With the first four rounds of the Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro presented by Senor Frogs completed in epic conditions, the tone of the event had been laid, with the Ormerod twins from Australia, Ruben Quinones (Puerto Rico), Damian King and Oshi Grady (Hawaii) all leading the way.
When the sunrise broke through on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu this morning it revealed something that would be remembered for a many days to come. The winds were light offshore and the swell was pushing three metres.
By mid morning it was an “ant-farm”, with hundreds of spectators lining the shore, all trying to get a glimpse of the best bodyboarders in the world. The focus however was on the second heat of round four when Jamie O’Brien (Hawaii) hit the water.
Thousands of online viewers joined the massive crowd on hand to witness history in the making. The kid that has turned almost as many heads as Kelly Slater taking on the worlds best bodyboarders at his home break. And he went for it.
O’Brien took some seriously big sets (as expected) and did well to hold his rail in and drive through some big tubes only to be pinched on the end sections. Former World Champion Ben Player (Australia) commended him on a job well done.
“Its so cool that Jamie had a serious dig,” Player said. “Good on the guy. He showed that he knows the place well with some perfect positioning” he added.
In the end O’Brien finished a credible third, but was unable to qualify for the next round of competition.
“I kept losing my fins,” O’Brien remarked. “I’ll be back bigger and better next year,” he stated matter-of-factly.
Moving into the second day of competition the Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro presented by Senor Frogs shows no signs of slowing, but as conditions are expected to deteriorate so organisers will make a call tomorrow at 7am.
The waiting period continues until February 27 2009 - with the best three days being used for competition.