Kieren Perrow won his first ASP World Tour event today at the Billabong Pipe Masters. The 34-year-old Australian, who placed second in last year’s event, not only took the coveted title of Pipe Master, but also secured his place on the tour for next year.
In a final against Joel Parkinson, Perrow dropped the hammer quickly, scoring a 7.0 and a 6.17 early in the heat. With a mid-heat rainsquall blowing the waves into chunky closeouts, Parko couldn’t manage to return fire with enough force to stand on the top of the podium. Perrow, who for the last few years has embodied the term “always the bridesmaid, never the bride,” was finally carried up the sand in his first WCT win. “I’ve had such a great event anyway and coming in to today, it was just amazing. The waves have been phenomenal. I haven’t surfed Pipe like that in my entire career. This is pretty much the pinnacle for me,” he said in a post-win interview.