PUPUKEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - More than 150,000 people saw epic surf at Pipeline Thursday via the Internet. Video of the Volcom Pipeline Pro was streamed live around the world.
Jamie O'Brien among those who tamed the 15 to 20 foot barrels. He advances to the third round and so does former world champ Derek Ho, proving that 45 year olds can still charge the big stuff.
They completed a round and a half today and hope to resume the contest Friday. David Wassell, who gets caught in the washing machine here, has also advanced to the third round.
"The conditions are challenging," he said. "What Pipeline likes is a long wait in between sets. We've got a close interval, so there's waves on top of waves. You look behind me, it's wave after wave after wave, there's no break in the action. So it creates a lot of turbulence in the water, a lot of current, and a lot of times, the bigger waves are breaking on the backs of others. So it keeps it challenging, keeps everyone honest."
The Volcom Pipe Pro is a World Qualifying Series event, kind of the minor leagues to the ASP World Tour.
But there is real money, $120,000, up for grabs.
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