In the last few weeks, the internet was screaming for it. #bruce4pipelinewildcard was all over the place… and the WSL just announced that Bruce is officially in. “I’m so honored to be given the opportunity to compete in the Pipe Masters in memory of my brother,” Bruce said. “I reached out to Kieren [Perrow] a couple of weeks ago and asked if it would be a possibility and he’s been completely open with me through this whole process.
That’s why last year, when Billabong decided not to include his name on the invitation list to the trials, Bruce was understandably upset–and so were many others. “Today is one of the lowest days of my surfing career,” Bruce wrote on Instagram, “because Billabong told me there is no room in their contest which is in memory of my brother. It was pretty messy.
Since Freddy P and Matt Banting have both withdrawn from the event, the powers that be decided to give one of the replacement spots to Bruce. “We feel like he’s certainly a worthy candidate given the form he’s in,” said Kieren Perrow.
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