PUPUKEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The wave at Pipeline is fast, powerful and when water sucks up the face of the wave, the trough below becomes dangerously shallow.
None of that seemed to bother Jamie O'Brien Monday as he won his third Volcom Pipeline Pro.
The surf was about six feet on the Hawaiian scale.
Third place went to Mark Matthews of Australia. In second place, tucking into a barrel is Andy Walsh, also from the land down under.
But your champ is Jamie O'Brien. He grew up on the North Shore, lives in Haleiwa, his dad was a lifeguard.
The 26 year old is so comfortable at Pipeline, he's won the event three times.
His prize was a free ride up the beach and $16,000.
"Sometimes you get lucky, I got lucky, I squeaked through some heats," O'Brien said. "I don't know how I made some heats but I squeaked through. I knew something was coming. I didn't know if it was going to be today or next week or next year, so I'm just kind of stoked that I won this event. This is the most beautiful trophy that I ever got. I'm so stoked."
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