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Billabong Pipeline Masters
ASP World Championship Tour Event #9
Pipeline North Shore Oahu
8 - 20 December 2007
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BILLABONG PIPELINE MASTERS AWAITS START
Wild Week of Weather Slowly Settles
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 December, 2007 : - - Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii Ė A wild week of weather in the Hawaiian Islands is finally settling, but is yet to give way to optimal tradewind conditions, leading organizers of the Billabong PIpeline Masters, the third and final jewel of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, to call a lay-day today. Surf today is around three-feet with sideshore winds from the south-west.
An intense stationary low moved into Hawaiian waters last Tuesday, bringing with it south-west winds of up to 70 mph, flash-flooding, and stormy surf. The worst of it moved through the Islands in the small hours of Wednesday morning, knocking down trees and power lines island-wide on Oahu.
The North Shore became an "island-within-an-island" last Wednesday, with no access in or out from any direction, no power, and no stores open. Full power was only restored to the North Shore late Friday, making for extremely challenging conditions for Billabong Pipeline Masters event staging and set-up.
Regardless, crews have battled the weather and the stage is set for surfing's longest-running and most prestigious professional event to get underway. Surfline.com forecasts winds to gradually shift back towards Trades tomorrow, with a new NW swell for Tuesday.
When competition does get underway, all of the world's top-ranked surfers will take to the waves of Pipeline on day 1. That includes world champion-elect Mick Fanning, eight-time world champion Kelly Slater, and Top 5-ranked surfers Taj Burrow, Joel Parkinson, and Andy Irons.
The men's Billabong Pipeline Masters runs concurrently with the women's Billabong Pro Maui, held at Honolua Bay, Maui. These two events will wrap up the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing for 2007 and determine this year's Vans Triple Crown champion. The women's Billabong Pro Maui will also determine the 2007 ASP women's world champion.
ASP World No. 6 Bede Durbidge (AUS) currently leads the menís Vans Triple Crown of Surfing ratings followed Roy Powers (HAW), Mick Fanning (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS) and Makuakai Rothman (HAW).
Another call on competition status will be made tomorrow morning at 7am.
All of the action of this year's Billabong Pipeline Masters can be viewed live at www.billabongpro.com www.aspworldtour.com www.triplecrownofsurfing.com
Billabong Pro Round 1 Heat Draw
Heat 1: Andy Irons (HAW), Adriano de Souza (BRA), Cory Lopez (USA), Tiago Pires (PRT)
Heat 2: Bobby Martinez (USA), Leonardo Neves (BRA), Greg Emslie (ZAF), Tim Reyes (USA)
Heat 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Daniel Wills (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia (HAW), Mark Occhilupo (AUS)
Heat 4: Damien Hobgood (USA), Luke Stedman (AUS), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Gabe Kling (USA)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS), Phillip MacDonald (AUS), Ricky Basnett (ZAF), Laurie Towner (AUS)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Royden Bryson (ZAF), Kalani Chapman (HAW)
Heat 7: Taj Burrow (AUS), Bruce Irons (HAW), Chris Ward (USA), T.J Barron (HAW)
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA), Neco Padaratz (BRA), Sunny Garcia (HAW)
Heat 9: Tom Whitaker (AUS), Michael Campbell (AUS), Bernardo Miranda (BRA), Michael Lowe (AUS)
Heat 10: Taylor Knox (USA), C.J. Hobgood (USA), Josh Kerr (AUS), Luke Munro (AUS)
Heat 11: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Kai Otton (AUS), Troy Brooks (AUS), Victor Ribas (BRA)
Heat 12: Dean Morrison (AUS), Pancho Sullivan (HAW), Dayyan Neve (AUS), Shaun Cansdell (AUS)
# 1 : ASP dual heat format to debut at Billabong Pipe Masters
# 2 : Billabong Pipeline Masters kicks off event waiting period
# 3 : Coming soon
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About Vans Triple Crown of Surfing:
The $740,000 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing consists of the Reef Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, Nov. 12-24 (6* WQS, men and women), the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach, Nov.25-Dec.6 (6*WQS men and WCT women), the Billabong Pipeline Masters (men), Pipeline, Dec. 8-20 (WCT) and Billabong Pro Maui (women), Honolua Bay, Maui, Dec. 8-20 (WCT). In addition to $740,000 in prize money, both the men's and women's Vans Triple Crown champions will receive a limited edition $25,000 Chevy Colorado truck. The men's champion will also receive a custom $10,000 Nixon watch. All of the action of this year's Vans Triple Crown of Surfing can be viewed live via the internet at triplecrownofsurfing.com.
The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the governing body of professional surfing. Crowning surfing's undisputed world champions since 1976, the ASP sanctions the following tours: the Foster's ASP World Tour, the ASP Women's World Tour, the World Qualifying Series (WQS) and the World Longboarding, Junior and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world's best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.
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