The final day
of the Pipe Masters saw alot more traffic at Backdoor than the previous
day. Bruce Irons charging toward his first Pipe Masters victory.
Bruce Irons takes
the stand above Kelly Slater (2nd), CJ Hobgood (3rd) and Jamie O'Brien
(4th). "I'm sooo stoked" replied Bruce repeatedly.
In his semi-final
against Bruce 'n Andy Irons and Luke Egan Slater scored a perfect
10 at Backdoor that began with a free fall drop and ended with double
Naohisa Ogawa scored the only other perfect 10 on the first day
of the event on what was considered the best wave of the entire
season to date.
crowned ASP World Champ CJ Hobgood made the finals of the Pipe Masters
thus solidifying his reign at the top of the class.
for the goofy-footer most of the action during the finals was done
at Backdoor which was dominated by Bruce Irons and Kelly Slater.
logged into some serious tube time but was eliminated by Kelly and
sibling rival Bruce in the semi's thus ruining Andy's shot at the
making the heat Damien Hobgood suffered a severe fin gash when pulling
into a Pipe barrel. The injury caused the Floridian to pull out
of the competition.
old Jamie O'Brien was the youngest competitor in the field. The
Pipeline resident took down some local heavies including Poncho,
Tamayo and Johnny Boy.
young local Oahu surfer, Fred Patacchia, scored some great tubes
at Pipe making a strong statement regarding the future of the young
Hawaiian rat pack.