Da Hui Backdoor Shootout: it's all about the barrel | Photo: APP

Koa Rothman has taken out the 2017 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout, in Pipeline, Hawaii.

It might be one of the most low-key surf contests in the world, but its participants are no strangers to Banzai Pipeline. The rashguard-free, invite-only event once again had a stellar roster of local tube riders.

The 2017 edition of the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout had its dose of drama - courtesy of Kalani Chapman, who almost drowned - and outstanding waves for shortboard and stand-up paddleboard surfing. Four days of incredible performances.

The elevator drop conditions sent many riders to the floor, but there were many flawless deep barrels being ridden above Pipeline's shallow reef. The Backdoor was an option, although not always offering a valid exit.

In the end, there could only be one winner. And the history books will remember Koa Rothman for his remarkable performance in the Hawaii's most famous surf gem.

Rothman has probably ridden the best wave of the winter season, after successfully coming out of a huge barrel.

Australian waterman Keahi De Aboitiz won the SUP division; Bruce Irons, Mason Ho, Nathan Fletcher, and Tyler Newton (Team Weed Maps) ended up winning the team competition.

2017 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout | Results

Surf
1. Koa Rothman (HAW)

SUP
1. Keahi De Aboitiz (AUS)
2. Mo Freitas (HAW)
3. Kai Lenny (HAW)
4. Bullet Obra (HAW)
5. Nolan Keaulana (HAW)
6. Robin Johnston (HAW)
7. Pomai Hoapili (HAW)
8. Kainoa McGee (HAW)

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