Another lackluster morning at Pipeline. Photo: WSL / Cestari
No Competition Today at Billabong Pipe Masters, Likely Start Tomorrow
Billabong Pipe Masters

No Competition Today at Billabong Pipe Masters, Likely Start Tomorrow

Dec 11, 2018

The final stop on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour (CT), the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, will be off again today with leftover 2-to-3 foot NNW swell. With a new NW swell forecasted to build later today, the event looks likely to start tomorrow.

“Stormy weather continuing so the event will be off today,” said Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner. “It is looking really good for tomorrow. Almost one-hundred percent certain that we will get underway with the Pipe Invitational. We will come back tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. for another call.

“There is a new swell starting to show on the buoys. It should build through this evening and hold for the next couple of days so we will have some options. Another series of overlapping swells through Friday and Saturday, and now Sunday and Monday are showing great potential for a new swell that is going to be even larger than what we see over the next couple of days. We will be aiming for a finish over that.”

The holding period for the Billabong Pipe Masters runs through 20 December 2018, and event organizers will select the best days to run the competition within that time frame. The next decision on if the competition will run will be tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12, at 7:30 a.m. HST. 

Pipe Invitational Will Determine Two Wildcards for Billabong Pipe Masters
The first competition day of the Billabong Pipe Masters will feature the Pipe Invitational, a 32-man trials event that awards the top two finishers a wildcard into the main event. With a $60,000 prize purse on the line, but more importantly, a chance to play spoiler to the World Title, the Pipe Invitational will kick things off in dramatic fashion once competition begins. 

The 32-man draw is comprised of the top 12 finishers from the 2018 Volcom Pipe Pro, four Hawaii athletes off the International QS, four from the regional QS, six event wildcards, four standout Pipe performers, the 2017 Pipe Invitational defending event winner, and a Vans Triple Crown of Surfing contender. Names like Billy Kemper (HAW), 3x Jaws Challenge winner and reigning Big Wave Champion; former Pipe Invitational winners Finn McGill (HAW) and Dusty Payne (HAW); North Shore big wave standout Jack Robinson (AUS); and Hawaiian notable Mason Ho (HAW) fill the roster, alongside young guns like Wyatt McHale (HAW), 17, Justin Becret (FRA), 17, and Barron Mamiya (HAW), who have also earned their place in the lineup.

World title contender Julian Wilson training at Pipe last week. Photo: WSL / Cestari

Once called on, the Billabong Pipe Masters will cap off the season to determine the 2018 Men’s World Champion and the winner of the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of the Surfing (VTCS). Three athletes remain in contention to claim the World Title: Gabriel MedinaJulian Wilson, and Filipe Toledo

The Men's World Title Scenarios going into the last event of the season, the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii, are as follows:

  • 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.

More information about the 2018 World Title Showdown at the Billabong Pipe Masters. 

Billabong Pipe Masters: Third and Final Stage of Vans Triple Crown of Surfing

For 36 years, the VTCS has been sharing and celebrating one of the most significant sporting series in the world. The VTCS  encompasses three different and equally storied wave venues along seven miles of hallowed coastline – Haleiwa Ali‘i Beach, Sunset Beach, and Pipeline. The first gem of the series, the Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, saw 2012 WSL Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS) take the win and move closer to securing a fourth VTCS title. Parkinson announced retirement from professional surfing earlier this year but is lining up for a victorious swan song. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) won the Vans World Cup of Surfing yesterday in all-time big wave conditions at Sunset Beach and is in contention for his first VTCS title and another victory for Hawaii.

Now, the three-event series heads into its final event, the Billabong Pipe Masters, which will determine the esteemed VTCS winner. Although the Triple Crown race is still open heading into Pipe, the top three leaders include Jesse Mendes (BRA), who placed 5th at the recent Hawaiian Pro and runner-up in yesterday’s Vans World Cup, Parkinson, and Lau, respectively. 

Pipe Invitational Round 1 Heats

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