Volcom Pipe Pro

Making Waves: The Good, the Weird and the Ugly

January is a waiting game in pro surfing. Invitees for the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau await an ideal swell, Championship Tour (CT) surfers are standing by for the start of a new season, and big wave chargers are racing to get in some last minute XXL submissions. One thing does remain constant between the Pipe Masters and Goldy: No one's getting out of the water.


While the new CT season is still ahead, the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) season is already underway. When the Volcom Pipe Pro kicked off with waves reaching heights up to 15 feet, the event hashtag lit up the social sphere. Anticipation is building for Kelly Slater (USA), John John Florence (HAW) and Dusty Payne (HAW) to enter the lineup. Check out the recap and visit www.volcompipepro.com for the full results from Day 1 of competition.

Volcom Pipe Pro - Day 1, Highlights
The 2015 Volcom Pipe Pro (QS3000) kicks off in pumping surf at Oahu's Banzai Pipeline.


Jamie O'Brien drops in on home turf at Backdoor during the 2015  Volcom Pipe Pro JOB will have to log some board transfer clips after the Volcom Pipe Pro (seen here) to keep up with the growing trend. - WSL / Bielmann/Volcom

With Jamie O'Brien (HAW) busy at the Volcom Pipe Pro, a new board transfer video has emerged that tops the similar clips JOB has made famous. The video shows a triple transfer by Mostic Inc. rider Austin Keen. Keen goes from a SUP (stand-up paddle board) to a soft top to a skim board in an almost cartoonish -- but nonetheless impressive -- manner. Check out the full video in Surfer's Random Happenings.


Women's CT surfer and 2014 Runner-Up Tyler Wright (AUS) took a beating at the Original Source Australian Boardriders Battle when she washed up on the rocks during a relay heat.

Wright's Collision at Cronulla
The World No. 2's biggest opponent this weekend wasn't a surfer, but the local pool.

Wright received tons of support from the surfing community and posted some good news on Instagram early this week: "For all those who have wished me well, love and a fast recovery thank you...it seems to be working. I've been cleared of all spinal and nerve damage."

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