As he extied behind the spit he threw the bird to the judges eyeballing them with a steely glare having just manufactured a perfect 10 and a win. Talk about redemption! “It’s the first contest I’ve won in two years so it feels good,” said Kelly as he was chaired to the podium beaming like a glowworm.
Instead it was a left to a mix of QS journeyman, rookies and teenage phenon Jack Robinson and Soli Bailey to fly the Australian flag. Since when did surfing perfect Pipe with four guys fall off the next gen’s radar?
This was the most commanding he’s been in years and makes you wonder what would happen if each event were held in flawless waves. “That is what you grow up dreaming up of at Pipeline,” he added in awe of the perfection unloading behind camera on second reef.
It was 8-12 foot Pipe and dizzyingly flawless as Kelly, Jamie O, Bruce Irons and Makai McNamara put on a show.
Watching Makai McNamara fall head first on a 12-footer at Pipe was both sickening and awesome.
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