Hawaii, Part 3: Pipeline Challenge

A few days after the Pipe Pro the IBA World Tour kicked off at Pipeline, starting the Pro-Bodyboarding season off.
Most places I’ve ever surfed bodyboarders are vastly outnumbered by surfers, however with the comp on it swung the other way round and there were heaps of bodyboarders at the main breaks.

I wasn’t too interested in the early rounds, I only started watching in Round 4 when two people from the hostel started:

Eddie Read, the only Englishman in the Comp. He made it to Round 5.

 Renzo, the little Peruvian, he’s only 17.

The only other person I knew competing was Alex Uranga, he was seeded in the 5th Round. Once his heat started he was a bit slow catching good waves but towards the end he had two amazing rides, which should of easily placed him second. The judges didn’t agree and in my opinion he was robbed and knocked out of the contest. Here’s a couple of shots from his two best:

Going deep in a Pipeline Barrell.

 

Huge invert coming out of Backdoor.

 

After the people I knew got knocked out the comp wasn’t quite as interesting for me, the standard of surfing was really high but there’s not as much drama when you don’t know the competitors. Also the fact that the final was pretty much wrapped up from the beginning made it a lot less memorable in my eyes. Nonetheless here’s a shot of the 2012 Pipe Challenge Winner, Jeff Hubbard:

Hubbard running to the crowd after winning the title for the 2nd year in a row.

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  1. […] Pipeline Challenge (https://johnpullan.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/hawaii-part-2-the-pipe-pro/ & https://johnpullan.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/hawaii-part-3-pipeline-challenge/). Some of the surfing I saw was unbelievable, it was a real treat to sit on the beach and watch the […]

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