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