The Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational Contest at Pipeline has started. The contest had a window from mid Feb and the waves were finally declared good for the contest, with wave predictions bordering on dangerous to all-time.
The contest is invitation only with a star-studded field of 76 international bodyboarders competing for the coveted title. An unfortunate last minute withdrawal was South African Andre Botha who hurt himself just days before the contest on a big Waimea Shorebreak wave.
As a 2 x previous World Champion, Andre was sure to have a shot at the winners podium had he been able to compete. Early rounds on Day 1 have been completed and the contest now goes into Day 2.