Volcom Pipe Pro: first training stage of the year

The 2012 Volcom Pipe Pro is back in town. The ASP 5-Star World Qualifying Series (WQS) event will be surfed between January 23rd and February 4th. The first serious points for the world rankings are at stake.


The most dangerous waves on the planet will welcome 112 brave surfers. In the end, there's also a $130,000 USD prize money to distribute by the best wave riders.

The Volcom Pipe Pro is an extra special event for the local Hawaiian competitors. It is the only chance for non-World Tour surfers to gain entry into the prestigious Pipe Masters.

The top eight Hawaiian competitors in the Volcom Pipe Pro will be rewarded wildcard entries into the 2012 event, which is part of the Triple Crown series that wraps up the year.

Last year, the 2011 Volcom Pipe Pro was the most viewed WQS webcast of all time - held in three consecutive days of pumping Pipeline surf - with local Hawaiian, 18-year-old John Florence taking the top spot against a field of surfers almost twice his age.