Billabong Pipe Masters: a barrel is in the making

Gentlemen, wax your surfboards. The most important Billabong Pipe Masters of the last decade is about to crown a world surfing champion.


Joel Parkinson, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning. Two Australians and one US surfer are warming up for the most exciting finish of the Triple Crown of Surfing.

The 2012 ASP World Championship Tour will be decided at the dying waves of the season. One thing's certain: all three surfers will automatically be seeded into Round 3 of competition and finish no worse than Equal 13th (1750 points).

"I've been coming to Hawaii for most of my life and it feels like a second home to me," says Joel Parkinson, as if he is only relaxing in home waters.

"I stay right there at Off The Wall and surf Pipe whenever it breaks. At this point, it’s impossible not to think about the title race, but the best you can do is focus on the event in front of you. I've never won the Pipe Masters, and my goal here is to win the event".

Kelly Slater is considered one of the best surfers ever at the Banzai Pipeline, the infamous Hawaiian break. "There's always pressure, mostly from myself, but I feel good heading into this event", the Floridian tells.

Mick Fanning says he will be having fun. Shall we believe him? "My only goals for this event are to have fun and get barreled". With regard to the title race, Joel and Kelly have to stumble and I have to do well to have a shot"

There are four scenarios in the mind of these surfers:

If Parkinson finishes 13th, 9th or 5th at the Billabong Pipe Masters:
 - Slater needs a 5th or higher to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
 - Fanning needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title.*
 *Contingent upon Slater finishing 5th or Lower at Pipeline.

If Parkinson finishes Equal 3rd at the Billabong Pipe Masters:
 - Slater needs a 3rd or higher to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
 - Fanning needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title.*
 *Contingent upon Slater finishing 5th or Lower at Pipeline.

If Parkinson finishes 2nd at the Billabong Pipe Masters:
 - Slater needs to win at Pipeline to take the 2012 ASP World Title.
 - Fanning cannot win the 2012 ASP World Title.

If Parkinson wins the Billabong Pipe Masters, he will take the 2012 ASP World title.