WSL PRESS RELEASE
Location: Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii
Event window: December 8 – 20, 2016
Today’s call: Pipeline Invitational called ON
Conditions: 4 – 6 foot (1 – 2 metre)
BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Monday, December 12, 2016) – The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), will commence after a series of lay days on the North Shore. The Pipeline Invitational trials event, which will determine the wildcards into the Billabong Pipe Masters, has been called ON for an 8:00 a.m. start in four-to-six foot (1 – 2 metre) waves at the world-renowned Banzai Pipeline.
“It has been tough because this window started off with really nice conditions, but we had no swell,” said WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow. “We decided not to use that decreasing swell day one, and we’ve turned up today with a lot more swell, which is great. There is a building swell more than what was forecast this morning and getting bigger throughout the day. Winds are going to be tricky later in the day, but we hope to get through as much as we can. We are going to go at 8:00 a.m. with the Pipe Invitational. Best of luck to everybody.”
The Pipeline Invitational will see a 32-man field battle for the two coveted wildcard entries into the Billabong Pipe Masters, including last year’s winner winner Jack Robinson (AUS) and runner-up Jamie O’Brien (HAW). Hawaiian chargers Ezekiel Lau (HAW) and Mason Ho (HAW) are also in the mix to earn the opportunity to compete against the world’s best surfers in the main event.
Up first will be an all-out battle between Kalani Chapman (HAW), Makai McNamara (HAW), Keoni Yan (HAW) and Reef McIntosh (HAW) in Round 1 Heat 1 of the trials.
Surfline, official forecaster for the WSL, are calling for:
We expect the swell/surf to increase throughout the day on Monday, with a peak in swell Monday evening through Tuesday morning. As the swell peaks we’ll look for overhead surf at Pipe/Backdoor, with sets running to a few feet overhead. N wind continue to look likely, but pretty light on Monday and trending more NNE/NE on Tuesday as it strengthens. Look for small leftovers by Wednesday, with surf likely small into Thursday (although local wind does look likely to improve).
The Billabong Pipe Masters will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the WSL app.
The event is also being carried by the WSL’s LIVE broadcast partners CBS Sports in the United States, EDGEsport, Abema/Dentsu, ESPN Brasil, Globosat, Fox Sports, MCS Extreme, Sky NZ, Sport TV, Oceanic Time Warner Cable 250 & 1250 in Hawaii, TNTV and Supersport.
For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.
Men’s Pipeline Invitational Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Kalani Chapman (HAW), Makai McNamara (HAW), Keoni Yan (HAW), Reef McIntosh (HAW)
Heat 2: Billy Kemper (HAW), Jack Robinson (AUS), Cody Young (HAW), Eala Stewart (HAW)
Heat 3: Victor Bernardo (BRA), Eli Olson (HAW), Gavin Beschen (HAW), Myles Padaca (HAW)
Heat 4: Griffin Colapinto (USA), Tanner Hendrickson (HAW), Makuakai Rothman (HAW), Takayuki Wakita (HAW)
Heat 5: Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Kaito Kino (HAW), Jamie O’Brien (HAW), Mikey Bruneau (HAW)
Heat 6: Koa Smith (HAW), Kiron Jabour (HAW), Kai Mana Henry (HAW), Kaimana Jaquias (HAW)
Heat 7: Joshua Moniz (HAW), Mason Ho (HAW), Noa Mizuno (HAW), Nathan Florence (HAW)
Heat 8: Torrey Meister (HAW), Finn McGill (HAW), Seth Moniz (HAW), Gavin Gillette (HAW)
Billabong Pipe Masters Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Julian Wilson (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 3: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Nat Young (USA), TBD
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Keanu Asing (HAW), TBD
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), TBD
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW), Jadson Andre (BRA), TBD
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Conner Coffin (USA), Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Stuart Kennedy (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 9: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Josh Kerr (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 10: Kelly Slater (USA), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 11: Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Italo Ferreira (BRA), Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF), Davey Cathels (AUS)