Pipe Masters kicks off with no shortage of drama

Gabriel Medina and Julian Wilson will have to surf Round 2 to keep their world title hopes alive.

The first day of competition at the 2017 Billabong Pipe Masters saw Kelly Slater returning to the waves after a long injury that kept him out of the game since July.

The 11-time world champion won his Round 1 heat against Joan Duru and Kolohe Andino. Slater says his foot is at 65 percent, but he looks confident and comfortable in the lineup.

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Legendary surf filmmaker Bruce Brown passes away at 80

Bruce Brown, the father of the surf movie genre, has passed away in his sleep at the age of 80.

Brown was born on December 1937, in San Francisco, California, and lived his first nine years in Oakland, before moving with his family to Long Beach.

His first cinematographic experience was an 8mm short produced in 1955, while aboard a navy submarine stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. Two years later, after getting a 16mm camera from Dale Velzy, Brown returned to Hawaii to film "Slippery When Wet."

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Are you ready for the 2017 Billabong Pipe Masters?

Who will be crowned 2017 World Surf League (WSL) champion? John John Florence, Gabriel Medina, Jordy Smith or Julian Wilson?

The elite of surfing is ready to wrap up the season with one of the most anticipated events of the year. The 2017 Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons will decide the winner of the Championship Tour and the conqueror of the Triple Crown of Surfing.

Only four surfers remain in contention to claim the world surfing title, but only one athlete depends on his performance at Banzai Pipeline to raise the most prestigious trophy in the sport - John John Florence.

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