In one of the most dramatic Finals in competitive surfing history, Slater was defeated by Irons in their winner-takes-all death-match Final at Pipe. For Irons, the win cemented another record-breaking year. For Slater, the loss kept him from winning his seventh World Title.
In 2005 Andy Irons won the Pipe Masters, scoring a Perfect 10 in the Final to take the win over Mick Fanning, his brother Bruce and Kalani Chapman (HAW). This was a satisfying end to the season after Irons relinquished the World Title to Slater in Brazil.
Aussie Joel Parkinson) clinched the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title with an equal-ninth finish at Pipe and two equal fifths at Sunset and Haleiwa. But the real story was his Perfect 20 in Pipe's Round 3.
In 2010, Jeremy Flores (FRA) won the Billabong Pipe Masters in a come-from-behind victory over Kieren Perrow (AUS), marking the first-ever WCT win of his career. Four years later, see what Flores had to say about the big show at Pipe.
Parkinson meanwhile, who had won the Vans Triple Crown multiple times, came close to clinching his first Billabong Pipe Masters Title. But he was unable to find his rhythm in the Final against Perrow, his opponent and fellow Aussie.
2011 was also a big year for then-up-and-comer John John Florence (HAW), who put on an amazing show. He scored the eventâ€™s only two Perfect 10-point rides, but fell to Slater in the Quarterfinals. Florence's overall effort, including a win at at Sunset Beach and a fifth place at Haleiwa secured his first Vans Triple Crown win, making him the youngest competitor in history to win the prestigious series.
The next year, it was Parkinson who came out on top at the Pipe Masters. He defeated fellow Aussie Josh Kerr in the Final and placed one higher than Slater, who was eliminated in the Semis. The win helped him secure his his first ASP World Title.
Kerr battled his way to the first WCT Final of his career. The road there had been a tough one: In Round 4 he suffered a heavy wipeout and took a trip to the hospital. But he overcame the setback and surfed all the way to the finish.
While Florence finished runner-up to Slater, he won his second Vans Triple Crown Title, thanks to high scores throughout the three events. Still, a win at the big show eluded him, and he continues to carry a lifelong dream of one day hoisting up the Pipe Masters trophy.