Pipeline Must Approve of the Backdoor Shootout


Pipeline post-Christmas is often a better time to run a surf contest than before the festive period. Making that point in exemplary fashion the Backdoor Shootout kicked off rounds 1 and 2 in perfect barrels.
"After so many howling onshore days it was good to see the calm weather return with a vengeance this morning." Sean Davey told us "Beautiful glassy conditions with variable breezes and a solid 6 to 10ft west-nor-west swell showed Pipe in all her glory. A real gem of a day.

This year’s format had entire teams together in a single heat, because like the Eddie Aikau contest, it’s a progressive total. Some of the best rides of the morning went to Jamie O'Brien, Billy Kemper, Koa and Makua Rothman, along with rising Hawaiian star, Mason Ho, who bagged a brace at beautiful Pipe and Backdoor. Local lifeguard Dave Wassel also scored some insane rides in some of the better looking Pipe that I’ve laid eyes on this season."

Splits
Splits
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Water photogs
Water photogs
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Dave Wassel
Dave Wassel
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Mason Ho
Mason Ho
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Makua Rothman
Makua Rothman
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Leonardo Fioravanti
Leonardo Fioravanti
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Landon McNamara
Landon McNamara
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Mason Ho
Mason Ho
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Danny Fuller
Danny Fuller
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Koa Rothman
Koa Rothman
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Mason Ho
Mason Ho
© 2015 - Sean Davey

That man JOB
That man JOB
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Dingo Morrison
Dingo Morrison
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Dave Wassel
Dave Wassel
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Bourez
Bourez
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Billy Kemper
Billy Kemper
© 2015 - Sean Davey

The Duke overseeing everytthing
The Duke overseeing everytthing
© 2015 - Sean Davey

The roll in
The roll in
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Leonardo Fioravanti
Leonardo Fioravanti
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Eyes on the prize
Eyes on the prize
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Tough crowd
Tough crowd
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Peanut gallery
Peanut gallery
© 2015 - Sean Davey

Team talk:
Team talk: "Just slot the biggest barrel" Easy.
© 2015 - Sean Davey

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