PIPE teased the first Volcom Pipe Pro lei day. Initially calling in with a spot of inconsistent morning sickness, a building swell meant the afternoon was all change.
"This is not California" often gets spat out as a pejorative phrase describing your mushy home break failing to live up to yearnings of sunshine and perfect waves. From Dave Wassel (the man making the call) it's a marker laid in the sand to say don't bring your normal standards of what 'is' and what's 'not' to the North Shore, we'll tell you when it's good enough to run a comp here.
To run the Volcom Pipeline Pro they're looking for eight contestable waves at 6ft plus Hawaiian during a heat's span and Monday morning didn't deliver the consistency or the wow factor. "You want to know deep down in your heart it's on without even guessing." Said Dave.
By midday it was pumping and the forecast looks promising enough for Volcom to take the luxury of ignoring an epic afternoon. So what's going on? Last year they scored heavily on the swell front and this year they are predicted to do the same. In contrast, the Billabong Pipeline Masters hasn't had it that great for the last couple of years. Have they just got lucky two years in a row or is the end of January a better window for swell?
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