Lay Day Called at Billabong Pipe MastersDec 15, 2016
After witnessing exciting action in Round 1 of the final stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, a lay day has been called. Competition is off for the day due to strong onshore winds at Pipe.
“This wind that was in the forecast just hit the coast and wrecked the conditions,” said WSL Deputy Commissioner Renato Hickel. “The winds are really strong, so we are calling the competition off for the day, but will meet again tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. local time.”
Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. (local time) tomorrow to reassess conditions and make the next call.
When competition resumes, Round 2 will see all surfers battle to avoid an early elimination from the event, including individuals on the bubble whose last opportunity for requalification depends on their performance at Pipe.
Keanu Asing (HAW) is right on the cut line for requalification for the 2017 CT. He will face rookie Kanoa Igarashi (USA) in Heat 12. The young Hawaiian will need to pull out all the stops in order to keep competing on the elite tour next season.
The competition will also see exciting match-ups, including defending Pipe Master Adriano de Souza (BRA) against former Pipe Master Bruce Irons (HAW) in Heat 2. Frederico Morais (PRT), current leader of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and qualifier for the 2017 CT, will face Sebastian Zietz (HAW) in Heat 4.
Up first will be Kolohe Andino (USA) against wildcard Gavin Beschen (HAW) in the opening heat of Round 2 when competition gets back underway.