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JANUARY 4, 2023
    Aloha surfers and beachgoers,
The rare Kona storm on Dec. 18-19 was incredible. The cause of it all was a nearby low pres- sure wreaking havoc on the weather, winds and waves.
new winners. The unique, yet classic contest suffered from lack of waves most of the holding period of Dec. 8-20.
charges hard and surfs Pipe- line a lot. He spends his winters on the North Shore. The big backside barrels he surfed in the contest were off the charts, so the hardcore observers were not surprised by his win. Stack is the first New Yorker to make a Pipe Masters final and win the Pipe Masters contest.
Star at the Australian Surfing Awards in 2020. She is being touted as the next “big thing,” due to her natural talent and results.
 My buddy Pat Caldwell puts it best: “Fall season ends like a giant bowl of oatmeal, wet and lumpy.”
Surfers waited eight days as Pipeline hardly broke the entire time, which is really rare for December.
Picklum loves cracking jokes and “cracking the top off” waves through rigorous training. It is her dream to get to the top of the World Championship Tour. Picklum is the first woman Pipeline Master in history and if that doesn’t build confidence and bode well for her pro surfing career, nothing could.
According to Caldwell, the last time we had waves this big was 50 years ago to the day — Dec. 19, 1972.
However, in the nick of time, there was an extra-large north-northwest swell on Dec. 16, which created chal- lenging, yet mind-blow- ing moments. The episode reached High Surf Warning levels breaking on the outer reefs with many sets washing through Pipeline.
The 2022 Vans Pipe Masters winners are New York’s Balaram Stack (left) and Australia’s Molly Picklum. PHOTO COURTESY MOLLY PICKLUM
talented “goofy footer” from Long Island, New York, named Balaram Stack. He’s 31 and was born in Flori- da like Kelly Slater. Stack
The women’s $100,000 winner was Australian Molly Picklum. She is 20 years old and already has two back- to-back Australian champi- onships, won the Australian Pro Junior in 2019 and was also named Female Rising
In other news, the Vans Pipe Masters finished on Dec. 18 and crowned two
The amazing competitors braved the elements and there were no serious injuries, but lots of broken boards.
GQ, droppin’ in 4 U!
New Yorker, Australian Win 2022 Vans Pipe Masters
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