Round 3 of Billabong Pipe Masters is ON, Possible ASP World Title Decided Today
PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Tuesday, December 10, 2013) – Round 3 of the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons has been called on in clean six foot (2 metre) waves at Pipeline and Backdoor with Round 4 currently on standby. The Billabong Pipe Masters marks the third and final stop of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.
The Billabong Pipe Masters marks the pinnacle of the 2013 ASP season, crowning the ASP World Champion, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Champion, and final qualifiers for next year's WCT.
"We've seen some good barrels at Pipe and Backdoor this morning and plan on starting with Round 3," Marty Thomas, Billabong Pipe Masters Contest Director said. "We'd like to complete the round and have currently placed Round 4 on Standby for this afternoon." Today’s competition could see the crowning of Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, as the 2013 ASP World Champion. If Kelly Slater (USA), 41, fails to advance from his Round 3 heat, Fanning will secure the crown.
The Billabong Pipe Masters holds a waiting period from December 8-20 and is webcast LIVE via vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com. Up first this morning will be Taj Burrow (AUS), 35, against Yadin Nicol (AUS), 28, in Heat 1 Round 3 of the Billabong Pipe Masters.
UPCOMING BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 3 MATCH UPS:
Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Patrick Gudauskas (USA)
Heat 4: Nat Young (USA) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Gabriel Medina (BRA)
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Kaimana Jaquias (HAW)
Heat 7: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Mitch Crews (AUS)
Heat 10: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)