Although the water is a bit brown and murky (the perfect recipe for a shark attack), the waves are cranking over here on the North Shore—again. Log on to www.billabong.wetsand.com to watch all the action.
BANZAI PIPELINE, Hawaii (Friday, Dec. 12, 2008) – Today will mark the final day of the Billabong Pipeline Masters, and 2008 ASP World Tour competition. Clean six to eight foot conditions at Pipeline have prompted event organizers to start the event at 8am.
In addition to deciding the 2008 Billabong Pipeline Masters Champion, the men’s Vans Triple Crown Champion and the year’s final ratings, the 2009 ASP World Tour line-up will be confirmed by day’s end.
Spots 22 through 45 on the ASP World Tour have already been cemented. Surfers sitting 22nd to 27th are automatically confirmed to earn berths onto next year’s tour. Should surfers in the Top 27 retire, a surfer like World No. 28 Roy Powers (HAW) would move up and make it. World No. 29 Dean Morrison has applied for an injury wildcard and World No. 31 Tiago Pires has requalified via the ASP World Qualifying Series, so if two surfers in the Top 27 retire, World No. 30 Mick Campbell (AUS) could qualify.
Final ASP World Tour Ratings from 22nd to 31st
22. Dane Reynolds (USA)
23. Taylor Knox (USA)
24. Damien Hobgood (USA)
25. Heitor Alves (BRA)
26. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
27. Ben Dunn (AUS)
28. Roy Powers (HAW)
29. Dean Morrison (AUS)
30. Mick Campbell (AUS)
31. Tiago Pires (PRT)
Billabong Pipeline Masters Round 4 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Marcus Hickman (HAW) vs. Luke Stedman (AUS)
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Tim Reyes (USA)
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 4: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) vs. Jamie O’Brien (HAW)
Heat 5: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. Tom Whitaker (AUS)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Kamalei Alexander (HAW)
Heat 7: Chris Ward (USA) vs. Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 8: Evan Valiere (HAW) vs. Andy Irons (HAW)