No Competition Today at Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy IronsDec 15, 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), will see another lay day with decreasing 3-to-4 foot NW swell Pipe and Backdoor. Event organizers will wait to run the competition as a new NW swell is forecast for Sunday through Tuesday.
“Due to the decreasing swell and winds kind of looking okay but fading and inconsistent out there this morning, we are going to be off for the day,” said Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner. “We will come back tomorrow. We are expecting a really large swell to fill in overnight. Pipe could be absolutely firing. Hoping that it is not going to be washed out, but there is going to be some incredible action, so tune in tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. local time for the next call.”
The next call for the Billabong Pipe Masters will be tomorrow, Sunday, December 16, at 7:30 a.m. HST. At this time, 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.