Major Swell headed for Banzai Pipeline, Volcom Pipe Pro

2015 Volcom Pipe Pro winner John John Florence. (Image Credit: Ben Reed)

A monster swell with wave face heights of up to 50 feet will coincide with the start of this Thursday’s Volcom Pipe Pro – a World Surf League (WSL) QS3,000 rated event – at the Banzai Pipeline.

The Volcom Pipe Pro is a prestigious event that draws an array of talent each year – ranging from top juniors like Griffin Colapinto (USA), 17, and Noa Mizuno (HAW) 17; to Pipeline specialists like Jamie O’Brien (HAW) and Bruce Irons (HAW); and star WSL Championship Tour (CT) surfers like Kelly Slater (USA) and John John Florence (HAW).

Known to provide peak winter swells for exceptional barrel riding, all the drama of the Volcom Pipe Pro will be delivered via Live webcast at, as well as Live local television on Hawaii’s Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s channel 250 and digital 1250.

In addition to the event’s own awards, top performers here will earn a berth in the Pipe Invitational in December that will determine two wildcard spots into the year-end Pipe Masters. Additionally, the inaugural Todd Chesser Hard Charger Sportsmanship Award will be offered to the standout charger of the event, that commemorates North Shore big wave surfer Todd Chesser.

Beyond the surf, Volcom has teamed up with environmental non-profit Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii to screen three films during the Volcom Pipe Pro. The movies will be played in Sustainable Coastline’s ‘Education Station’, which is a 20-foot mobile container that opens up into a classroom.

Films will be FREE to the public following each contest day and will be located at Waihuena Farm, across Kamehameha Highway from Pipeline. The movie lineup includes ‘Psychic Migrations’, ‘Magna Plasm’ and ‘True to This’, starting at 6:30pm. These will be picnic style movie screenings, so pack a blanket or a lawn chair.

Source: WSL