MICK FANNING will have to continue his nervous wait, with the Pipeline Masters called off for another day.
“Conditions have got worse since this morning,” Kieren Perrow, ASP Commissioner, said.
“The wind is really strong here now and the swell has got that North angle, which isn’t great, so we are off for the day. We’ll come back tomorrow and we’re hoping for the wind to settle down. The good news is that the forecast towards the end of the week has improved and is looking promising.”
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The three remaining World Title contenders Gabriel Medina, Mick Fanning and Kelly Slater will all surf in elimination Round 3 when competition resumes.
Medina looks to have the toughest battle, taking on Vans Triple Crown of Surfing ratings leader Dusty Payne, who’s also fighting for his spot on next year’s WCT.
Fanning faces Jeremy Flores (FRA) and Slater will match-up against Alejo Muniz (BRA).
Surfline, official forecaster for the Billabong Pipe Masters, are calling for:
The very solid WNW swell that filled in on Saturday will continue on Sunday: shifting more NW to NNW in direction and very gradually trending down through the afternoon. The swell will be fading on Monday as the direction shifts to the NNE/N and dropping off to leftovers by Tuesday. Strong trades prevail Sun-Mon, easing a bit on Tuesday. A small WNW swell is on track for Wednesday and Thursday morning, with a moderate WNW swell on track for Thursday afternoon and into Friday. Trades will also ease for the middle to second half of the upcoming week.
Billabong Pipe Masters Round 3 Match-Ups (1st to R4, 2nd = 13th):
Heat 1: John John Florence (HAW) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 2: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW)
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Matt Wilkinson (AUS)
Heat 4: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
Heat 5: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 6: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 7: Kolohe Andino (HAW) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)
Heat 8: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. Adrian Buchan (AUS)
Heat 9: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 10: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Sebastien Zietz (HAW)
Heat 11: Nat Young (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 12: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Alejo Muniz (BRA)