With a world title in the balance, Gabriel Medina, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning are all eyeing the Pipeline Masters, the last event of the 2014 world tour season, as their time to shine.
The race for the 2014 ASP World Title has come down to the final event of the year, the prestigious Pipeline Masters. Gabriel Medina hopes to be Brazil's first world champ, but Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning have plans of their own.
Held on the North Shore of Oahu at Haleiwa, Sunset Beach and Pipeline, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is underway, and there's plenty at stake.
With Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina both out early at the Rip Curl Pro, Mick Fanning took full advantage, grabbing a win and moving the world title race to Pipeline.
The first swells of the season have started to bombard the North Shore of Oahu, and those lucky enough to be on the island have scored.
From early days pioneering Waimea Bay and Pipeline, to breaking barriers at places like Jaws and Maverick's, surfers have been tempting fate in giant surf for well over 60 years.
After a stumble in Round 2 of the Quiksilver Pro Australia, John John Florence didn't start his 2014 campaign the way he'd hoped, so we probed him about Slater, the ASP and Pipeline
In winning the Volcom Pipeline Pro, Kelly Slater affirmed that he's the best surfer ever. The scary thing is, as the 2014 season looms, he seems to actually be getting better.
O swell de Hercules
The winter storm that froze North America and dubbed ""Hercules,"' sent a giant swell to the European coast Tuesday. Here's a look at some action off the coast of France.
The morning of Dec. 20 greeted a solid West NW swell that awoke Pipe's second reef
Was the final day of the 2013 Pipeline Masters one for the ages? No doubt about it. Fanning won the title, Slater was crowned Pipe Master, and Florence took out the Triple Crown
The surf at the Pipe Masters was pumping for the second day of competition, and all eyes were on Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and the ASP World Title race.
After a back and forth battle all year long with Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning has won the 2013 ASP World Title
Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning own seven of the last 10 ASP World Titles, but they've never had a showdown at Pipeline, until now.
Rarely does an ASP world title come down to the wire, but after a back-and-forth year in 2013, Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater are both poised for greatness.