No Competition Today at Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy IronsDec 10, 2016
Small surf continues at Banzai Pipeline causing event organizers to call another lay day at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT).
“We were hoping for a little bump in the swell today, but it is even smaller than yesterday,” said WSL Deputy Commissioner, Renato Hickel. “We have a pretty tricky forecast ahead of us. We are going to call the competition off today and we will meet again tomorrow to try again. We are going to cherry-pick the best of the swell we have ahead. We have tricky winds too so it will be hard, but we will do our best. There is a good chance of Monday and another bump in the swell on Thursday so fingers crossed that those materialize.”
Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. (local time) tomorrow to assess conditions and make the next call.
When competition commences, the Pipeline Invitational will see a 32-man field battle for the two coveted wildcard entries into the Billabong Pipe Masters, including Hawaiian chargers Mason Ho (HAW), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Billy Kemper (HAW) and Kalani Chapman (HAW). The event will also be contested by the defending trials winner Jack Robinson (AUS) and runner-up Jamie O’Brien (HAW).