BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu, Hawaii/USA (Tuesday, December 12, 2017) – The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) and the third event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS), will not see competition run today due to diminished swell and onshore winds at Pipeline.
“The event is off today,” said WSL Commissioner, Kieren Perrow. “The wind is still blowing out of the West direction, so it’s onshore and the swell has dropped off much more than we thought. Only two-to-three foot on the sets so marginal conditions.”
When competition resumes, three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) will face 2017 CT Rookie Frederico Morais (PRT) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) in Round 1 Heat 12.
Sebastian Zietz (HAW) will go up against Adrian Buchan (AUS) and Ian Gouveia (BRA) in Round 1 Heat 10 of the Billabong Pipe Masters.
2012 Pipe Master Joel Parkinson (AUS) will be one to watch in Round 1 as he comes up against 2017 CT rookies Connor O’Leary (AUS) and Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA).
Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. HST tomorrow to reassess the conditions and make the next call.
Surfline, official forecaster for the Billabong Pipe Masters, are calling for:
After a slower start on Tuesday, a new NW swell will build through Tuesday afternoon and peak on Wednesday with XXL size surf washing Pipe out. A frontal passage will bring onshore wind Tuesday (clocking from SW to W to NW/N through the day) and onshore N/NNE wind behind the front on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will see a decreasing trend in swell with strong NE trades. Confidence is slowly increasing that a mid-size NW swell will build in through Sunday and continue Monday with a decent chance for light wind.
The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., the Spectrum SURF Channel in Hawaii, Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal, Sport TV in Portugal and the EDGEsport Network.
For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.
Billabong Pipe Masters Remaining Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 10: Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 11: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 12: Mick Fanning (AUS), Frederico Morais (PRT), Italo Ferreira (BRA)