The Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational waiting period is just days away and the North Shore of Hawaii has seen an influx of the world’s top bodyboarders getting some much needed practice in before the main event.

Perhaps one of the lesser-known competitors receiving an exclusive invite to the event is Cronulla charger Shaun Pyne.

Word around the lineup is Pyne is keen to give this years APB World Tour a serious crack and wants to start the year on a positive with a solid result at Pipe.

Photographer Manuel Gonzalez was floating in the busy Pipe channel earlier this week when he snapped this tasty sequence of Shaun pushing into a rather large bomb at the famed break.

“A perfect WNW direction 6-12ft rising swell graced our beloved Pipe for some really memorable moments this past Sunday,” Gonzalez said.

“Blessings from El NiƱo winter for all the pro the bodyboarders preparing for the Pipe comp.”

photo: @gonzolenz
rider: @shaunpyne