Pipe Masters Invitational finds four finalists

December 10, 2014 | Surfing
Jamie O'Brien: pitted and filming | Photo: ASP/KC

Jamie O'Brien, Reef McIntosh, Hank Gaskell, or Makai McNamara? The best two surfers of the Men's Pipe Masters Invitational will be awarded wildcards into the 2014 Billabong Pipe Masters.

The format is new and almost fully reserved to the Hawaiian contingent. The four finalists of the Men's Pipe Masters Invitational have been decided in classic Banzai Pipeline tubes. Two athletes will take on Gabriel Medina and Mick Fanning in Round 1.

A total of 32 surfers competed in the Trials. Joel Centeio posted the only Perfect 10 of the day for an incredibly deep tube at Backdoor Pipe. Not bad for a retired pro surfer.

"That wave came, and it kind of swung more towards Ehukai side, and I saw it doubling up. The takeoff was so late, and that barrel was so throaty. I pushed off the bottom, and it was going so fast and then I felt the spit, and I knew I had to kind of doggy door it," explained Centeio.

Jamie O'Brien was in superb form. The former Pipe Masters' champion showed why he understands this wave like no one.

"To be honest, I've really been looking forward to this event. I've been real stress-free. I think the competitors are looking at me like, 'Oh I have to surf against Jamie'. But I'm looking at them like, 'Oh I have to surf against all these great surfers'," notes O'Brien.

"These guys all surf Pipe all the time and it's a great field of surfers in the trials. It's going to be a showdown, whoever gets the best waves will be in the main event."

Pipe Masters Invitational | Final Matchups:
Reef McIntosh (HAW), Jamie O'Brien (HAW), Makai McNamara (HAW), Hank Gaskell (HAW)

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