Mason Ho: rail game | Photo: Pete Hodgson/Waterman League

Mason Ho claimed the 2015 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout In Memory of Duke Kahanamoku, held at Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii.

After three rounds of amazing tube rides, only the best wave masters got their checks. The early rounds were surfed in perfect eight-foot Pipeline. Multiple perfect ten scores were thrown across the leaderboard.

The Da Hui Backdoor Shootout is a special surfing contest, with a format that could only be run in the Hawaiian Islands. If you're a surfing fan, you've got to get to the beach to watch the pros. Forget social networks announcements, SMS or flashy news headlines.

The final decision was a tough one to make. Event winner Mason Ho and bronze medallist Bruce Irons ended up with just 0.75 points separating them. Jamie O'Brien, a former conqueror of the Pipeline Masters, Pipe Pro and Backdoor Shootout, finished runner-up.

"The waves were perfect and blue. Any time I lose my board, or when I think I am going to die, I think of Duke Kahanamoku. It happened a few times. I don't know what that is all about, but he's definitely one of my heroes," expressed Ho.

The final fourth round of the 2015 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout was called off, so only three rounds were counted for the rankings.