Billabong Pipe Masters 2013

The 2013 ASP World Championship Tour is coming to a close with the final event the Billabong Pipe Masters rolling in tomorrow until the 20th. Pipeline is often referred to as the best wave on the planet. Known for its perfect, heaving top-to-bottom barrels and its close proximity to shore, not only is it the perfect wave for those willing to charge, but also for the spectators on the beach. The fascination of Pipeline is that with the perfection comes consequence. Pipeline is one of the most dangerous waves on the planet. It has claimed more lives than any other wave in the world, one fatality a year, on average and inflicts numerous injuries and breaks boards for a hobby so it needs to be respected.

The event has been dedicated to Andy Irons who died 3 years ago, if he was alive today he would definitely be in contention for 2013 mens title.  This set out to be one of the events of the year as the title race is still open. Kelly Slater must win the event if he is to take the title which is well within his capabilities, as Mick Fanning is currently leading the world rankings so a 3rd place finish will see him secure the title.  If Slater beats Fanning this will be his 12th ASP crown, which I hope he does as he is one of my favourite surfers. But I would also like Julian Wilson to take this event, as he has been my surfer of the tour as he has been on form and doing some sick airs, but I don’t think his style is suited to Pipe. But it will be interesting to see what he pulls out of the bag. Julian Wilson was electric at Trestles earlier this year, launching massive aerials and fully-committed turns on both the lefts and rights of Lowers while posting some of the highest scores of the competition. The event can be watched live online through the ASP website, or your smartphone through the ASP or Billabong app.

Pipeline will also determine the final qualification slots for the elite 2014 ASP World Championship Tour. There are currently five surfers to watch sitting outside of the bubble for 2014 qualification .The list includes Miguel Pupo (BRA), 22, Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 28, Damien Hobgood (USA), 34, Dusty Payne (HAW), 24, and Yadin Nicol (AUS), 27.

Heat 1: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) vs. Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. Joel Centeio (HAW)
Heat 3: Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. Marcus Hickman (HAW)
Heat 4: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. Kaimana Jaquias (HAW)
Heat 5: Yadin Nicol (AUS) vs. Kahea Hart (HAW)
Heat 6: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) vs. Bruce Irons (HAW)
Heat 7: Dusty Payne (HAW) vs. Reef McIntosh (HAW)
Heat 8: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Olamana Eleogram (HAW)
Heat 9: Mitch Crews (AUS) vs. Shane Dorian (HAW)
Heat 10: Granger Larsen (HAW) vs. Kalani Chapman (HAW)
Heat 11: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) vs. Ricardo dos Santos (BRA)
Heat 12: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Ryan Callinan (AUS)

Heat 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 2: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 3: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) vs. TBD
Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) vs. TBD
Heat 5: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. TBD
Heat 6: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 7: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 8: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. TBD
Heat 9: Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. TBD
Heat 10: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 11: Adam Melling (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. TBD

Heat 1: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. TBD
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 4: Nat Young (USA) vs. TBD
Heat 5: John John Florence (HAW) vs. TBD
Heat 6: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 7: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. TBD
Heat 10: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 11: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. TBD
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. TBD