quality boat trip with his group of friends from Zarautz! Can’t wait to see more from him for the 2016 season !
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Juan “Polan” Polanco full part in “Overdose"
Our spanish jibber Polan has been stepping up his game for quite some years now. Check out his latest antics in his fullpart in Overdose. Polan is doing some serious jibbing here!
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Markus Keller on the cover of the latest issue of Frequency Mag
Congrats to Mä and french photographer Matt Georges for landing the cover of Feinschmecker magazine Frequency… The trick in question is a huge fs 7, shot in the Volcom Snow Team house backcountry. Congrats boys!
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FINALS DAY Volcom Pipe Pro - RECAP!
Banzai Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu, HAWAII – (Tuesday, February 2, 2016) Kelly Slater (USA) solidified his first win in two years at the Volcom Pipe Pro today after a full day of standing ovation performances that many are calling the absolute best of the winter season. Slater surfed against three of the top Pipe mavericks in the world – Jamie O’Brien (HAW), Bruce Irons (HAW) and Makai McNamara (HAW) in a nerve-shattering Final that saw barrels fire off like cannons and detonate on the notoriously shallow reef. Kelly Slater, 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro Champion! photo: Jack Morrissey The 30-minute Final got started with two low scoring albeit immense waves from O’Brien and Irons, respectively, then saw McNamara answer back with the second highest wave of the heat, an 8.67. The 20-year old took an early lead on his opening wave, with Slater taking a quick second on his first ride, a 7.83. Halfway through the Final, the 11-time World Champ secured the win with a backup score of an 8.73, while the other competitors fought hard for the runner-up position. Makai McNamara. photo: Brian Bielmann O’Brien scored a 4.27 for a long left, finally finding a barrel in the second section of the wave, and backed up the mediocre score with a 5.67 for an inside Backdoor barrel. The combined heat total of 9.94 secured a second place finish for the Pipeline Master. The first perfect ten of the day - and the third of the event - O’Brien routed an ultra deep backside barrel to claim the Electric 10-point ride award for $1,000. Calm and cool, O’Brien was in complete control while navigating a high line, eventually bursting out of the tube after the spit. Marco Giorgi (URY) nabbed one of the highest scores of the morning, a near perfect score of a 9.67 for a tricky Backdoor barrel that threatened to clamp down. Giorgi is the sole surfer hailing from Uruguay in this competition. Marco Giorgi. photo: Jack Morrissey Tom Whittaker (AUS) was the highest placing Australian of the event, surfing in the fourth Quarterfinal against Jamie O'Brien (HAW), Mason Ho (HAW) and fellow countryman Soli Bailey (AUS). Baily, 20, had the opportunity to surf one of his first Pipe events in excellent conditions and was humble about the experience. “This is one of the first events I’ve surfed out here, so that’s a special thing," said Soli. "I think anyone that gets a chance to surf an event out here is super lucky and so fortunate. I’m just so glad that I got through to where I did and got to get so many barrels. It’s such an honor to get to surf this wave at its pretty much ultimate best and get through those heats and compete against some of the world’s best out here." Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) narrowly missed a shot at the Quarterfinals after being taken out by Makai McNamara (HAW) who advanced behind Mason Ho (HAW). The Brazilian is a standout in North Shore waves and has spent the winter honing his talents here at Pipeline. Check out Final's Day Heats On Demand & Photo Gallery! Volcom founder Richard Woolcott presenting Kelly Slater with the 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro trophy! photo: Brian Bielmann 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro. photo: Brian Bielmann See you next year!
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Kelly Slater - 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro Champion!
