No Competition Today at Billabong Pipe MastersDec 12, 2019
The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, 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, will be OFF for the day due to uncontestable conditions on offer. The next call will be tomorrow, Friday, December 13, at 7:00 a.m. HST for a possible 8:00 a.m. start at the world-renowned Banzai Pipeline.
"We still have a pretty massive swell out there, so we are going to call the competition off for the day," said Renato Hickel, WSL Tours and Competition. "But, tomorrow, save the date. We are going to have a 7:00 a.m. HST call for a possible 8:00 a.m. start. Potentially end of the Pipe Masters and a lot on the line. Of course the World Title decision, we have CT and QS qualifications too on the line, we have Olympic qualifications for the last spot for America and Australia, and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing title. You can't miss it."
The Men's 2019 CT season could potentially finish tomorrow to determine the 2019 Men's World Champion, the next Billabong 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
The next call for the Billabong Pipe Masters will be tomorrow, December 13, at 7:00 a.m. HST for a possible 8:00 a.m, start.
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)