On the Streetz at the Billabong Pipe Masters 12/10/11
Billabong Pipe Masters: December 10, 2012: So Finally after many, many years the finals for the Big Pipeline Surfing contest occurred on a SATURDAY,which means I didn’t have to work, thus I was not going to miss this one! Typically they do the contest when the waves are the best and most of the time they’re on Weekdays. I woke up Saturday at 4:55 AM without an Alarm clock, slammed down a mini pack of Powdered instant Starbucks, grabbed my pre-packed bag of goods and headed out the door. It was simple, I put some tunes in, drove for about an hour and parked right across the street from the big meet. Totally Awesome! No driving or parking hassles at all!
The Styles and Fashions at the Pipe Contest 2011:
There are many sites on the net that talk about the surf action and I usually talk about shoes, clothes and Street-Wear, so I’ll touch on the surfing but mainly talk about the happening culture vibes from the contest.
First off, After seeing so many plaids and flannels at the Surfing Poll, I kept noticing even more and more plaids and flannels at the surf meet. Even I had on a dark grey and black flannel plaid shirt-on the beach! Although it was truly pretty cold at 630AM. Both the guys and the gals had flannels on or fun T’s. The two best T’s I noticed were: #1 a shirt that was black with white lettering that looked EXACTLY like a Sony logo’ed shirt,but it said STONEY. The Fun Surfer guys who spotted it were so funny and said “Wow Dude that is so Classic, Stony, Stoney..aaahhhh-Hah, way cool, awesome dude” That was what the surfer said word for word. I wrote it down immediatly it was so perfect! It was Almost like being in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” . #2 The Second shirt I thought was pretty happening said “FILLABONG” this was funny in a couple ways, nice play on words and pretty funny since Billabong was the main sponsor of the Pipeline Masters Contest.
The Pro Surfers this year wore colorful horizontally striped shorts that were super thin and dried really quick. This was pretty different from years before. Mainly because about 85% of them had similar shorts. Many times they wear lots of different gear. And after a couple years of the companies trying to get us to wear shorts above the knee (YUCK) the surfers and the beach goers are now back to shorts at the knee or below. (YAH!)
A bit about the Contest:
On Friday local phenom John John Florence was up against Kelly Slater and he beat him. Kelly went on to win another heat later in the day, which set up the round of the day on Saturday-the re-match of Kelly Slater vs John John Florence. From the look on the beach it seemed that John John was rippin’ it up and kickin’ Kellys behind. Kelly was even comboe’d-meaning that Kelly needed TWO not ONE good score to beat him. Kelly got one then with a few minutes left he got another. But from the vibe on the beach it still seamed the John John was going to win. But Kelly won by just a smidgin and went on to surf against Auzzie Joel Parkinson. this is where it got worse, because John John and Kelly were the ones we all came to watch and in this heat Parko beat Kelly. Which set up the finals for two “who cares about surfers” and many on the beach went home. it was still quite an exciting day in the surf with a ton of tubes and exciting rides. It’s just the coolest surfers didn’t win. And I really dig hype and was truly hoping for Kelly or John John to make it to the finals, but you know the super bowl usually has some pretty dumb teams in it too, but it’s still exciting and the two surfers that came in first and second did deserve to be there.
Fun things to do at the event:
Lindsay Lohan and her sister-Ali were at the event watching from one of the fun houses along the beach!Lindsay was looking pretty HOT but her sister looked extremely skinny! One booth had free Rockstar Energy Drinks and some motorized surfboard company was giving away really nice soft free t-shirts. And it was also nice to be able to sit out in the sun for the day.
After Jaime O’Brien lost his heat, he got on the mic and was super cool and invited us all down to his house for a dance party. So, since we’ve always wanted to go into the Volcom house but can’t seem to get by the security guards, this seemed like a great idea. It Turned out to be pretty cool. The house next to him had a 70’s type band winding down with their last three songs. then Jaime O’Brien’s house went off with some killer Dubstep and Techno which soon transformed into lots of hip hop with Ludacris, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. We sat on the beach next to all the hot girls who started to show up..nope not in bikinis, but beach clothes that looked extremely similar to club clothes-all trying to get into the various parties up and down the beach. Within an hour after the contest, the dance party was still going on inside Jaime’s house and outside on the beach with over 500 people there-mostly hot looking babes and some pro surfers, skaters and Scensters. It really was a lot of fun. we stayed for few hours then headed back to the City.
Funniest Line I heard all day:
Surfer one says to surfer two: “Hey What you doing today” Surfer two says to to surfer one: “Aah Just Chillin’ like Bob Dylan” It was so out of the blue, yet totally funny, but the two seemed to think it was pretty normal. Me I barely know who Bob Dylan is and I don’t particularly like his music much, so how do a couple 22 year olds know about him and think he’s cool. Was weird, yet very fun to hear!
The Winners of the Contest:
John John Florence won the Van’s Triple Crown of surfing!!!
The Top 8 winners at the Billabong Pipe Masters were:
John John Florence
Here’s a couple of pictures of Lindsay Lohan on the North Shore the day after the Pipe Masters-Sunday December 11, 2011:
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Here’s a picture of the Pipeline Shirt:
And here’s a picture of the shirt I got. I went to the Reef Hawaiian Pro but the waves weren’t good enough that day for the event, but I like grey and black, so this is the shirt I bought, kinda wish it was a Pipeline shirt, but it’s super comfortable and the colors are great.