IBA Pipeline Pro
North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii
February, 15 - 25, 2011
Friday, February 18th (Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii): Pipeline’s notorious Backdoor has revealed glimpses of its tubular best with some high-scoring barrel rides going down on Day 2 of the opening 2011 IBA World Tour event in Hawaii.
The day’s best wave belonged to visiting Aussie rider, Tom Rigby (AUS), who was awarded a near perfect 9.9 out of a possible perfect 10 for a long disappearing act in Round 4.
The score saw Rigby advance easily into Round 5 along with French rider Julien Miremont (FRA) and caused the elimination of local Hawaiians Will Petrovic (Haw) and Trevor Kam (Haw).
Tim Hamilton (Kauai, Haw) was another big-scorer, locking in a 9.0 ride to cause the shock elimination of two Pipeline Pro standouts, Andrew Lester(AUS) and Chris Won (Haw).
Lester, who won the event aged 20 in 2000, and Won, a regular in the local line-up, were bundled out unceremoniously in equal 65th and equal 73rd respectively.
Comeback King, Brian Wise (Haw), continued on his rampage, registering an
8.5 high ride for a nice Backdoor drain-pipe which saw him advance into Round 5 behind local Keahi Parker (Haw).
Wise has not competed in three years and in that time suffered back, neck and femur injuries in a serious car accident. A new outlook, a fiancé and determination to succeed have reversed his fortunes and his success through four rounds has firmed him as a sentimental favourite heading into the last day.
“It’s about perseverance and staying alive and getting through this contest, I got stuck in a couple, I made one … I got a nice long ride, it opened up and it just barrelled the whole way. I’ve had a couple close ones, but I’m hanging in there, and keeping the dream alive and just doing what needs to be done. Every heat is a step closer,” said Wise.
Australian, Mitch Rawlins (Gold Coast, AUS), revered as the most exciting young performer on the world stage, made his first appearance in the IBA Pipeline Pro in Round 5 and wasted no time in going for the big moves.
The 27 year-old blasted into a looping reverse and stuck some critical rolls over the shallow reef to secure his place in Round 6 behind early standout Sacha Specker (ZAF) of South Africa.
“It was my first heat in a while and the first heat of the year so it was pretty nerve wracking, but it was good to shake off the cobwebs. Being in a heat intensifies everything, I haven’t been in a contest in a few months now, you’d think it’s only 20 minutes so you say to yourself ‘I’ll just cruise through it’, but it’s a real work out.
To get through a heat at any time is satisfying. Now I’m on into the next round, so looking forward to that,” said Rawlins.
Pipe specialist and former runner-up, Spencer Skipper (Haw) was another to hit the water today. Skipper advanced to the last day behind Julien Miremont (FRA) of France.
The Women’s Division was completed in deteriorating conditions, but it did not dampen the determination of a tough field. Brazilian duo, six-time champion Steph Pettersen (rep. AUS) entered the final as firm favourite alongside former champ, Neymara Carvalho (BRA).
The deciding moment occurred midway through the final when Pettersen eyed-up a Backdoor right hander, decided not to go and Carvalho pounced – the score was one of the highest in the clash.
Friends chaired Carvalho from the water’s edge before she was presented with her second, first-place IBA Pipeline trophy.
All the action from the final day of the IBA Pipeline Pro will be available for viewing via the LIVE webcast at ibaworldtour.com. It is the most ambitious ever undertaken by the IBA with multi-camera angles and replays.
Hawaiian fans can see the action via Oceanic Cable channel 16 (OC 16,
Hawaii) and FUEL TV will broadcast finals action in Australia. Viewers should check their local listings for times.
IBA PIPELINE PRO:
MEN’S GRAND SLAM SERIES
Upcoming Round 6 Heats (3rd=33rdplace, 652 GSSpts / 4th=41stplace, 596
Ht41: Damien King (AUS), Jarrett Lau (Haw), Bud Miyamoto (Haw), Nathan Branch (AUS)
Ht42: Dallas Singer (AUS), Jones Russell (AUS), Maxime Castillo (FRA), David Phillips (Haw)
Ht43: Michael Novy (AUS), Jason Finlay (AUS), Spencer Skipper (Haw), Tom Rigby (AUS)
Ht44: Guillermo Cobo (ESP), Brad Hughes (AUS), Julien Miremont (FRA), Mark Watts (ZAF)
Ht45: Manuel Centeno (PRT), Alistair Taylor (ZAF), Sacha Specker (ZAF), Wesley Fischer (ZAF)
Ht46: Magno Oliveira (BRA), Luis Villar (BRA), Mitch Rawlins (AUS), Brian Wise (Haw)
Ht47: Mike Stewart (Haw), Kainoa McGee (Haw), Joe Clarke (AUS), Michael Ostler (ZAF)
Ht48: Gastao Entrudo (PRT), Hugo Pinheiro (PRT), Sam Bennett (AUS), Brahim Iddouch (MOR)
Results - Men’s Round 5 & GQS pts (3rd=5thplace, 760 GQSpts / 4th=13thplace, 900 GQSpts)
Ht33: 1stBud Miyamoto (Haw), 2ndDavid Phillips (Haw), 3rdCade Sharp (AUS), 4thChad Jackson (AUS),
Ht34: 1stMaxime Castillo (FRA), 2ndNathan Branch (AUS), 3rdAden Kleve (ZAF), Jacob Pembrook (Haw)
Ht35: 1stTom Rigby (AUS), 2ndMark Watts (ZAF), 3rd Rui Perreira (PRT), 4th Hermano Castro (BRA)
Ht36: 1stJulien Miremont (FRA), 2ndSpencer Skipper (Haw), 3rdStephan Stamm (BRA), 4thTim Hamilton (Haw)
Ht37: 1stSacha Specker (ZAF), 2ndMitch Rawlins (AUS), 3rdKeahi Parker (Haw), 4thJB Hillen (Haw)
Ht38: 1stBrian Wise (Haw), 2ndWesley Fischer (ZAF), 3rdArdiel Jimenez (CNY), 4thThiago Limeira (BRA)
Ht39: 1stMichael Ostler (ZAF), 2ndBrahim Iddouch (MOR), 3rdCharles Pass (ZAF), 4th Nicholas Bastos (BRA)
Ht40: 1stSam Bennett (AUS), 2ndJoe Clarke (AUS), 3rdYoshitada Konda (JAP), 4thJacob Romero (Haw),
Results - Women’s Final
1st Neymara Carvalho (BRA) 2000pts, US$3000 2nd Eunate Aguirre (ESP) 1720pts, US$1900 3rd Stephanie Pettersen (AUS) 1460pts, US$1400 4th Minami Hatekayama (JAP) 1349pts, US$1100
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