Billy Kemper was awarded a five for this all-or-nothing beast of a closeout.
Kemper, in a more manageable position.
Bruce Irons came out of the gates with an eight and a nine before anyone else had caught a wave. And on a 6’8 quad in maxing Pipeline.
Bruce, calm and collected at Pipe.
Dane Gudauskas in a compromising situation.
Dean Morrison begins his set-up bottom turn.
Morrison putting his pig-dog skills to the test.
Ezekiel Lau pumps the breaks on a Pipeline beauty.
Lau getting tubed and eyeing the exit.
Ezekiel Lau getting donuts while his board does a floater.
Flynn Novak on a classic Pipeline bomb.
Flynn gets barreled as fellow Hawaiian Jamie O gives props.
Dane Gudauskas, hard off the bottom.
Fellow Gudauskas brother, Tanner, calm and collected.
Tanner looking a lot like Mark Healey with this bottom turn.
During this heat Tanner took a nasty wipeout to the tune of a few staples to the head. He did manage to redeem himself with this bomb.
Gavin Gillette, deep and holding on for dear life.
Josh Kerr on a bomb that he did make.
Kerr, along with many other competitors, fell victim to Pipe’s claws.
Kai Barger has gotten his fair share of Pipeline beauties this season. Here, he snags another.
Mason Ho is the most entertaining Pipe surfer this season, combining style and bravado like no one else.
Nils Schweizer had an all or nothing heat that unfortunately did not see him advancing.
Nils again, going for the glory.
The 2012 Volcom Pipe Pro, going down in the best waves of the season.
The North Shore lifeguards have their work cut out for them.
Pipeline, the beautiful beast.
With maxing Pipe sending competitors through the ringer, many perfect ones were left to be mind surfed.
Off The Wall, living up to its reputation as the scariest stretch of reef in the world.
Ezekiel Lau showing his Hawaiian ink on the paddle back out.
The Hawaiian coast guard getting a bird’s-eye-view of the action.
Another Pipe macker sneaks through the lineup without any takers.
The treacherous Pipeline peak.