10 Photos: Billabong Pipe Masters

posted by / Photos / December 13, 2011

Our photographers took tens of thousands of images during the Vans Triple Crown, and right now we’re locked in our Sunset Beach rental trying to cut those gems down to a select couple hundred. When that’s done we’ll give you a Lightbox from all three contests that will excite and move you. But Jimmicane doesn’t want to make you wait, so he’s giving you his 10 photos and captions from last week’s historic Pipe Masters right now. Enjoy.

 

CJ Hobgood had the second heat of the first morning and the waves were more out of control than they were good. He didn't have any dominant heats during his run to the Quarter Finals but he still put on a show. It's nice to see the former World Champion re-qualify for the 2012 WT, still without a main sponsor.

CJ Hobgood had the second heat of the first morning and the waves were more out of control than they were good. He didn't have any dominant heats during his run to the Quarter Finals but he still put on a show. It's nice to see the former World Champion re-qualify for the 2012 WT, still without a main sponsor.

The Hawaiian wildcards are always a threat at Pipe. That threat increases exponentially as the surf height also increases. Nobody was surprised to see Ian Walsh's performance.

The Hawaiian wildcards are always a threat at Pipe. That threat increases exponentially as the surf height also increases. Nobody was surprised to see Ian Walsh's performance.

The photos make it look so perfect and easy.

The photos make it look so perfect and easy.

Dane Reynolds drew Jamie O'brien in his first heat. He asked for mercy during the Surfer Poll…

Dane Reynolds drew Jamie O'brien in his first heat. He asked for mercy during the Surfer Poll…

…but he was granted none. JOB.

…but he was granted none. JOB.

Kai Barger surfed well enough to win a few heats, but got matched up against the guy they named twice.

Kai Barger surfed well enough to win a few heats, but got matched up against the guy they named twice.

Triple Crown winner, John John Florence.

Triple Crown winner, John John Florence.

They keep thinking he can't, he keeps proving them wrong. Gabriel Medina. A legitimate 2012 World Title contender.

They keep thinking he can't, he keeps proving them wrong. Gabriel Medina. A legitimate 2012 World Title contender.

Evan Valiere dominated his way to the Quarter Finals where he was set to make $13,750. However, a little-known fact is that the ASP takes a cut of all the wildcard’s pay. A $7,000 cut. Evan netted $6,750 for his epic performance.

Evan Valiere dominated his way to the Quarter Finals where he was set to make $13,750. However, a little-known fact is that the ASP takes a cut of all the wildcard’s pay. A $7,000 cut. Evan netted $6,750 for his epic performance.

Kieren Perrow proved 2010 was no fluke and one-upped himself. Your 2011 Pipe Master.

Kieren Perrow proved 2010 was no fluke and one-upped himself. Your 2011 Pipe Master.

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9 Responses to “10 Photos: Billabong Pipe Masters”

  1. Tsuyoshi says:

    Nice to see you credit your photographers….

  2. Ruddy says:

    That 4th photo of Dane is fu#king stupid!

  3. x says:

    Not credited? It says Jimmicane took em. I would’ve like to have seen better shots of John John…

  4. Smelly Feet says:

    your staying at sunset ? the yellow house ? sweet now we know where to come barrow some camera gear.

    Is that pete taras guy there ? would love to thank him for his photo skills of third dip…

  5. rob gilley says:

    a 7,000 dollar cut? that’s bullshit!

  6. Exit98 says:

    good luck topping the nyc and sf wt lightboxes but something tells me we’ll be getting the online photographic chrissy present of all time when they post it …

  7. Exit98 says:

    ps- what gilley sez ….

  8. John Forrest says:

    Its so amazing people are so lucky for God given talents. I hope these guys wake up everyday with a thank you and a smile.

  9. Chris Hampson says:

    Sick shots jimbro! Love the one of CJ and J2 getting spit

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