An official blessing by local Kahu (priest), Dennis Sallas, was performed, orchestrated to call on the safety, honour and integrity of all involved, and to ask that the Hawaiian Gods protect those involved with the event.
A win at Pipeline is considered the Holy Grail for bodyboarding and the most prestigious title of a tour consisting of eight international events
All the action will be available via the LIVE webcast at redbull.com/tv – the most ambitious ever undertaken by the IBA with multi-camera angles and replays as just some of the improved features. Hawaiian Manny Vargas will anchor.
At Sandy Beach in fun, one-metre waves yesterday, a monstrous trials field of more than 100 hopefuls was whittled down to just 27.
Overall it was a great day with the highlight being Brian Wise and his amazing comeback to the competitive arena. Brian is looking fit and focused and ready for battle at Pipe. He will definitely be one to look out for in the event.
Also the dominance of the Japanese girls was impressive with all three spots in the main event secured by them in the Women’s.
Following a long day of competition, the surfers below successfully qualified for the main event across three divisions:
(HAWAIIAN, UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED)
Men’s Grand Slam
Matt Holzman, Nick Shand, Kainoa French, Kingsley Uaiwa, Mark Klein, Keanu Cazimero, Harley Ward (AUS), Keoni Haina, Babby Quinones (PRC), Travis Smith, Brian Wise, Alex Halsey (AUS), Elliott Morales (CNY), Charles Ward (AUS), Gregory Wouters (Aruba), Scott Rigby (AUS).
Drop Knee Pro
Sascha Specker (ZAF), Ricky Alvarez, Chris Won, Landon Gaspar, Josh Trotter, Miles Kauhaahaa, Lewis Pereira (PRT), Damien King (AUS)
Women’s Grand Slam
Miya Inoue (JAP), Minami Hatekayama (JAP), Aoi Koike (JAP)
Please tuned to the official website ibaworldtour.com for up date or calls or call event hotline on (808) 5797159
Music// Mother And Son "Dengue Fever"