A LAY day has been called at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Hawaii.
The final stop of the 2014 ASP World Championship Tour is one of the most anticipated in recent history, with 3 surfers remaining in contention to be crowned the world’s surfing champion.
There’s plenty of speculation the competition will be called on in the coming days, with some serious swell on the horizon.
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“We have a good amount of swell today but there’s still a significant amount of sand on the reef,” Kieren Perrow, ASP Commissioner, said.
“With the abundance of swell in the coming days, we anticipate that to clear the sand out and set us up for some spectacular days of surfing. Lay day today, but we’ll be back tomorrow to make another call.”
As the third and final stop on the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Series, the Billabong Pipe Masters will also determine the winner of the revered three-event leg.
This will all go down at the world-famous Banzai Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore and, with ample swell energy bearing down on the Hawaiian islands over the coming weeks, the 2014 Billabong Pipe Masters is sure to be the must-see surf event of the year.
Brazilian phenom Gabriel Medina, reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning, and 11-time ASP World Champion and sporting icon Kelly Slater are the three remaining contenders in the hunt for this year’s world surfing crown.
The 2014 Title race scenarios are now as follows:
– If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipe Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World Title.
– If Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
– If Medina finishes 5th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.
– If Medina finishes 9th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to finish 2nd or better and Slater will be out of contention.
-If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to finish 3rd to win or 5th to send the title race into a one-heat “surf-off” between himself and Medina.
– If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Slater will need to win the event.
Each ASP Top 34 surfer’s ranking is based on his best nine results out of 11 events. This formula is used to not only determined the ASP World Champion, but also which surfers will qualify for the 2015 tour.