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Mike Stewart Takes Pipe Bodysurfing Classic for 11th Time

As far as water-men go, Mike Stewart continues to cement his status as one of the all-time greats. Whether bodysurfing or bodyboarding, Stewart has continually mastered his competition, and even at 44 yrs. of age is showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. This time it was without a board at the Banzai Pipeline as Stewart won the Honolua Surf Co. Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic for a record 11th time.

Stewart won his first Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic in 1991. The event is held in high regard in the sport because it offers a rare chance for bodysurfers to ride the famous Pipeline waves. “It was pretty dismal as far as conditions go,” said Stewart, who was raised in Kailua, Kona, but now resides on O’ahu’s North Shore. “My mindset was just to find waves. It was pretty tough to find some good ones.”

Regardless of what board he may be on, if any at all, Mike Stewart has continued to captivate minds year after year by constantly charging some of the biggest and heaviest surf anywhere and doing so with an effortless style. He is the only non stand-up surfer to win the ‘Mister Pipeline’, an award given to those who most completely show mastery of the waves at Pipeline. Congratulations, once again, Mike Stewart.

Posted by Shaun on Thursday, February 7th, 2008 in Surfing.


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