Pipe specialist Reef McIntosh collected the most votes from his peers for a spot into the draw for the upcoming HIC Pipeline Pro.
Surflines article: The holding period for the HIC Pipeline Pro commences tomorrow at Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu. This local, one-day event will see 60 of Hawaii’s top surfers turn out in an attempt to win one of eight highly coveted slots into December’s Pipeline Masters. The Pipeline Masters is the world’s most prestigious professional surfing competition and is the final event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series.
In all, there will be 16 trials spots open for the Pipeline Masters; eight will come from the HIC Pipeline Pro, six from a Surfer Peer Poll, one will be reserved for a Tahitian, and the final spot will go to a Triple Crown contender after the first two events of that series.
The results of the Surfer Peer Poll were announced today and the following surfers won berths:
The HIC Pipeline Pro is the first of six men’s events sanctioned by the Association of Surfing Professionals in Hawaii, for 2009. HIC was the original sponsor of this event, launching it back in 1990. It ran under HIC’s banner through 2001, and their return has been enthusiastically received.