Banzai Pipeline: bubble breaker

The 2013 ASP World Qualification Series (WQS) are over. Nevertheless, the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) season is not over, and there's so much at stake that only Banzai Pipeline bombs will clear the equation.


Dream Tour surfers can improve their season results, and requalify through the ASP Men's World Ranking. But, how will the 2014 season be aligned?

The 2014 ASP Top 34 will be comprised of the Top 22 ranked surfers on the year-end ASP World Championship Tour rankings, plus Top 10 surfers ranked on the year-end ASP Men's World Ranking, plus two ASP wildcards.

Brett Simpson is ranked 22nd, as the 2013 Pipe Masters kicks off. Travis Logie, Adam Melling, Kolohe Andino, Alejo Muniz, Raoni Monteiro, Jadson Andre, Mitch Crews, Aritz Aranburu, Dion Atkinson, Mitch Coleborn, Matt Wilkinson, Bede Durbidge, Miguel Pupo, Pat Gudauskas and Damien Hobgood will be playing the bubble game.

Tiago Pires, Owen Wright, Glenn Hall and Dusty Payne have suffered long injuries, and may get an ASP wildcard for the 2014 surfing season.

Finally, let's not forget that the 2013 Billabong Pipe Masters will crown the 2014 ASP World Tour champion. Kelly Slater or Mick Fanning? The Floridian must win the contest, but if the Australian reaches the Semifinals of the Pipeline Masters 2013, he will be the next world surfing champion.