Gummy Bears – Day One of the Pipe Masters, from the notebook of Sean Doherty

Gummy Bears – Day One of the Pipe Masters, from the notebook of Sean Doherty

We’ve had broken bones, personal heartbreak, last-second World Title waves, inevitable controversies, rabid crowds…but most of all, there’ve been waves. Pipeline waves. Real ones.

Five out of a hundred would have been fair, and all you can say is thank the lord that John John’s World Title was won and done two months ago at the Portuguese Pipeline.

If he’d somehow lost the World Title in waves like yesterday’s, they would have been flipping cars in the streets of Haleiwa.

If he’d somehow lost the World Title in waves like this, they would have been flipping cars in the streets of Haleiwa.

The Tour’s walking hard-luck story – if you listen to him – has always got something working against him, and yesterday, it was Kelly (Bloody Jimmy! ), not only shutting Kai’s wave down with priority, but then launching straight into a long, long floater, the kind that went out of fashion early in the millennium.

Read more here: Surfer Mag

Gummy Bears   Day One of the Pipe Masters, from the notebook of Sean Doherty surf photo  Gummy Bears   Day One of the Pipe Masters, from the notebook of Sean Doherty surf photo  Gummy Bears   Day One of the Pipe Masters, from the notebook of Sean Doherty surf photo

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