Volcom Pipe Pro
Solid swell forecast for Thursday, but winds don't look so good
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 January, 2018 - The Volcom Pipe Pro is OFF for day 1 of the holding window, Monday, January 29, due to marginal 2-4ft. NNE swell on hand at Backdoor with light variable winds forecasted to go side/onshore this afternoon.
"We are seeing less than ideal conditions at Backdoor and have decided to wait for better and bigger surf to kick off the Volcom Pipe Pro," said WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Tour Manager, Marty Thomas. "The long range swell forecast looks more promising; we will come back again tomorrow morning to assess conditions and determine a call."
A new pulse of primary N swell with secondary WNW swell mixing in is expected for Tuesday and Wednesday and Surfline is calling for waves in the 4-8ft. range, however a new/solid WNW-NW looks likely to move in on Thursday and produce larger surf in the 10-15ft. range. Kona winds (S/SW) are expected to persist through Sunday.
Once competition kicks off, Round 1 (Round of 144) will feature 32 of the WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui region's finest including big wave standouts Makuakai Rothman, Kai Lenny and Ian Walsh, Pipeline specialists Nathan Florence and Kai Mana Henry and a bevvy of upstarts such as Noa Mizuno, Ryder Guest and Kainehe Hunt. The expanded format sees a fourth day added and 32 slots gained for athletes looking to get a jump start on 2018 with 3,000 points to their rankings and a share of the $75,000 prize purse.
For press moving forward, a morning alert will only be distributed when competition is called ON, followed by a link to VNR, official press release and image gallery.
The 2018 Volcom Pipe Pro will run on the four biggest and best days of surf within the holding period, determined by contest officials, and will be broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, the free WSL app, Volcom.com/pipepro and RedBull.tv/volcompipepro. Tune into Spectrum SURF Channel for live and replay television coverage of the event on 250 and 1250 HD across the state of Hawaii.