The surfing was mindblowing today at the World’s premier Surfing amphitheater, but the stars of the show were without doubt Pipeline and Backdoor, the waves that put on a flawless spectacle for what was touted as the best day of the winter so far.
There were so many stand out performances today that it is impossible to highlight them all, but with 3 perfect 10s and so many rides in the excellent range, it was a day of surfing to remember. What better way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational…..
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All photos credit: Pete Hodgson
Jamie O’Brien ended up at the top of the leaderboard after the first 2 rounds of action today with an impressive 28.57 out of a possible 30 based on his best 3 waves out of the 2 rounds of competition. This included one of the 3 perfect 10s of the day, a 9.57 and an 8.77, as Jamie once again asserted himself as one of Pipeline’s favorite sons.
With a lead of just 0.5 points, Jamie will be looking to consolidate on his position in Round 3, as it seems sure he will advance through to the Round of 16 for the final two showdowns of this Da Hui Shootout format.
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Bruce Irons paddled out at Pipeline today looking relaxed and as if he had not skipped a beat, posting some of the highest scores of the day as he climaxed in Round 2 with a perfect 10, threading a perfect and long backdoor barrel.
With a 9.3 and an 8.77 to back up his perfect 10, he is just 0.5 behind Jamie O’Brien, looking certain to advance through to the Round of 16.
Once there, it will be starting from scratch, as Bruce will look to score more perfect barrels and to stake his claim as one of the best barrel riders on the planet.
Stauy tuned for day 2 of the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational and make sure to check out the highlights from today’s action by CLICKING HERE
Mason Ho set the bar in Round one heat one, with an impressive attack at both Pipeline and Backdoor, truly living up to his family name and legacy out at this world famous wave.
Securing one of the 3 perfect 10s of the day, Mason currently sits in 3rd place in the leaderboard after the first 2 rounds, putting him in an almost untouchable position for advancing through to the Round of 16, where it will all start again.
Mason showcased a calm and collected approach to his surfing today, benefiting from the time he has invested out at both Pipeline and Backdoor and putting on one of the most impressive displays of the day in the simply amazing conditions.
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It was such a positive day down at Pipeline today, as these phenomenal athletes gathered for the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout with a completely different vibe from regular competition. While everyone was putting on their A Game, the spirit of camaraderie, friendship and mutual celebration was all encompassing, as athletes headed out to compete with team mates and friends in a celebration of surfing at its best in the sport’s ultimate playground.
I can’t help thinking that Duke Kahanamoku would have been proud watching over what went down today, as a remarkable display of surfing prowess and Aloha was shared by all.
Stay tuned for next chapter of this Da Hui Backdoor Shootout in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational with the next call set for 7am tomorrow (Sunday) morning. We will be LIVE once again when competition resumes at www.watermanleague.com & www.dahuishootout.com
For any press and media contact regarding this special Backdoor Shootout as the 50th Anniversary of the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational, please see contact details below:
- PR: Mahina Chillingworth: Tel: 808.368.7749 / Email mahina@dahui. com
- Waterman League & Live Broadcas Team: Tristan Boxford: 808 269 4515 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Websites: www.watermanleague.com / www.dahuishootout.com