Lay Day at Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy IronsDec 14, 2016
The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), has been called OFF for the day due to unfavorable onshore winds.
“Today we’ve still got some swell on tap, but unfortunately the wind has gone around a little to the north,” said WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow. “The wind is more onshore today, not great out there this morning and junky. We are going to have a lay day. We will come back tomorrow.”
Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. (local time) tomorrow to reassess conditions and make the next call.
When competition resumes, the world’s best surfers will battle to become the next Pipe Master and earn the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title. After yesterday’s Pipe Invitational saw Finn McGill (HAW) and Gavin Beschen (HAW) claim the two wildcard entries, the final heat draw for the Billabong Pipe Masters is now set.
Newly crowned WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW) will face Jadson Andre (BRA) and wildcard Beschen in Round 1 Heat 6. In addition to his incredible success this year, hometown hero Florence will fight to claim his first CT victory at Pipe and a third Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title.
Round 1 Heat 5 will see defending Vans Triple Crown of Surfing winner Gabriel Medina (BRA) surf against rookie Kanoa Igarashi (USA) and injury replacement Bruce Irons (HAW).
When competition kicks off, up first will be Julian Wilson (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) and Ryan Callinan (AUS) in the opening heat of Round 1.
Surfline, official forecaster for the WSL, are calling for:
Wednesday and into Thursday morning will see small leftovers along with a touch of NE swell wrap. The end of the week (Thur PM-Fri-Sat) remans very tricky with considerable uncertainty on specific details.
A large complex storm system is currently taking shape over the Northwest Pacific, and expected to continue developing over the next couple days or so. Meanwhile, models indicate that another low may develop just north of the Islands by mid week. The combo of these two features could potentially deliver a rather solid run of WNW-NW-NNW swell on Friday and Saturday (possibly building Thursday PM).