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FRIDAY IS LAY DAY AT BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS…SURF IS 8-12′ even 15′ Hawaiian Scale with 2nd reef capper off Pipe. 100% storm surf and no takers anywhere. Click the Ticker for more.

IN MEMORY OF ANDY IRONS…Warning level SURF is 8-12′ even 15′ Hawaiian Scale from the NNW with 2nd reef capper off Pipe. 100% storm surf and no takers anywhere. This NNW will fall rapidly Saturday and winds will veer SW. It won’t be clean enough until Sunday when a long period NW hits with perfect SE winds. Look’s good for Sunday-Monday to finish! SNN. A cold front associated with a gale-force low centered a few hundred nautical miles north of Kauai will stall near or just east of the Big Island waters over the weekend. The low associated with this front will track south and southwest across the northwest waters over the weekend and gradually weaken. High pressure will build south over the region early next week as the low pressure system tracks southwest of the waters and weakens further.
 

Sebastian Zietz (HAW) will face Frederico Morais (PRT), current leader of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, in elimination Round 2 Heat 4 of the Billabong Pipe Masters.
Image: © WSL /  Heff

Location:      Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii 
Event window:   December 8 – 20, 2016
Today’s call:   Competition called OFF for the day
Conditions:   6 -8 foot (2 -2.5 metre)

BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Friday, December 16, 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),  has been called OFF for the day due to strong onshore winds and poor conditions on offer.

“We will not see Round 2 out there today,” said WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow. “The ocean is super junky. We have probably got three swells in the mix with a longer period and good direction without that Kona low that has come over the top of us and really destroyed the ocean. Positive side of things is that this wind will gradually improve through today and tomorrow. On Sunday we will see the wind come around to the south, even southeast with really good potential for surf. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday look like we are going to have a great finish to the Pipe Masters.”

Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. (local time) tomorrow to reassess conditions and make the next call.

Special guest Max Holloway, UFC Interim Featherweight Champion from Waianae, Oahu, joined Peter Mel and Keanu Asing (HAW) on Dawn Patrol Show for a unique talk story session about the fighter’s recent accomplishment, the importance of bringing home the title to Hawaii, and how surfers like John John Florence (HAW) and Asing inspire him.

“It’s great bringing back pride to Waiane, to the Hawaiian Islands, to be respected like that, it’s cool you know, I loved every second of it,” said Holloway in regards to his welcome home celebration after winning the UFC championship title.


UFC Interim Featherweight Champion Max Holloway joined Keanu Asing (HAW) and Peter Mel on the Dawn Patrol morning show.
Image: © WSL /  Cestari

Following Dawn Patrol, Holloway and Asing went Live on Facebook with Peter King and chatted about the future winner of the Billabong Pipe Masters, parallels between surfing and UFC fighting, and Asing’s finance Kailin Curran, a strawweight UFC fighter from Ewa Beach, Oahu.

When competition resumes, Round 2 will see all surfers battle to avoid an early elimination from the event, including individuals on the bubble whose last opportunity for requalification depends on their performance at Pipe.

Asing is right on the cut line for requalification for the 2017 CT. He will face rookie Kanoa Igarashi (USA) in Heat 12. The young Hawaiian will need to pull out all the stops in order to keep competing on the elite tour next season.

The competition will also see exciting head-to-head match-ups, including defending Pipe Master Adriano de Souza (BRA) against former Pipe Master Bruce Irons (HAW) in Heat 2. Frederico Morais (PRT), current leader of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and qualifier for the 2017 CT, will face Sebastian Zietz (HAW) in Heat 4.

Up first will be Kolohe Andino (USA) against wildcard Gavin Beschen (HAW) in the opening heat of Round 2 when competition gets back underway.

 

The Billabong Pipe Masters will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com

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Billabong Pipe Masters Round 2 Match-Ups:

Heat 1: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Gavin Beschen (HAW)
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Bruce Irons (HAW)
Heat 3: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Finn McGill (HAW)
Heat 4: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. Frederico Morais (PRT)
Heat 5: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 6: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 7: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 8: Stuart Kennedy (AUS) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 9: Conner Coffin (USA) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 10: Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) vs. Davey Cathels (AUS)
Heat 11: Nat Young (USA) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 12: Keanu Asing (HAW) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)

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