The Volcom Pipe Pro is right in the throes of it. On Friday morning, contest organizers and competitors alike woke up, took a look out the window, and ran for the beach. Backdoor funneled over the reef in fun, clean conditions, and the surfers showed exactly what to do with it. Makuakai Rothman, especially–the big wave champ scored the first perfect 10 of the event.
“Just drop in and do the hula,” said Rothman. “I was fortunate enough to be in the right spot and God let me out of that one. Backdoor’s my spot. I love it like this, this is perfect. Hopefully, the next couple days get some big waves, and then some real Pipeline and we’ll see what happens then.”