Billabong Pipe Masters Called ON For Finals Dayposted 12/19/2014 2:09:36 PM
Billabong Pipe Masters Called ON For Finals Day
Caption: Finals day at the Billabong Pipe Masters will see Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Kelly Slater (USA) battle to become the 2014 ASP World Champion.
|Location:||Banzai Pipeline, Oahu's North Shore, Hawaii|
|Holding period:||December 8 - 20, 2014|
|Call:||Finals day called ON|
|Conditions:||Solid 8 foot surf|
BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Friday, December 19, 2014) - The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons has been called on for Finals day in solid 8 foot surf. Today will likely see a finish to the event as well as the culmination to this year's thrilling World Title race.
"The swell that we've been waiting for filled in late last night and today's it's pretty incredible out there," Kieren Perrow, ASP Commissioner, said. "We've got solid 8 foot waves, Backdoor is firing and there's even some good Pipe waves, so we are on, and we expect to see some incredible rides today.
"We've reduced some heat times in the overlapping rounds and extended the overlapping format into Round 5 and the Quarterfinals, which gives us the ability to finish the event today. We'll see an awesome finish this afternoon and we're going to crown a World Champ and a Pipe Master."
The three World Title contenders, Gabriel Medina (BRA), Mick Fanning (AUS), and Kelly Slater (USA), will all take to the water in elimination Round 3. Medina will face Vans Triple Crown of Surfing ratings leader Dusty Payne (HAW) in Heat 6, Fanning will take on Jeremy Flores (FRA) in Heat 9 and Slater will match-up against Alejo Muniz (BRA) in Heat 12.
Surfline, official forecaster for the Billabong Pipe Masters, are calling for:
Solid NW swell will be strongest Friday morning with an easing trend through the day. Saturday will see smaller leftovers, although still offering some contestable waves (especially in the morning). Breezy E trades prevail Friday before backing off through the weekend.
The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons will be webcast LIVE at ASPWorldTour.com.
Billabong Pipe Masters Round 3 Match-Ups (1st to R4, 2nd = 13th):
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 5: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 7: Kolohe Andino (HAW) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 8: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 9: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 10: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Sebastien Zietz (HAW)
Heat 11: Nat Young (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 12: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)