Pipeline, North Shore, Oahu, HI – (Jan. 27, 2010) – Another giant swell of 15-20-feet (wave face heights exceeding 30 feet) is cleaning out the North Shore of Oahu today, too big to be rideable at the Volcom Pipeline Pro. But the stars are aligning at Pipe and tomorrow is shaping up to produce a dramatic opening day of competition. Winds are expected to clock back around to traditional trades, the swell is forecast to drop to around 10-12 feet, and the ocean is sweeping the break clean of accumulated sand today, revealing a perfect surfing stage.
Today’s swell is expected to peak in the afternoon, then slowly diminish through tomorrow and Friday before another giant swell marches in late Saturday.
Requiring just three days of competition, the Volcom Pipeline Pro holding period continues through to February 5.
For exclusive Volcom Pipeline Pro video, photos and more, go to Transworldsurf.com.
To check out the latest conditions at Pipeline, go to Surfline.com’s Pipe cam. When competition gets underway, watch live at Volcom.com.
This is Volcom’s first ever ASP event and is a critical component of the 2010 ASP Hawaii season, offering valuable points towards World Tour qualification, as well as wildcard berths into the December Pipeline Masters.
Volcom has always been dedicated to Hawaii – from supporting a team of world-class Hawaiian athletes and ambassadors, to giving back to the community through local charitable events, sponsorships and organizations. The Volcom Pipeline Pro is Volcom’s next step in their commitment to Hawaii.
In Hawaii, Oceanic Time Warner cable 250 or 1250 will carry live coverage. FUEL TV will also air a 30-minute wrap up show in America, Australia and Portugal at the conclusion of the event – details to be announced shortly.
To check surf forecasts for the event, visit Surfline.com – the official forecaster of the Volcom Pipeline Pro. Mahalo also to Transworld Surf and Electric for helping to bring this event to life.
Media requests for courtesy digital images and news footage should be directed to Jodi Wilmott, Ocean Promotion.