Chris Ward: finding the perfect surf line at the Volcom Pipe Pro | Photo: Noyle/Red Bull

The 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro is ready to go. The world's most famous barreling wave is ready to kick off the competitive season with its classic and challenging conditions.

The first Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 event of the season runs from January 29 through February 10, at Banzai Pipeline, in Hawaii.

Last year, Kelly Slater secured his second Volcom Pipe Pro title with a surprising performance in the first contest of the year. The event has become a reference, and it somehow works as a demanding warm-up for the rest of the season.

The 8th annual edition of the Volcom Pipe Pro has 3,000 QS points and $75,000 for the winner, but there will be many talented and experienced surfer chasing the trophy.

John John Florence is the athlete with the most number of victories in the competition. The 2015 world surfing champion won the Volcom Pipe Pro four times, and he doesn't plan to stop.

The 2017 Volcom Pipe Pro will continue to work with sustainability as one its main core values. In 2016, World Surf League considered it the most ocean-friendly event of the season.

The contest will be broadcasted by Red Bull TV, confirming that the energy drinks company continues its takeover of pro surfing.

Volcom Pipe Pro | List of Winners

2016: Kelly Slater
2015: John John Florence
2014: Kelly Slater
2013: John John Florence
2012: John John Florence
2011: John John Florence
2010: Jamie O'Brien

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