Pipeline is pumping perfect waves

Solid five-to-seven foot (2 – 2.5 metre) barrels are steamrolling through the lineup this morning, prompting event organizers for the Billabong Pipe Masters to call competition on, with Round 3 commencing at 8am.

Stop No. 10 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pipe Masters marks the third and final event of the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series) and today’s incredible conditions provide the perfect setting for what could potentially be the most exciting day of the year.

“We’ve got great surf today in the five-to-seven foot range,” Randy Rarcick, Vans Triple Crown Contest Director, said. “We’ll be getting underway at 8am and we’re expecting to run Rounds 3 and 4.”

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Alejo Muniz

Alejo Muniz (BRA), Rafael Pereira (VEN), Leandro Usuna (ARG), Analí Gómez (PER), Camila Cassia (BRA) and Gabriela Leite (BRA) entered the history books today, Friday, December 11, in Montoya beach, after winning the 1st South American Beach Games medals in the Surfing Competition.

It was a short but intense day 3, with only two finals being held in 3 foot, glassy right-handers.

The Women’s final went to the water first with a strong start for Brazilian, Camila Cassia but then, Peruvian Analí Gómez found the right waves, and took the lead after scoring a 5.00 and a 6.33 to win the gold. Cassia took the silver and Leite the bronze.

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John John Florence

Competitors reveled in the gently groomed four-to-six foot (1.5 – 2 metre) barrels of the Banzai Pipeline today as the remaining nine Round 2 heats of the Billabong Pipe Masters were completed before competition was called off for the day.

Event No. 10 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pipe Masters marks the third and final stop of the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series) and the Hawaiians ruled the day’s proceedings, taking six wins in nine heats.

John John Florence (HAW), 16, wildcard and youngest the competitor in the Billabong Pipe Masters, was dominant once again today, effortlessly threading both the Backdoor rights and the Pipeline lefts with pancahe and aplomb to net the day’s highest heat total, an 18.90 out of a possible 20, to eliminate ASP World No. 27, Heitor Alves (BRA), 27.

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