Lay Day Called at Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy IronsDec 14, 2018
The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour (CT), has been called OFF for the day after being on hold for the morning with only inconsistent 3-to-4 foot surf at Pipe and Backdoor.
"We've been agonizing over this one, it is a tough one," said Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner. "There are okay waves coming through, but it is super inconsistent between the decent sets and not enough opportunity at the end of the day, so we are going to call it off today. We will come back tomorrow to have another look. There is a chance in the morning that this swell might have filled in a little more overnight but we are really holding out for the Sunday, with much bigger swell holding on Monday. We are just hoping that it will not be too big on Sunday."
The next call for the Billabong Pipe Masters will be tomorrow, Saturday, December 15, at 7:30 a.m. HST, where event organizers will reassess the conditions and decide if the competition will run.
The Billabong Pipe Masters will determine the 2018 Men’s World Champion. Only three athletes remain in contention to claim the World Title: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Julian Wilson (AUS), and Filipe Toledo (BRA).
Round 1 kicked off the competition yesterday with Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Julian Wilson (AUS) advancing straight to Round 3 after winning Round 1. Filipe Toledo (BRA), on the other hand, suffered a potentially serious setback in his campaign after being defeated by Matt Wilkinson (AUS) in the opening round. In a barrel-starved heat, Toledo, Wilkinson and Caio Ibelli (BRA) battled mostly with traditional maneuvers, with the Australian claiming the top two scores for his backhand attack at Backdoor.
Toledo will have a chance to redeem himself in Round 2 when competition resumes, as he will face wildcard Benji Brand (HAW) for a spot into Round 3.
The Men's World Title Scenarios at the Billabong Pipe Masters:
- If Gabriel Medina finishes 1st or 2nd at the Billabong Pipe Masters, he wins the World Title;
- If Gabriel Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Julian Wilson and Filipe Toledo will need to finish 1st;
- If Gabriel Medina finishes 5th-25th, Julian Wilson and Filipe Toledo will need a 2nd or 1st at Pipe.
Billabong Pipe Masters Round 2 Matchups:
Heat 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Benji Brand (HAW)
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Seth Moniz (HAW)
Heat 3: Wade Carmichael (AUS) vs. Caio Ibelli (BRA)
Heat 4: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) vs. Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 5: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 6: Willian Cardoso (BRA) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 8: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 9: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) vs. Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Heat 10: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 11: Frederico Morais (PRT) vs. Connor O'Leary (AUS)
Heat 12: Joan Duru (FRA) vs. Tomas Hermes (BRA)