The Billabong Pipe Masters is the final stop on the ASP world tour which determines who holds the title of World Champion. Winning at Pipe can be a life-changing moment that will etch a surfer’s position in the record books as one of the undisputed best.
I wanted to know, as I’m sure many others do as well, how the best of the best prepare for the biggest, possibly most life changing contest of the year. Intense yoga asanas? Affirmations in front of the mirror? A nap? So I hit the beach during Day 1 of the Pipe Masters to see what the heat winners were doing to set them apart from the rest of the pack.
Parko, the 2012 World Champion, did not compete on Day 1 as he qualified for later rounds. So instead of asking what he did that day, I just asked his usual pre-contest routine that earned him the title of last years world champ:
Mitch is a Rising Rookie on the world tour for next year who made the cut for Pipe with a standout performance on the qualifying circuit. He will be one to watch on the world tour in 2014.
This Maui native won his heat against fellow Hawaiian Kalani Chapman. The 23-year old is sure to be a fixture in pro circuits for many years to come.
Tanner (and his beard) have the good fortune of staying in the Vans house right in front of pipeline, where the team pro can get out and check the conditions from his balcony. His morning strategy seemed to pay off, as he won his first heat against Brazillian Ricardo dos Santos. His morning warm-up?
Bede is a former Pipe Masters champion from 2007. He has rockstar status in Australia, and even in Hawaii he can’t escape the TV cameras and adoring fans shouting out his name. But he’s still a genuinely nice guy who was nice enough to tell us what he did in the morning, before winning his heat against Brazilian Jadson Andre.
Miguel is only 22 but is ranked among the top 34 in the world, having the honor of securing a spot on the 2013 world tour. He defeated fellow Brazilian Alejo Muniz with one of the best waves of the day, an 8.77 scoring wave to advance to the next round. His morning routine?
Adam was able to defeat tour veteran Damien Hobgood in his heat, which is no easy task considering Damien once held the honor of highest two-wave contest score of 19.9. But this year, Adam was able to shine with a couple excellent waves to advance to the next round. His warm up was fairly basic: