The Wait for Finals Day Continues at Billabong Pipe MastersDec 17, 2019
The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons will hold off another day with unfavorable conditions on offer for the World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour (CT) finale and the third gem of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. The next call will be tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. HST for a possible 8:00 a.m. start.
"We have a lot of waves but the sand has been an absolute issue today," said Pat O'Connell, WSL SVP of Tours and Competition. "Unfortunately, we've been greeted with a huge amount of sand, which we were hoping would move overnight and it hasn't. Unfortunately today we are calling the event off and we are going to check back in tomorrow."
When competition resumes, the Billabong Pipe Masters will decide the winner of the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the next Pipe Master, the 2020 men's CT competitors, the final provisional Olympic qualifiers, and the 2019 World Champion.
The three remaining World Title contenders will need to win their next heats in the Round of 16 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) in Heat 5. World No. 5 Kolohe Andino (USA) will battle 2016 Pipe Master Michel Bourez (FRA) in Heat 8.
Australia's Ethan Ewing is the current Vans Triple Crown leader. Can he hang on? Photo: WSL / Cestari
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