Despite it being held at the most famous wave on the planet, the Volcom Pipe Pro has a low key aura about it. The masses that descended upon the Triple Crown one month ago, have dwindled to a gathering of underground chargers, straggling backpackers and dedicated pros.

The event itself allows for even the day job locals to throw themselves under the lip for a chance to win some cash, or even better, to surf perfect Pipe with only three other guys in the water.

Day 1 saw conditions ranging from glassy six foot peaks to crumbly onshore head dippers, But for the most part, the ocean did not disappoint.