Articles tagged with "Jamie O’Brien"

Dream Day for Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro

Posted by: on February 25th, 2009

 

Dave Hubbard (Australia) hooks into one of the best waves of the day.

Dave Hubbard (Australia) hooks into one of the best waves of the day.

 

 

North Shore, Oahu; Hawaii — After five days on hold, competition resumed at the Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro, as the gods smiled upon the world’s best in epic conditions at Pipe.

With perfect three metre feet sets wrapping along the famed reef, it was evident that competitors were in for something special, as the swell pounded the hallowed coastline.
 
With a large crowd on hand, the event started with round five; and from the get go the seeded surfers set a blistering pace.
 
Damien King (Australia), Toby Player (Australia) and Rueben Quinones (Puerto Rico) were the standout’s of the round taking giant drops and scooping perfectly into the massive barrels with style and finesse.
 
“Its so perfect out there, I am just having fun,” said Player.
 
“I just want to make it through as many heats as possible so I can surf big, empty Pipe with three other guys,” he proclaimed, with a massive smile.
 
With officials, spectators and competitors  all reeling from the previous round’s electrifying action, round six took the event to a whole new level.  
 
Alistar Taylor (South Africa), Dave Crowley (Australia), Spencer Skipper (Hawaii) and Gustao Entrudo (Portugal) blew minds with a combination of high-flying moves and deep tube rides.
 
Skipper, on his opening ride, drilled his head into the reef and came up with his face in tatters. 
 
However, the highlight of the day was the amazing comeback of former childhood prodigy Garth McGregor (Newcastle, Australia). 

As a youngster McGregor was touted as a potential world champion, but he decided that he wanted to chase big waves instead of the fame and glory of the world tour.
 
“Its been almost 10 years since I was last in Hawaii” said McGregor.

“I’ve been hanging for that heat for a long time and that first wave was just what I needed. After that I could relax a bit and just surf.”
 
“Its good to get the first heat out of the way” said the humble McGregor.
 
The event now moves into the third and final day of the contest, which starts with the IBA top 16 taking on the inform qualifiers in round eight, followed by the opening rounds of the LMNOP Drop Knee Invitational.
 
Forecasters are all calling for another perfect day with a bigger swell predicted.

Competitors will be on standby from tomorrow morning for a possible 8am start.

The waiting period  continues until February 27 2009 – with the best three days being used for competition.
 
The Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro presented by Senor Frogs is being webcast at www.ibaworldtour.com/live 
 
For more information be sure to log onto www.ibaworldtour.com

Jamie O’Brien surfs Pipe contest…on a bodyboard

Posted by: on February 19th, 2009
Jamie O'Brien bodyboards Pipe!

Jamie O'Brien bodyboards Pipe!

press release:
Pipe fires on day one as Jamie O’Brien lights up the Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro presented by Senor Frogs

(North Shore, Oahu; Hawaii – Wednesday, 18 February 2009): All the indicators pointed towards an incredible day at Pipeline for the first day of the Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro presented by Senor Frogs – what resulted did not disappoint.

With the first four rounds of the Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro presented by Senor Frogs completed in epic conditions, the tone of the event had been laid, with the Ormerod twins from Australia, Ruben Quinones (Puerto Rico), Damian King and Oshi Grady (Hawaii) all leading the way.

When the sunrise broke through on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu this morning it revealed something that would be remembered for a many days to come.

The winds were light offshore and the swell was pushing three metres.

By mid morning it was an “ant-farm”, with hundreds of spectators lining the shore, all trying to get a glimpse of the best bodyboarders in the world.

The focus however was on the second heat of round four when Jamie O’Brien (Hawaii) hit the water.

Thousands of online viewers joined the massive crowd on hand to witness history in the making.

The kid that has turned almost as many heads as Kelly Slater taking on the worlds best bodyboarders at his home break.

And he went for it.

O’Brien took some seriously big sets (as expected) and did well to hold his rail in and drive through some big tubes only to be pinched on the end sections.

Former World Champion Ben Player (Australia) commended him on a job well done.

“Its so cool that Jamie had a serious dig,” Player said.

“Good on the guy. He showed that he knows the place well with some perfect positioning” he added.

In the end O’Brien finished a credible third, but was unable to qualify for the next round of competition.

“I kept losing my fins,” O’Brien remarked.

“I’ll be back bigger and better next year,” he stated matter-of-factly.

Moving into the second day of competition the Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro presented by Senor Frogs shows no signs of slowing, but as conditions are expected to deteriorate so organisers will make a call tomorrow at 7am.

The waiting period continues until February 27 2009 – with the best three days being used for competition.

The Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro presented by Senor Frogs is being webcast at www.ibaworldtour.com/live

For more information be sure to log onto www.ibaworldtour.com

Event Media Contact

Terry McKenna
[email protected]
+1 (808) 203 0491 or +61401023661

The Turbo Bodyboards Pipeline Pro presented by Senor Frogs is proudly supported by 662mob.com, Sun Zapper and Kicks.

 

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