VIDEO: Slater Keeps World Title Hopes Alive At Billabong
By VansTripleCrownofSurfing.com // December 14, 2014
Billabong Pipe Masters
ABOVE VIDEO: Cocoa Beach’s Kelly Slater dominates in the Billabong Pipe Masters on Saturday.
ABOVE VIDEO: The 11-time World Champ and seven-time Pipe Master talks through the ins and outs of surfing Pipe.
BANZAI PIPELINE, OAHU, HAWAII – Wild, giant surf shut down competition Saturday at the Billabong Pipe Masters In Memory of Andy Irons, but not before 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) redeemed himself to keep his world title hopes alive in Round 2.
All Round 2 heats were completed before a rising swell with wave face heights of up to 30 feet washed out the competition zone, forcing an official “off” call at 1:45 p.m.
Of the 12 heats completed, only two saw heat totals of more than 10 points out of 20 – a testament to the difficult conditions and minimal number of successful tube rides made.
Slater topped the scores with 17 points against Men’s Pipe Masters Invitational winner Reef McIntosh (HAW), closing the 40-minute heat with a near-perfect, deep and hollow tube that scored 9.57 points.
He had the crowd cheering on their feet as he dropped into a deep pit, finishing off with a wraparound cutback and a chop hop for the highest single-wave score of the day.
It was a satisfying result even though Slater had been skeptical about starting at all today.
Event organizers will reconvene at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow to assess conditions and decide whether or not the contest is on.
The next day of competition at the Billabong Pipe Masters could see a conclusion to this year’s World Title race as well as crown a Vans Triple Crown champion.
Billabong Pipe Masters Round 2 Results (1st to R3, 2nd = 25th)
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA) 17.00pts def. Reef McIntosh (HAW) 7.00pts
Heat 2: Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.33pts def. Makai McNamara (HAW) 4.57pts
Heat 3: Dusty Payne (HAW) 4.30pts def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 4.30pts
Heat 4: Nat Young (USA) 8.50pts def. Mitch Coleborn (AUS) 4.77pts
Heat 5: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 7.17pts def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 4.13pts
Heat 6: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 7.64pts def. Glenn Hall (IRL) 7.07pts
Heat 7: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 3.47pts def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 1.30pts
Heat 8: Kai Otton (AUS) 7.16pts def. Brett Simpson (USA) 6.83pts
Heat 9: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 6.90pts def. Mitch Crews (AUS) 1.57pts
Heat 10: Jadson Andre (BRA) 12.70pts def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 2.73pts
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS) 4.50pts def. Dion Atkinson (AUS) 0.84pts
Heat 12: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 4.13pts def. Aritz Aranburu (ESP) 3.24pts
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)