Fresh off of hanging with the World Champion Italo Ferreira, Pipeline specialist Jamie O'Brien just won his second Surfline O'Neill Wave of the Winter award. He's the first surfer in the event's ten-year history to accomplish this feat.
O'Brien's career has spanned the gamut from up-and-coming progressive phenomenon to OG Vlog star, but this just goes to show that the foundation to this wide body of work has been his mastery on the North Shore.
O'Brien cleans up a US$25,000 prize, which is well deserved when you consider there were more than 200 entires which had to cut the mustard with an all-star judging panel made up of legends Gerry Lopez, Pancho Sullivan, Shawn Briley and Shane Dorian.
So what did it for Jamie? It was a huge late drop to a technical pig-dog barrel (followed by a torrential spit) on November 24th. This ticked all the boxes for the judging criteria, which are quarter-parts waves size, degree of difficulty, style and overall "heaviness" Factor.
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