Kelly Slater has won the 2014 Volcom Pipe Pro, with perhaps an even more dominant display than his seventh Pipe Masters victory just under two months ago.
In his opening heat in the Round of 32, Kelly dropped from the sky on a gurgling left, then managed to catch his rail before weaving through a no-hands backhand tube (see above) to claim the event’s first perfect 10. Earlier in the encounter the eleven-time world champ started his scoring with a crazy Backdoor bomb that had commentators comparing Kelly’s performance to the Winter Olympics because of all the froth on the face.
Check out Kelly’s superhuman display in these highlights from his first heat below.
Nobody would bet against Kelly after that performance, and he continued his dominance all the way to the final and ultimate victory.
With Kelly in the final were Brazil’s Wiggolly Dantas and Adriano de Souza, as well as Hawaiian Mason Ho – who was absolutely charging.
Mason Ho pigdogs a drainer at Pipe.
Making the final day of competition was Durban’s Davey van Zyl. The New Pier local was up against it by drawing three experienced and hard-charging Hawaiians in the Round of 64, and unfortunately finished his heat in fourth. But Davey put on a brave performance considering it was his first time in Hawaii and he had only arrived a few days earlier – to absolutely macking Pipe.
Here are some highlights from Davey’s second heat ever at Pipe:
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