Pipe Invitational Called ON for Day 1 of Billabong Pipe MastersDec 12, 2018
After four consecutive lay days at 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 ON in building 6-to-8 foot NW swell with improved offshore easterly winds. The Men's Pipe Invitational, the 32-man trials that award the top two finishers a wildcard into the main event, will start at 8:00 a.m. HST. The Women’s Pipe Invitational, a single-heat Final, will be on standby for a possible run today.
“The Men’s Pipe Invitational trials event is on starting at 8:00 a.m. local time,” said Renato Hickel, WSL Deputy Commissioner. “We have six-to-eight foot NW swell with improved winds. The Men’s Pipe Invitational today will determine our two wildcards into the Billabong Pipe Masters. We are also putting the Women’s Pipe Invitational on standby for a possible finish today.”
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.