No Competition Today, Likely Finals Day TuesdayDec 16, 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. With a swell forecast to fill in later today, event organizers will continue to wait for improved conditions to run Finals Day.
“The waves are still very small this morning,” said Pat O'Connell, WSL SVP of Tours and Competition. “But, we have very positive news. The buoy that is about 10 hours away jumped at 5:00 a.m. HST this morning so we are looking at a fantastic day tomorrow, Tuesday, the 17th, to be the final day of the Billabong Pipe Masters. What we should see tomorrow is classic Pipeline, six-to-eight-foot really west swell and strong trades. It should be, I think, what we’ve all been waiting for.”
Round of 16 Heat Draws
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). World No. 5 Kolohe Andino (USA) will battle 2016 Pipe Master Michel Bourez (FRA) in Heat 8.
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 at 7:00 a.m. HST for a possible 8:00 am.