After a few years off the world tour one of the world’s most iconic events makes a welcome comeback in 2019 with Mike Stewart securing a one-day permit for the Pipe contest.

The main event window will take place from February 24th to March 8th with the trials set to take place between Feb 20,21 & 22 at Kea’au on the Westside. These trials will be open to ALL RIDERS wishing to compete in Men, Women or DK.

To enter the trials go to

This year’s event will be rated on the QEST Tour for Men only with a 3 Star rating confirmed. The event will also cater for Women & Drop-Knee, however this will be simply an exhibition opportunity to surf Pipe for the Top 4 in both divisions.

Mike has worked tirelessly with his team to make this happen and is really stoked to get a contest back at his favourite wave.

“This has been an extremely active winter so far on the North Shore with a series of swells back-to-back at Pipe” said Mike.

“With almost two weeks in the holding period we are virtually guaranteed of getting a great day for the main event” he added.

The 40-man format for the Men’s QEST event will be as follows:

APB Top 24

8 invites

4 wildcards

4 trialsists

20-minute heats with 4-man heats.

The event will also be webcast live at as well as several other social media platforms and free-to-air channels.

Entries for the event will be open in the coming days and APB encourages all riders to support this important event.

APB Tour Manager Teza Mckenna explains.

“Whilst a 1-day permit has been secured for 2019, multi-day permits for 2020 & 2021 are in the process so all eyes will be on this year’s event. Its hoped that this event will once again be a Grand Slam next year”, said Tez.

Stay tuned for more updates on the first APB event of the year.

Exciting news for Drop Knee fans, the trials for the main event at Pipe will now be combined with the APB DK qualifying event, the 2019 DKS Challenge, an event for the art of Drop-Knee riding. There will be a $1000 prize purse up for grabs, seeding points for the world championship and the top four riders will have a superheat at Pipe.

The Women have voted and will have three riders coming from trials and one seed straight into Pipeline the current world champion, and reigning 2X Pipe champion Ayaka Sazuki, The women will be competing equally with the Men.

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  • Dougie Pene

    Great work Mike looking forward to the next comp,, if you can keep me inform how to enter 2020 ,,2021,, pipeline comp ,, there’s a strong group of Aotearoa NZ riders who are keen to enter the comp ,, would be awesome to be invited to the beautiful island of Hawaii to represent our beautiful island Aotearoa New Zealand,,

  • Justin Cadiente

    When is the deadline to enter pipe trails?

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