Bruce Irons: barrel boy | Photo: Volcom/Bielmann

Bruce Irons wants to win the 2015 Volcom Pipe Pro, at Banzai Pipeline. The Hawaiian dominated the first round of competition held in 10-to-15 foot barrels.

Irons, 35, competed in a special 40-minute wildcard heat against Gavin Beschen, Alex Gray, Kawai Lindo, JD Irons, Kaimana Henry, Derek Ho and Makua Rothman. With a near-perfect 9-point ride at Backdoor, Bruce stole the highest score of the day.

"I want to win this contest. I want to win again out here. I want to win the Pipe Masters. I want to get in the Pipe Masters. I want to win, period, and out here is the place I want to do it. That's why I'm here," declared Irons.

"Pipeline has been my favorite wave since I was a young kid growing up. Something about this wave is amazing. It's a mesmerizing wave. I love it. I liked the one-wave format [of the one-off wildcard heat]. You're out there with a bunch of friends, and you just want to get the best wave. All or nothing. Balls to the wall. I like it."

The all-Hawaiian Round of 112 put eight surfers in Round 3. Standouts included local daredevil Jamie O'Brien, along with Brazil's Hizunome Bettero. Makai McNarmara controlled the Backdoor barrels while Reef Macintosh threw down the highest total heat score of the day with a total of 14.40.

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