- 27 January 2011 | Surfing
The day of the German, the perfect 10 and the iconic Hanalei pro surfer. That's was the picture of the second round of pumping waves of the 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro, surfed in 6-8 foot Hawaiian rides.
Nic Von Rupp, Ian Walsh and Bruce Irons were the standouts of Banzai Pipeline. The half German, half Portuguese surfer goes through his heat in first place, with a good scores, beating Sion Milosky (HI), Nils Schweizer (USA) and Casey Brown (HI).
Ian Walsh was flawless. Surfing with 12 stitches in his ankle, Walsh threw a perfect 10. "I just got one big lucky pump without grabbing (rail) which kind of gave me more room to pump, and it just stayed open and I came out happy. It’s my first perfect 10 in this contest or any event in Hawaii, so I’m psyched", said Walsh.
Bruce Irons found himself in a world of his own in the barrel of Backdoor. So much so that he had no idea that his only real score – a nine – was the best wave ridden in his heat and more than enough to move him forward in the competition. He disappeared off into the free-surfing lineup after the heat, looking like he needed a moment alone.
"I haven’t really surfed a contest (lately) and it felt good. The reality I came out to was I lost. But it’s only a contest and I don’t really do them anymore." At this point, Bruce was informed that he had actually advanced. "No, I don’t think I did. I got a 9 and a zero, maybe a 1. Really?! I thought I lost! I was just staying out there blowing off steam!"
Jamie O’Brien prepares to make his first appearance here. The US mainland contingent is still strong, including Timmy Reyes, Chris Ward, Cory Lopez, Damien Hobgood, and Dane Gudauskas. Wave heights are expected to drop tomorrow before a new swell starts filling in on Friday. Regardless, organizers will assess the conditions at 7am each morning.