Lay Day at the Billabong Pipe MastersDec 11, 2017
The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) and the third gem of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS), will see a second-consecutive lay day today with unfavorable conditions on offer at Pipeline.
“We’ve been watching the conditions this morning and things have not improved out there,” said Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner. “We are calling the contest off for the day and will come back tomorrow. We are expecting really good surf tomorrow, so there is a really strong possibility that we will get going at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow with surf in the six-to-eight foot range.”
Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. HST tomorrow to reassess the conditions and make the next call.
Going into the Billabong Pipe Masters, four surfers remain in contention to clinch the title: reigning WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW) who leads the rankings, Gabriel Medina (BRA), Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Julian Wilson (AUS). Florence will win his second WSL Title if he makes the final at Pipeline.
World Title Scenarios going into the Billabong Pipe Masters:
- If Florence gets 1st or 2nd at Pipe he will clinch the World Title;
- If Florence gets a 3rd, Medina will need a1st at Pipe to win the World Title;
- If Florence gets a 5th, Medina will need a1st at Pipe to win the World Title;
- If Florence gets a 9th, Medina will need a 2nd, Smith a 1st;
- If Florence, gets a 13th or 25th, Medina will need a 5th, Smith a 2nd and Wilson a 1st
Round 1 will see exciting match-ups as the world’s best surfers compete to become the next Pipe Master and for the coveted World Title.
2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) will be up against Miguel Pupo (BRA) and Benji Brand (HAW), Pipe Invitational runner-up, in Heat 5.
Reigning WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW) will battle Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) and Dusty Payne (HAW), the winner of yesterday’s Pipe Invitational, in Round 1 Heat 6.
Jordy Smith (ZAF) will face veteran Bede Durbidge (AUS) and 2017 CT Rookie Ethan Ewing (AUS) in Round 1 Heat 4, while Julian Wilson (AUS) will see Vans World Cup of Surfing winner Conner Coffin (USA) and compatriot Stuart Kennedy (AUS) in Round 1 Heat 3 when the Billabong Pipe Masters gets back underway.