|BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu, Hawaii (Saturday, February 2, 2019) – The World Surf League (WSL) men’s Qualifying Series (QS) Volcom Pipe Pro QS 3,000 is ON. A field of 144 will begin competing in 3-to-5-foot NW swell with beachbreak-like conditions to start proceedings at 8:00 a.m., beginning with Round 1 Heat 1.
“We’re looking at an 8:00 a.m. start to get the event underway and will get a full day of competition in with three-to-five foot surf on offer,” Hawaii/Tahiti Nui Tour Manager Marty Thomas said. “Heats will be 25-minutes and we’ll get through all of Round 1, as well as Round 2 Heats 1 – 11. Good luck to all our competitors today.”
This is the highest-rated event in the first half of the WSL Hawaii/Tahiti Nui regional season with valuable points on the line to help competitors begin their run toward the Championship Tour (CT).
Contest organizers expect to finish Round 1 and get straight through Round 2 Heat 11 by day’s end. The 25-minute, 4-man priority heats will be highlighted with some of the region’s top QS talents in Round 1. Just a few names set to debut in Round 1 from the Hawaii/Tahiti Nui circuit; Da Hui Backdoor Shootout winner Tyler Newton (Heat 1), one of the top young talents in the world Eli Hanneman (Heat 2), former Big Wave World Champion Makuakai Rothman(Heat 5), Pipe specialist Eli Olson (Heat 7) and all-around threat Kai Lenny(Heat 8) are just a few standouts to watch for in the early goings.
The 2018 Volcom Pipe Pro will run on the four biggest and best days of surf within the holding period, determined by contest officials, and will be broadcast LIVE via worldsurfleague.com, the WSL app and volcom.com/pipepro. Tune into Spectrum SURF Channel for their live and replay television coverage of the 2018 Volcom Pipe Pro on digital channels 250 SD and 1250 HD across the state of Hawaii.
Fans can watch every minute of the Volcom Pipe Pro live and on-demand on Red Bull TV, available at redbull.tv or as a free downloadable app.
For more information about the Volcom Pipe Pro, visit worldsurfleague.comand volcom.com.
Volcom Pipe Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
All surfers from Hawaii (HAW) unless otherwise noted.
Heat 1: Landon McNamara, Kaito Kino, Ryder Guest, Tyler Newtown
Heat 2: Eli Hanneman, Olamana Eleogram, Brodi Sale, Jackson Bunch
Heat 3: Koa Rothman, Robert Grilho, Takayuki Wakita, Kalani Rivero
Heat 4: Kala Willard, Noah Beschen, Chris Foster, Danny Fuller
Heat 5: Kyle Ramsey, Eala Stewart, Makuakai Rothman, Gavin Gillette
Heat 6: Love Hodel, Luke Adolfson, Joey Johnston, Anthony Walsh
Heat 7: Eli Olson, Makana Pang, Turo Ariitu (PYF), Eimeo Czermak (PYF)
Heat 8: Ezra Sitt, Kai Lenny, Kalani David, Sage Tutterow
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