- 04 February 2014 | Surfing
Evan Geiselman stood out in the Round of 64 of the Volcom Pipe Pro 2014, held in solid 10-foot barrels, at Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii.
The surfer from New Smyrna Beach, Florida, eliminated defending event champion John John Florence with a total heat score of 18.53 out of 20 points.
"I got that first one and I saw that it sparked everyone's eyes. Then (Parker) got his and we just kind of put the pressure on John, and not having priority... it's tough," says Geiselman.
Kelly Slater pulled a late double barrel ride at Backdoor to save his heat. Fortunately, the first half of the ride earned enough points to edge him through with a total of only 10.6 points.
"When you don't have that priority phase in your heat, you don't have the freedom to take off and line up where you want. Some waves maybe you want to ease into, some waves you maybe want to take a deep line across it," underlines Slater.
"There are a lot of variables when there are four guys in the lineup. It's just a different game. It's equally fair, but it's equally tough for everyone".
Brent Dorrington also advanced to Round of 32, despite suffering the worst wipeout of the day. "I wasn't quite out as far as I wanted to be but I was going anyway."
"After I stroked a few paddles into it I knew I was a bit too late, so when I jumped off it felt like I was jumping off a 10-foot building... it felt like forever. I came up unscarred so I'm stoked. I just want to get through and make the finals", concludes Dorrington.
Volcom Pipe Pro 2014 | Round of 64 Results:
H1: Olamana Eleogram; Fred Patacchia; Bino Lopes (BRA); Dege O'Connell.
H2: Tanner Gudauskas (USA); Brent Dorrington (AUS); Jesse Mendes (BRA); Joel Centeio
H3: David Do Carmo (BRA); Dusty Payne; Adrien Toyon (FRA); Cristobal De Col (PER)
H4: Mitchel Coleborn (AUS); Leandro Usuna (ARG); Keanu Asing; Ian Gentil
H5: Nathan Yeomans (USA); Kalani David; Lucas Silveira (BRA); Sidney Guimaraes (BRA)
H6: Charles Martin (GLP); Conner Coffin (USA); Dylan Goodale; Alex Smith
H7: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA); Krystian Kymerson (BRA); Makai McNamara; Thiago Camarao (BRA)
H8: Chris Ward (USA); Kelly Slater (USA); Alex Gray (USA); Luke Davis (USA)
H9: Evan Geiselman (USA); Parker Coffin (USA); Michael February (ZAF); John John Florence
H10: Kaito Kino; Maxime Huscenot (FRA); Billy Kemper; Tim Reyes (USA)
H11: Damien Hogbood (USA); Torrey Meister; Joan Duru (FRA); Mikey Bruneau
H12: Kaito Ohashi (JPN); Brian Toth (PRico); Jean Da Silva (BRA); Makuakai Rothman
H13: Jamie O'Brien; Guillermo Satt (CHL); Ezekiel Lau; Dale Staples (ZAF)