Billabong Pipeline Masters Trialists Almost Decided

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades — and now, in the 2014 Billabong Pipeline Masters trials. We almost declared a champion today, and we almost declared a silver medalists to join that champion in the main event. The conditions ranged from sparky (see Joel Centio’s 10) to flat-out indolent (see 3.20 heat totals to advance!) and the surfing could do nothing but maintain a rhythm with the on-and-mostly-off waves. There were moments of glory and moments of grit (the bad kind). And when the semifinal heats seemed to feature more of the latter than the former, the call was made to hold off on the finals. And now we know four surfers who might have a chance at shattering the World Title race — we just don’t know exactly which two. Maybe close doesn’t count in the Pipe trials.

Pipe Masters Invitational Final Match-Ups:
Reef McIntosh (HAW), Jamie O’Brien (HAW), Makai McNamara (HAW), Hank Gaskell (HAW)

Men’s Pipe Masters Invitational Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Reef McIntosh (HAW) 6.83, Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 4.60, Kai Barger (HAW) 3.11, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 2.83
SF 2: Makai McNamara (HAW) 6.26, Hank Gaskell (HAW) 3.27, Landon McNamara (HAW) 2.10, Mason Ho (HAW) 1.13

Men’s Pipe Masters Invitational Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 10.40 , Reef McIntosh (HAW) 7.26, Isaiah Moniz (HAW) 6.67, Danny Fuller (HAW) 2.06
QF 2: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 9.04, Kai Barger (HAW) 7.93, Seth Moniz 7.10, Shane Dorian 4.00
QF 3: Landon McNamara (HAW) 6.66, Mason Ho (HAW) 3.20, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 1.33, Joel Centeio (HAW) 1.03
QF 4: Hank Gaskell (HAW) 15.50, Makai McNamara (HAW) 6.03, Jack Robinson (AUS) 5.33, Kalani Chapman (HAW) 2.34

Men’s Pipe Masters Invitational Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Danny Fuller (HAW) 13.00, Shane Dorian (HAW) 6.17 , Kalani David (HAW) 6.17,
Keanu Asing (HAW) 1.83
Heat 2: Jamie O’Brien (HAW)18.40, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 8.33, Alex Smith (HAW) 6.67, Olamana Eleogram (HAW) 4.00
Heat 3: Kai Barger (HAW) 7.50, Reef McIntosh (HAW) 6.00, Ian Walsh (HAW) 5.07, Sunny Garcia (HAW) 4.53,
Heat 4: Seth Moniz (HAW) 3.84, Isaiah Moniz (HAW)3.57, Granger Larsen (HAW) 1.90, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 1.90
Heat 5: Landon McNamara (HAW) 8.10, Kalani Chapman (HAW) 6.10, Billy Kemper (HAW) 5.56, Joshua Moniz (HAW) 4.14
Heat 6: Joel Centeio (HAW) 14.73, Makai McNamara (HAW) 11.13, Kaito Kino (HAW) 10.34, Kiron Jabour (HAW) 4.67
Heat 7: Hank Gaskell (HAW) 6.24, Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 5.26, Gavin Gillette (HAW) 3.67, Nathan Florence (HAW) 3.63
Heat 8: Jack Robinson (AUS) 13.50, Mason Ho (HAW) 7.64, Pancho Sullivan (HAW) 2.63, Dylan Goodale (HAW) 6.26