Kelly Slater mastered huge perfect Banzai Pipeline today to be crowned the 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro Champion! After taking down huge names from day one, he showed no mercy against his competition, and not surprisingly, impressed the crowd and judges with his in-form style. Semifinals were stacked with Bruce Irons (HAW), Marco Giorgi (URY), Kelly Slater (USA) and Joan Duru (FRA) setting up the first heat, with Makai McNamara (HAW), Dusty Payne (HAW), Jamie O'Brien (HAW) and Tom Whitaker (AUS) completing the second heat. Makai took off on a huge Pipeline left, grab railed and got rocketed out by the spit to earn a well-deserved 10pt ride which took him into the final (even with an interference). After some huge barrels and scores, the finals were set with Kelly, Bruce, Jamie and Makai. After a short break from the semifinals, it was GAME ON! With 8-12 foot perfect offshore Pipeline, the boys held back nothing, battling wave-for-wave for a chance at the 2016 crown. There were some heavy wipeouts early with Makai taking a couple heavy beatings and breaking his board, but was able to get his backup board for another shot. Makai was able to snag a high 8-point ride, but it was Kelly who coupled a 7.83 and 8.73 mid-heat to hold the lead. There were some last-minute chances, but none could compare to Kelly's amazing waves, and ended up taking the big win! Finals Day FULL RECAP, Heats On Demand, and Photo Gallery coming soon towww.volcompipepro.com
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Day 2 Volcom Pipe Pro – RECAP
Check out Day 2 Heats On Demand & Photo Gallery! Ezekiel Lau scores perfect 10, Irons, Slater, Florence advance Banzai Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu, HAWAII – (Monday, February 1, 2016) - The best waves of the winter graced Pipeline for the Volcom Pipe Pro today, a World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 rated event with a $100,000 prize purse, up to 3,000 valuable ratings points on offer and qualification into December’s Pipe Invitational. North Shore favorite and defending event champion John John Florence (HAW) posted the highest heat total of the day, a near perfect 18.84 for two cavernous Pipe waves. The 23-year-old competed against fellow Hawaii surfer Eala Stewart, New York’s Balaram Stack and Italy’s Leonardo Fioravanti. John John Florence. photo: Tai VanDyke “It was a really fun heat, I’ve been excited to watch it all day,” said Florence.” It’s been slowly picking up since this morning, conditions are incredible. The whole day I was just like, ‘please stay the same, please stay the same.’ Still light offshores, big, beautiful sunny barrels.” Kelly Slater (USA) had a tough heat against Chris Ward (USA), Gavin Beschen (HAW) and Yago Dora(BRA), but made it through to the fourth round in second place behind Wardo. The 11-time World Champion won the Volcom Pipe Pro in 2014 and is eager for another shot at victory in the primer conditions. Kelly Slater. photo: Tai VanDyke “This is easily the best Pipe of the year, right now, the last couple hours, it’s incredible,” said Slater. “There’s so many waves it’s hard to keep the adrenaline down and keep yourself calm. I actually got my first wave, which was a really good wave I think, but I was a little too deep and it sucked me back. When it really opened up I was kind of eating it already. And then I came up and watched Wardo get barreled on a really good one and then I got like three on the head… kind of smashed me around so I didn’t start the heat so good, but I had a couple backup waves. I wouldn’t consider those very good waves out there but I got the scores to make it through and I think we’re going to have really good conditions in the next couple days so nice to just have that chance.” Hawaiian charger Zeke Lau (HAW) nailed the only perfect 10 of the event for an epic Backdoor wave to keep the lead over Dimitri Ouvre (BLM). With a combined heat total of 16.07, Lau advanced into Round 3 along with Ouvre, while Gavin