BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu, Hawaii/USA (Monday, December 18, 2017) – Finals Day at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) and the capstone event of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (VTCS), has been called ON (conditions permitting) for an 8:00 a.m. HST start, beginning with Round 4 in four-to-six foot (1.2 – 1.8 metre) waves at the world-famous Banzai Pipeline.
“We are ON and the waves are looking great, very clean and overhead,” said WSL Commissioner, Kieren Perrow. “Fingers crossed the wind will stay good and we can finish today with the Final hitting the water at 3:20 p.m. HST. After yesterday’s high points, today will prove even more exciting as we watch the title race unfold and hope to crown the 2017 World Champion, Billabong Pipe Master and this year’s Vans Triple Crown champion, all in one afternoon.”
The WSL Men’s Title represents the culmination of the journey for all surfers and is the product of a year-long battle amongst the world’s best surfers to claim sport’s highest honor and join a list of the most revered individuals in all of surfing. After exciting battles yesterday, there are now only two surfers in contention to win the WSL Title: John John Florence (HAW) and Gabriel Medina (BRA).
World Title scenarios after elimination Round 3 of the Billabong Pipe Masters:
– If Florence gets 1st or 2nd at Pipe he will clinch the World Title;
– If Florence gets a 3rd, Medina will need a 1stat Pipe to win the World Title;
– If Florence gets a 5th, Medina will need a 1stat Pipe to win the World Title;
– If Florence gets a 9th, Medina will need a 2nd
2010 Pipe Master Jeremy Flores (FRA) will fight to punch his ticket directly through to the Quarterfinals but will need to defeat 2014 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) in Round 4 Heat 3.
2012 Pipe Master Joel Parkinson (AUS) will look to play spoiler today against reigning WSL Champion John John Florence (HAW), who looks to earn back-to-back titles, and Caio Ibelli (BRA), who is after his first CT event win, in Heat 2 of Round 4.
11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) will battle 2016 Pipe runner-up Kanoa Igarashi (USA) and rookie Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) in the final Round 4 match-up.
Up first this morning will be 2014 Pipe Master Julian Wilson (AUS) against Conner Coffin (USA) and rookie Ian Gouveia (BRA) in the opening heat of Round 4.
Surfline, official forecaster for the Billabong Pipe Masters, are calling for:
Fun size NW swell continues Monday with light/variable wind. A larger, mid to shorter period NNW to N swell will build through Tuesday and continue Wednesday (with new NNE swell also joining on Wednesday). Wind may remain favorable Tuesday morning, but onshore N wind likely builds in the afternoon and continues Wednesday.
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 Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Julian Wilson (AUS), Conner Coffin (USA), Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Caio Ibelli (BRA), John John Florence (HAW)
Heat 3: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Italo Ferreira (BRA)
Heat 4: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Kelly Slater (USA)