Lay Day at the Billabong Pipe MastersDec 09, 2016
Small and inconsistent surf has prompted event organizers to call the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), OFF for the day.
“The conditions are clean and beautiful behind us, but the waves are only two-to-three foot and it is not enough to get underway,” said WSL Deputy Commissioner Renato Hickel. “We are going to call the competition off and we are going to come back tomorrow at the same time.”
Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. (local time) tomorrow to assess conditions and make the next call.
When competition kicks off, the Pipeline Invitational will see a 32-man field battle for the two coveted wildcard entries into the Billabong Pipe Masters, including last year’s winner winner Jack Robinson (AUS) and runner-up Jamie O’Brien (HAW). Hawaiian chargers Ezekiel Lau (HAW) and Mason Ho (HAW) are also in the mix to earn the opportunity to compete against the world’s best surfers in the main event.