PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Monday, December 14, 2009) – Small surf in the three-to-four foot (1 metre) range is on offer today at the Banzai Pipeline, prompting Billabong Pipe Masters event organizers to call a lay day for competition.
Event No. 10 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pipe Masters also marks the third and final jewel in the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series), and will swell projected for the coming days, event organizers are confident in holding out for better conditions.
"The surf is small today so we have called the Billabong Pipe Masters off," Randy Rarick, Vans Triple Crown Contest Director, said. "We're expecting a swell to build throughout the evening and are looking for a possible start tomorrow."
Saturday saw the culmination of the 2009 ASP World Title race with Mick Fanning (AUS), 28, securing his second ASP crown.
While the ASP World Title has been decided, there is still plenty on the line as the Vans Triple Threat is offering a bonus $50,000 for the winner of the Billabong Pipe Masters as well as a bonus $50,000 for the winner of the Vans Triple Crown.
Surfline, official forecasters for the Billabong Pipe Masters, are calling for surf to drop slightly throughout the day before building late into the night and tomorrow.
Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 6:30 a.m. to assess conditions for a possible 8 a.m. start.
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BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS:
QF 1: Dean Morrison (AUS) vs. Damien Hobgood (USA)
QF 2: Flynn Novak (HAW) vs. Kelly Slater (USA)
QF 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
QF 4: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Dane Reynolds (USA)