Round 1 of Billabong Pipe Masters Called ON

  • Round 1 Called ON for 8 AM HST Start
  • Women’s Pipe Invitational on Standby
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Pictured: Round 1 of the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons has been called ON for today. 
Credit: © WSL / Cestari

BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Thursday, December 13, 2018) – The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2018 World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour (CT), has been called ON with 4-to-6 foot NW swell on hand at Pipe. Round 1 will start at 8:00 a.m. HST with the Women’s Pipe Invitational on hold for a potential start today. 

“We are on with Round 1 at 8:00 a.m. local time,” said Renato Hickel, WSL Deputy Commissioner. “We will run 30-minute heats today in the four-to-six foot conditions at Pipe. We have also put the Women’s Pipe Invitational on standby to possibly run today.”

The Billabong Pipe Masters will cap off the season to determine the 2018 Men’s World Champion and the winner of the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of the Surfing (VTCS). Three athletes remain in contention to claim the World Title: Gabriel Medina (BRA)Julian Wilson (AUS), and Filipe Toledo (BRA)

The Men’s World Title Scenarios going into the last event of the season, the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii, are as follows:
– If Gabriel Medina finishes 1st or 2nd at the Billabong Pipe Masters, he wins the World Title;
– If Gabriel Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Julian Wilson and Filipe Toledo will need to finish 1st;
– If Gabriel Medina finishes 5th-25th, Julian Wilson and Filipe Toledo will need a 2nd or 1st at Pipe.

More information about the 2018 World Title Showdown at the Billabong Pipe Masters. 

Yesterday’s Pipe Invitational opened the competition and decided the two event wildcards: Ryan Callinan (AUS) and Benji Brand (HAW)

Round 1 Heat 6 will see World No. 1 Gabriel Medina (BRA) against Connor O’Leary (AUS) and Brand. 

Callinan will be in Heat 7 against 2018 rookies Wade Carmichael (AUS) and Griffin Colapinto (USA)

Up first this morning will be 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater (USA) against Jordy Smith (ZAF) and Federico Morais (PRT)

Women’s Pipe Invitational on Standby for Today
The Women’s Pipe Invitational is on hold for today and could potentially run after the men’s Round 1. Four athletes will compete in a single-heat Final for the prestigious win, including seven-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS),  three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW) and Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Surfline Forecast for the Billabong Pipe Masters
Billabong Pipe Masters Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Frederico Morais (PRT), Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS), Yago Dora (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 3: Italo Ferriera (BRA), Joan Duru (FRA), Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Caio Ibelli (BRA)
Heat 5: Julian Wilson (AUS), Tomas Hermes (BRA), Seth Moniz (HAW)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Benji Brand (HAW)
Heat 7: Wade Carmichael (AUS), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 8: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 9: Michel Bourez (PYF), Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 10: Conner Coffin (USA), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Jesse Mendes (BRA)
Heat 11: Kolohe Andino (USA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Joel Parkinson (AUS)
Heat 12: Willian Cardoso (BRA), Michael Rodrigues (BRA), Patrick Gudauskas (USA)

Women’s Pipe Invitational Final Matchup:
F: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Carissa Moore (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW), Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Watch LIVE
The Billabong Pipe Masters will be broadcast LIVE on WSL’s Facebook page and Also check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.

About the WSL 

The World Surf League (WSL) is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The organization, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.

The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, annually running more than 180 global events across the Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed Men’s and Women’s World Champions across all tours.

Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright, John Florence, Lakey Peterson, Paige Alms, Kai Lenny, Taylor Jensen, Honolua Blomfield, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most dynamic field of play of any global sport.

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