You ever watched a surf contest in crap conditions? Sitting on the beach, waiting for an onshore lump that may or may not allow Johnny Surfstar to do a barely-above-the-lip air reverse. It's brutal. But that all changes when there're waves. Barreling waves? Forget about it. The Volcom Pipeline Pro is already heating up simply because it's Pipe and NPAC storms have been punching Oahu all winter like Dustin Barca on an MMA opponent.
Round of 64
First off, there are the Hawaiian ''CT dogs, who all want a shot at this -- Freddy Pattachia, Roy Powers, Andy Irons, and recently made man Dusty Payne. Next, are a pack of top seeds including the hungry John John Florence and Flynn Novak, who did so well at the Pipe Masters a month ago.
Also in this group are a handful of former 'CT-ers who you probably wouldn't see in many five-stars -- particularly Chris Ward, Cory Lopez. And Mr. Sunny Garcia looks to add another chapter to his ever-compelling biography.
Included in the Round of 64, we see a bunch of Wildcards selected by the ASP and Volcom, which include Hank Gaskell, Pancho Sullivan, Bruce, and Dean Morrison.
Round of 96
Gavin Beschen and Nathan Fletcher got wildcards for the Round of 96. We also see Rob Machado, Liam Macnamara and Outer Banks charger Brett Barley.
Round of 112 Surfing from the first round are such notables as Volcom Pipe chargers Marcus Hickman an Dave Wassell, who will likely break some hearts. You'll also be able to see Ian Walsh and Derek Ho take a crack at it. The waiting period starts on Saturday.