Billabong Pipeline Masters kicks off
Saturday was the first day of the Billabong Pipeline Masters waiting period and also day one of competition. This would be the second year in a row the Pipeline went on the first day of the waiting period, and boy how it went!
The morning first call to run or not was at 7 a.m., with the call to hold for next call at 8 a.m., and with still very little showing from the incoming swell everyone was on the fence if it would run. But as 10 a.m. hit, so did the waves. The ocean went from 5- to 6-foot to 8- to 10-foot within the hour and the call was for an 11 a.m. start. The first few heats did have it slow with a few sets rolling through in the 8-foot range, but right around the 1 p.m. hour sets stacked to the horizon.
Orange County's Kolohe Andino moved on beating Tyler Newton in his round one heat. Andino stayed busy with a high wave count putting it all on the line pulling into lefts and the Back Door rights. Pat Gudauskas of San Clemente did not fair as well as Andino and went down to the Hawaiian Waterman Shane Dorian.
Sunday will be an early start as this swell will peak by midday, expect to see waves bigger than Saturday and in the 10-foot plus range. If you have Time Warner Cable, you can watch it live. Check your local listings for the channel in your area. If you do not have Time Warner, you can watch it streaming live on the Web: http://vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com/billabongpipemasters2012