Jamie O’Brien has further solidified his reputation as a master of Pipeline today, taking his third win at the 5-star WQS Volcom Pipeline Pro, his fifth major title at Pipeline.
The final heat, which featured O’Brien, Kauai’s Danny Fuller and Australians Mark Mathews and Anthony Walsh, didn’t get off to a great start for Jamie, however.
"In the beginning of the heat I was worried that these guys were going to get really good scores early and I was going to have to play catch up, which is a nightmare," O'Brien said after the contest.
After trailing for a bit, Jamie scored two phenomenal waves and overtook the lead. Later in the 45-minute heat, he grabbed another great wave to pump his score to 17 out of a possible 20 points. His Pipeline experience showed throughout the event, with his read of the shifting conditions proving to be spot-on.
Surprisingly, the ocean went flat in the final minutes of the heat, with Jamie keeping a close eye on Mathews, who looked to make a last-minute rally.
"It's funny because Mark looked at me and said, 'I bet you're hoping it goes dead flat,'” Jamie said. “And, I said, 'Yup.' People may think I’m crazy, but I was talking to the ocean out there, asking it to go flat.”
Red Bull teammate Ian Walsh also had a good run at the event, bowing out in the Semifinal to finish equal 5th.