The world’s best surfers are getting ready for the 2011 Billabong Pipe Masters in honor of Andy Irons. The Billabong Pipe Masters is the final stop on the 2011 ASP World Title Series and is happening right now!
Can you believe we’re finishing off the year? We hear a solid West Northwest swell is expected for the North Shore of Oahu so it should make for an exciting end to an awesome year of surfing.
As many of us already know, Kelly Slater (USA), 39, clinched a historic 11th ASP World Title at the previous event in San Francisco.
The focus for this Billabong Pipe Masters will be on the Vans Triple Crown Title (the third and last stop) and the requalification campaigns of the world’s best surfers. The overall winner, based on accumulation of most points during the three contests, will walk away with a Nixon WTA (Winner-Takes-All) victory. The Nixon WTA and overall Triple Crown of Surfing winner will take home bragging rights and a custom one-of-a-kind black ceramic automatic Nixon 51-30 watch valued at over $10,000 USD.
John John Florence (HAW), 18, newcomer to the elite ASP Top 34 after the September rotation, is currently at the top of the board for the 2011 Vans Triple Crown Title after winning at Sunset last week.
Mick Fanning (AUS), 30, and defending Billabong Pipe Masters champion Jeremy Flores (FRA), 23, have withdrawn from competition due to injury and have been replaced by first alternates C.J. Hobgood (USA), 32, and Adam Melling (AUS), 26, respectively.
The ASP has also awarded two wildcard spots to surfers next in line on the ASP World Rankings: Kolohe Andino (USA), 17, and Willian Cardoso (BRA). Both surfers will receive ASP World Rankings points for their campaigns at the Billabong Pipeline Masters.
Here are the rankings heading into the Billabong Pipe Masters:
VANS TRIPLE CROWN TOP 3:
1. John John Florence (HAW) 9,780 pts
2. Adam Melling (AUS) 9,650 pts
3. Michel Bourez (PYF) 8,480 pts
ASP WORLD TITLE TOP 5:
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 63,350 pts
2. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 48,600 pts
3. Owen Wright (AUS) 47,900 pts
4. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 43,700 pts
5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 42,200 pts
The Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons will run from December 8 – 20, 2011 and will be webcast LIVE via http://vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com/billabongpipemasters2011
For additional information log on to www.aspworldtour.com.