Lay Day Called at Billabong Pipe MastersDec 13, 2019
The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons will see a second-consecutive lay day after being on hold this morning due to unfavorable conditions on offer. Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow, Saturday, December 14, at 7:00 a.m. HST for a possible 8:00 a.m. start.
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 will wait for improved conditions to close out the season.
"Unfortunately, a front dove on us and now we have rain, really strong winds, and the wrong swell direction," said Renato Hickel, WSL Tours and Competition. "We have no option but to call the competition off for the day. We will try again tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. for a possible 8:00 a.m. start. The good news is that a new, more favorable swell will start arriving Monday afternoon and Tuesday is looking really good. Even though we are going to try again tomorrow, most likely the event will resume either Monday afternoon or Tuesday."
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
Strong WNW to NW swell Monday PM-Tue with breezy ENE trades
The next call for the Billabong Pipe Masters will be tomorrow, December 14, at 7:00 a.m. HST for a possible 8:00 a.m, start.