The first female surfing championship tour event in the Hawaii pipeline begins

History was made on Sunday. Surfers Sally Fitzgibbons, Courtney Conlogue and Molly Picram paddle out in the first heat of the first Women’s Billabong Pro pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Previously, this leg of the Women’s Championship Tour was held in Honolua Bay on Maui, but now women have the opportunity to join men on one of the most challenging and relentless breaks on the tour.

In the second heat of Sunday, Hawaiian Maria Manuel made more history by threading a clean barrel at the backdoor, breaking the right side with a pipe, and then becoming the first woman to win 8.17 at the event. World Surf League (WSL) reported.

“To be honest, I was very stressed. I wanted to catch some waves and just roll the ball to mitigate it,” Manuel said.

She said it was her first real winter surfing pipeline, but she spent a lot of time and said she had excellent crew and great support.

Not only are the waves intimidating, but the crowds in the pipeline can be intimidating as well, and Manuel said it’s really hard to make waves for practice.

“So it doesn’t matter how much time you spend there, sometimes it all comes down to being in the right place,” she said.

With world champion Carissa Moore HIC Pipe Pro Winner Moana Jones Wong said she has been a regular surf spot since she was 18 years old.

“I started pipe surfing when I was 12, and I’ve been here consistently since I was 18,” Wong said.

“Surfing with Carissa encourages me to be better because she is the best in the world. I respect her and want to surf as well as she can.”

Australia’s two-time world champion Tyler Wright also moved on to the next round after scoring the highest score in the opening round. Her two best waves, two backdoor barrels, have a total score of 11.83.

“The most exciting thing for me this year is to meet all the newcomers,” Wright said.

“It’s been a long time since I had such a fresh look on the tour. I’m impressed just by seeing how they came and made the most of it. I participated in this sport and now this I find it wonderful to be a woman who participates in sports. “

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Western Australian surfer Jack Robinson pulls into a deep barrel on January 12, 2022, on the third day of a Duffy backdoor shootout at the pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii (via Getty Images). BRIAN BIELMANN / Photo by AFP)

Meanwhile, in the men’s opening round, Australian Goofy footers Connor O’Leary and Owen Wright comfortably with a double overhead pipe barrel with a gap, similar to Hawaiian John John Florence, Baron Mamiya and Sesmonis, who won 17.13. I saw. Two best waves, 16.67 and 16.44 respectively.

However, Australia’s Jack Robinson stole the show, became deeper than anyone else in the backhand pipe barrel, scored two 9s and above, and recorded the highest total of 18.67 for the event so far.

“It’s easy to look at the situation and get too excited today, so I was just trying to calm down,” Robinson said.

“I try not to think too much and enjoy every moment of competition there.”

However, Robinson ran for his money, with 11th World Champion Kelly Slater charging the backdoor and scoring 16.57 in the same heat.

The event is set to continue on Mondays and, if the waves allow, there is a time frame available until February 10th.

Steve Milne