Holding Pattern Continues at Billabong Pipe MastersDec 14, 2019
- No Competition Today, Wait Continues for Men’s CT Finale
- Next Call: Sunday, December 15, at 7 a.m. HST
BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Saturday, December 14, 2019) - The holding pattern will continue at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons with the competition called OFF for the day due to lack of swell on offer. Event organizers will reconvene this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. HST to update the call for tomorrow.
As the final stop on the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour (CT) and third gem of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Billabong Pipe Masters continues to wait for a more promising swell to close out the season, which is looking likely to come in early next week.
"The event is off for the day," said Renato Hickel, WSL Tours and Competition. "The swell is much smaller than yesterday and too North, so we are calling the competition off for the day. We will come back later this afternoon to provide an update for the coming days."
Kelly Slater has eyes on his third Vans Triple Crown title and Olympic qualification
When competition resumes, the Billabong Pipe Masters will determine the 2019 Men's World Champion, the next Pipe Master, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title, CT qualifications, and the final Olympic qualifications.
The three remaining World Title contenders will need to win their next heats in order to keep their World Title hopes alive. Current World No. 1 Italo Ferreira (BRA) will face rookie Peterson Crisanto (BRA) In Heat 1, while No. 2 Gabriel Medina (BRA) will have a rematch with Caio Ibelli (BRA). Kolohe Andino (USA) will battle 2016 Pipe Master Michel Bourez (FRA) in Heat 16.
Men’s World Title scenarios for the 2019 Billabong Pipe Masters:
- If Italo Ferreira wins Pipe, he clinches the World Title;
- If Ferreira gets a 2nd, Gabriel Medina will need a 1st to take the World Title from Ferreira;
- If Ferreira gets a 3rd, Medina needs a 2nd;
- If Ferreira gets 5th, Medina needs a 3rd;
- If Ferreira gets 9th, Medina needs a 5th & Kolohe Andino a 1st
World No.1 Italo Ferreira (BRA) will lean on Shane Dorians knowledge as he attempts to win his maiden WSL World Title
Billabong Pipe Masters Round of 16 Matchups:
HEAT 1: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
HEAT 2: Yago Dora (BRA) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
HEAT 3: Ricardo Christie (NZL) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
HEAT 4: Seth Moniz (HAW) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
HEAT 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Caio Ibelli (BRA)
HEAT 6: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Soli Bailey (AUS)
HEAT 7: Jesse Mendes (BRA) vs. Griffin Colapinto (USA)
HEAT 8: Michel Bourez (FRA) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)