Let’s start from the top and work our way down. Zeke Lau, Makai McNamara and Jamie O’Brien were the three surfers who rose to the occasion during the perfect swell at the 2016 Volcom Pipe Pro and dropped matching perfect 10s. Two of ‘em made the final, an obvious correlation there, and all three showed us surf fans what perfection at Pipe looks like.
Of course, it’d be greedy to say that anything less than a 10 didn’t do the trick for those of us on the beach or tuned into Red Bull TV. Across the course of the event, the volume of waves surfed in the good- to-excellent range was pretty preposterous, without a hint of criticism for over-scoring being lobbed at the judging booth. The waves set the bar high and the surfers rose to the occasion – that’s how we ended up with 1m 30s of eights and above to show you.
Press play up top to bask in the top-heavy highlights from last year before setting your sights on this year’s main event. Rational thinking would say we should manage our expectations for 2017 — nothing could top this, right? Well, Pipeline and the Volcom Pipe Pro don’t give a damn about rational thought. Here’s to 2017 one-upping all this.
Tune in to Red Bull TV to watch the Volcom Pipe Pro from now through to the end of the waiting period on February 10 live from the North Shore of Oahu.