Pipeline: Day Two action wrap-up
Billabong Pipe Masters
ASP Men's World Tour Event
Banzai Pipeline, North Shore Oahu
8 - 20 December 2012
Day Two action wrap-up in video and photos
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 December, 2012 : - - Banzai Pipeline, Oahu/Hawaii - Sebastian Zietz has won the 2012 Vans Triple Crown Title of Surfing and is through to the quarter finals of the Billabong Pipe Masters In Memory of Andy Irons. The event was held Sunday in pumping six-to-eight foot surf and Zietz was in flawless form, eliminating defending Vans Triple Crown champion John John Florence in Round 3. Zietz won a record $100,000, as well as a $30,000 Harley Davidson and a $10,000 custom Nixon watch. Zietz went on to claim the opening Round 4 bout over Damien Hobgood (USA), and Dane Reynolds, advancing directly into the quarters.
The ASP World Title Race drama continued Sunday as Kelly Slater, Joel Parkinson, and Mick Fanning put on a show in the classic Pipeline conditions while battling for their respective rights to win the coveted Billabong Pipe Masters. Kelly Slater current ASP WCT No. 2, was methodical in his Round 3 heat, navigating both Pipeline and Backdoor with precision for a commanding win over wildcard Billy Kemper. Slater earned the day's highest heat total, an 18.63 out of 20, for his efforts.
Joel Parkinson, current ASP WCT No. 1, improved his chances of clinching a maiden ASP World Title, taking a Round 3 win over wildcard Kalani Chapman, with textbook barrels at Backdoor. Parkinson went on to blitz his afternoon Round 4 bout, advancing directly to the Quarterfinals. Slater will contest his Round 4 heat when competition recommences.
Mick Fanning, who was in contention for the ASP World Title heading into the Billabong Pipe Masters, was eliminated from competition by wildcard Shane Dorian, Sunday afternoon, ending his chances of a 3rd ASP World Title at the Banzai Pipeline.
Reynolds, a wildcard into the event, posted the only perfect 10-point ride of the Billabong Pipe Masters so far, driving through a deep backdoor barrel en route to eliminating Adriano de Souza in Round 3. Reynolds' perfect score came in his second heat victory of the day after besting Kai Otton in Round 2 in their morning match up. After an impressive run this morning, Reynolds fell short against Zietz in his afternoon, non-elimination Round 4 heat and will take on C.J. Hobgood in Round 5 when competition resumes.
Gabriel Medina led the Brazilian charge while getting the best of Kolohe Andino in an incredible Round 3 rookie battle. Medina, who is often cited for his aerial game, looked comfortable in Pipeline's heavy conditions and earned one of the event's high-heat totals of 18.50 for two immaculate Pipeline bombs.
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BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.40, Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.17, Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.96
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.10, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 6.20, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 5.83
REMAINING BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS ROUND 4 MATCH UPS:
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Josh Kerr (AUS), Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 4: Yadin Nicol (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Shane Dorian (HAW)
Author: The Editors
Tags: Billabong Pipe Masters, Vans Triple Crown, World Titles