BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Tuesday, December 11, 2018) – The final stop on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour (CT), the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, will be off again today with leftover 2-to-3 foot NNW swell. With a new NW swell forecasted to build later today, the event looks likely to start tomorrow.
“Stormy weather continuing so the event will be off today,” said Kieren Perrow, WSL Commissioner. “It is looking really good for tomorrow. Almost one-hundred percent certain that we will get underway with the Pipe Invitational. We will come back tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. for another call.
“There is a new swell starting to show on the buoys. It should build through this evening and hold for the next couple of days so we will have some options. Another series of overlapping swells through Friday and Saturday, and now Sunday and Monday are showing great potential for a new swell that is going to be even larger than what we see over the next couple of days. We will be aiming for a finish over that.”
The holding period for the Billabong Pipe Masters runs through 20 December 2018, and event organizers will select the best days to run the competition within that time frame. The next decision on if the competition will run will be tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12, at 7:30 a.m. HST.
Pipe Invitational Will Determine Two Wildcards for Billabong Pipe Masters
The first competition day of the Billabong Pipe Masters will feature the Pipe Invitational, a 32-man trials event that awards the top two finishers a wildcard into the main event. With a $60,000 prize purse on the line, but more importantly, a chance to play spoiler to the World Title, the Pipe Invitational will kick things off in dramatic fashion once competition begins.The 32-man draw is comprised of the top 12 finishers from the 2018 Volcom Pipe Pro, four Hawaii athletes off the International QS, four from the regional QS, six event wildcards, four standout Pipe performers, the 2017 Pipe Invitational defending event winner, and a Vans Triple Crown of Surfing contender. Names like Billy Kemper (HAW), 3x Jaws Challenge winner and reigning Big Wave Champion; former Pipe Invitational winners Finn McGill (HAW) and Dusty Payne (HAW); North Shore big wave standout Jack Robinson (AUS); and Hawaiian notable Mason Ho (HAW) fill the roster, alongside young guns like Wyatt McHale (HAW), 17, Justin Becret (FRA), 17, and Barron Mamiya (HAW), who have also earned their place in the lineup.
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