Gillette (HAW) and Ian Walsh (HAW) were left without the scores needed to progress. Ezekiel Lau. photo: Brian Bielmann “The ten felt great,” said Lau. “I knew I was only looking for a small score so I was kind of just looking for a little corner to tuck in and of course the biggest right comes, I was like ‘oh god,’ but it looked like a great wave so I just figured go for it. I pretty much just held on for dear life.” Jack Robinson (AUS), the teen who caused a sensation when he won the Pipe Invitational here in December, posted one of the highest heat totals of the day with a 9.00 and a 7.83. Robinson excels in conditions like these and has become a standout in big wave conditions along the North Shore. In a nail biter heat, Bruce Irons (HAW) jumped from third place to first with just forty seconds left on the clock. Sitting on the Backdoor side, Irons pulled into one of the biggest right-hand barrels of the day and navigated an exit as an explosion of cheers erupted from the beach crowd. With a 9.40 score, Irons secured the heat win and a slot into Round 4. Bruce Irons. photo: Lugo “The conditions are as good as it gets,” said the Kauai surfer. “It’s definitely probably one of the best days of winter. Lefts, rights, 8-10 feet offshore, what more do you want?” Contest organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30am HST to determine if the Final day will take place. With more waves on the way, a Volcom Pipe Pro champion will likely be crowned by midday Tuesday or Wednesday. Results Shown in order of 1st through 4th. Surfers from Hawaii unless otherwise noted. Round of 64 – 1st and 2nd advance, 3rd=33rd place, 4th=49th place H1: Marco Giorgi (URY), Kiron Jabour, Keanu Asing, Joel Centeio H2: Koa Smith, Brent Dorrington (AUS), Derek Peters (USA), Patrick Gudauskas (USA) H3: Bruce Irons, Joan Duru (FRA), Mikey Bruneau, Billy Stairmand (NZL) H4: Torrey Meister, Griffin Colapinto (USA), Conner Coffin (USA), Granger Larsen H5: Ezekiel Lau, Dimitri Ouvre (BLM), Gavin Gillette, Ian Walsh H6: Jack Robinson (AUS), Nathan Yeomans (USA), Hank Gaskell, Jean Da Silva (BRA) H7: Sebastian Zietz, Takayuki Wakita, Carlos Munoz (CRI), Brian Toth H8: Chris Ward (USA), Kelly Slater, Gavin Beschen, Yago Dora (BRA) H9: John John Florence, Eala Stewart, Balaram Stack (USA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) H10: Ian Gouveia (BRA), Hiroto Ohhara (JPN), Hizunome Bettero (BRA), Victor Bernardo (BRA) H11: Tom Whitaker (AUS), Soli Bailey (AUS), Yujiro Tsuji (JPN), Leandro Usuna (ARG) H12: Nic Von Rupp (PRT), Aritz Aranburu (ESP), Kai Mana Henry, Ricardo Christie (NZL) H13: Round of 96 – 1st and 2nd advance, 3rd=65th place, 4th=81st place H1: Marco Giorgi (URY), Derek Peters (USA), Cahill Bell-Warren (AUS), Kai Barger H2: Koa Smith, Kiron Jabour, Noa Mizuno, Kaito Ohashi (JPN) H3: Mikey Bruneau, Griffin Colapinto (USA), Mitchell Parkinson (AUS), Parker Coffin H4: Torrey Meister, Bruce Irons, Makuakai Rothman, Seth Moniz H5: Gavin Gillette, Jean Da Silva, (BRA), Chris Foster, Ohno Masatoshi (JPN) H6: Hank Gaskell, Dimitri Ouvre (BLM), Tim Reyes, Ian Gentil H7: Brian Toth, Chris Ward (USA), Luel Felipe (BRA), Gavin Sutherland H8: Yago Dora (BRA), Takayuki Wakita, Kaito Kino, Takumi Nakamura (JPN) H9: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Victor Bernardo (BRA), Benji Brand, Kona Oliveira H10: Ian Gouveia (BRA), Eala Stewart, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF), Takumi Yasui (JPN) H11: Leandro Usuna (ARG), Kai Mana Henry, Joshua Moniz, Kaimana Jaquias H12: Nic Von Rupp (PRT), Yujiro Tsuji (JPN), Imaikalani deVault, Adrien Toyon H13: Makai McNamara, Billy Kemper, Kalani David, Koa Rothman H14: Olamana Eleogram, Kevin Sullivan, Kalani Chapman, Alex Smith H15: Mason Ho, Keoni Yan, Sunny Garcia, Myles Padaca H16: Lucas Silveira (BRA), Cory Arrambide (USA), Kekoa Cazimero, Allen Schuyler Check back on www.volcompipepro.com tomorrow morning for the next call! Balaram Stack. photo: Lugo      
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