Congrats to Jeff Hubbard, 2012 IBA World Tour Pipe Challenge champion!
Be sure to stay tuned to the end of the video for a “visualization” exercise led by Mr. Wassel. Apparently it works too, because the wave he paddled into at Jaws has got to be the frontrunner for the XXL paddle award.
Below are the historical wave reports from January 4th, 2012. Looks like the swell conditions at the Pauwela station (@buoy51205) maxed out around 14 feet at 17 seconds.
The 2012 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout saw epic conditions throughout its holding period, which means they were able to cherry-pick the best days at Pipeline and Backdoor. Everyone got shacked, but in the end, it was Reef McIntosh who emerged victorious, with Volcom winning the team division.
2012 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout Results
- Reef McIntosh ($30,000)
- Jamie O’Brien ($20,000)
- Marcus Hickman ($10,000)
- Bruce Irons ($5,000)
- John John Florence ($2,500)
- Volcom (Marcus Hickman, Bruce Irons, Dean Morrison, and Dusty Payne)
- RVCA (Makua Rothman, Billy Kemper, Danny Fuller, Daniel Jones)
- Body Glove (Jamie O’Brien, Alex Gray, Anthony Walsh, Cheyne Magnussen)
- Quiksilver (Reef McIntosh, Mark Healey, Fred Patacchia, Kiron Jabour)
For additional highlights from the second and third day, check out Prickett Films on Vimeo.
Contest vs. Freesurfer via Korduroy.tv
Pretty psyched to see what Mitch Rawlins has been cooking up these past few years. Dude is an animal.
Southern California saw some solid 18-second energy on Thursday, and the current South swell is forecast to linger through the weekend. Swell heights peaked on Thursday, but the Dana Point buoy is still reporting swell conditions of 4-feet at 17-seconds, so while the waves will be smaller tomorrow, there’s still a healthy amount of energy in the water.
Here’s a look at the conditions from the Dana Point buoy on Thursday, May 19th, 2011. You can see the West wind swell backed off throughout the day as the strong Northwest winds faded Wednesday night into early Thursday:
The forecast for Saturday shows light SW winds around 4 knots, turning slightly more West and increasing to 9 knots by mid-afternoon. The South swell hovers around 4-feet at 15-seconds (189°) throughout the day.
Real-time reports from the Dana Point buoy are available on Twitter by following @buoy46223.
Slow-motion shorebreak action from Brazil on May 8th, 2011 by Gustavo Amarante.
Some late season Hawaii action from Kanaka Kai.
Newport Beach’s Almond Surfboards taps into the source.