PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Sunday, December 8, 2013) - Opening day of the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons has been called ON is pumping six-to-eight foot (2 metre) waves at Pipeline and Backdoor. Today’s schedule is expected to see the completion of Round 1 and the opening heats of Round 2.
Stop No. 10 of 10 on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the Billabong Pipe Masters marks the culmination of the ASP World Title, 2014 ASP WCT Qualifiers and the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.
“We have good six foot plus waves this morning at Pipe and Backdoor and we’ll start competition at 8am,” Marty Thomas, Billabong Pipe Masters Contest Director said. “We plan on completing Round 1 and will go in to Round 2.”
Up first this morning will be local wildcard Ezekiel Lau (HAW), 20, against Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 28, in the opening heat of the Billabong Pipe Masters.
The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons holds a waiting period from December 8 through 20 and is webcast LIVE via vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com
Surfline, official forecasters for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, are calling for:
Overlapping NNW swells prevail Sunday through Tuesday with good size surf at Pipe. Wind is light Sunday and Monday, with trades rebuilding by Tuesday.
BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) vs. Ezekiel Lau (HAW) Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Joel Centeio (HAW) Heat 3: Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. Marcus Hickman (HAW) Heat 4: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) Heat 5: Yadin Nicol (AUS) vs. Kahea Hart (HAW) Heat 6: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) vs. Bruce Irons (HAW) Heat 7: Dusty Payne (HAW) vs. Reef McIntosh (HAW) Heat 8: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Olamana Eleogram (HAW) Heat 9: Mitch Crews (AUS) vs. Shane Dorian (HAW) Heat 10: Granger Larsen (HAW) vs. Kalani Chapman (HAW) Heat 11: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) vs. Ricardo dos Santos (BRA) Heat 12: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)
BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. TBD Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. TBD Heat 3: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. TBD Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. TBD Heat 5: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. TBD Heat 6: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. TBD Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. TBD Heat 8: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. TBD Heat 9: Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. TBD Heat 10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. TBD Heat 11: Adam Melling (AUS) vs. TBD Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. TBD
BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 3 MATCH-UPS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. TBD Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. TBD Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. TBD Heat 4: Nat Young (USA) vs. TBD Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW) vs. TBD Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. TBD Heat 7: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. TBD Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. TBD Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. TBD Heat 10: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. TBD Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. TBD Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. TBD