Billabong Pipe Masters 2017 live stream: What to know, watch World Surf League online
John John Florence and Gabriel Medina will look to catch the wave to a championship
The final event of the WSL's Championship Tour is here, and some of the best surfers in the world will look to make their mark in Hawaii at the Billabong Pipe Masters. Gabriel Medina highlights a star-studded field that features Filipe Toledo, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning, as these surfers are seeking a win at the biggest surfing event of the year. John John Florence heads in as the 2017 CT leader, and he can clinch a second title in a row with a Finals appearance at this event.
The event window runs from Dec. 8 to Dec. 20, and the scheduling is just a bit wonky. Basically, the swell determines when and where events will start. If a champion is crowned before the 20th, the event will end. Generally speaking, rounds will be announced based on the weather around 6-7 a.m. Hawaii time. If there's no surf, a lay day will occur -- but should the event reach the 20th, remaining competitors will compete no matter what.
Billabong Pipe Masters Round 1 where to watch
Dec. 15 forecast (per World Surf League):
6-10' faces AM, fading PM. Strong NE trades.
SWELL/SURF: NW swell continues to trend down through the day.
WIND: Strong, breezy NE trades.
TIDES: .4' low 7:34am, .7 high at 1:07pm, 0' low at 5:52PM
Round 1 Heats
Heat 1: Matt Wilkinson; Jeremy Flores, Jadson Andre
Heat 2: Owen Wright; Kanoa Igarashi; Josh Kerr
Heat 3: Julian Wilson; Conner Coffin; Stuart Kennedy
Heat 4: Jordy Smith; Bede Durbidge; Ethan Ewing
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina; Miguel Pupo
Heat 6: John John Florence; Wiggolly Dantas
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza; Caio Ibelli; Jack Freestone
Heat 8: Kolohe Andino; Joan Duru; Kelly Slater
Heat 9: Filipe Toledo; Michel Bourez; Ezekiel Lau
Heat 10: Sebastian Zietz; Adrian Buchan; Ian Gouveia
Heat 11: Joel Parkinson; Connor O'Leary; Leonardo Fioravanti
Heat 12: Mick Fanning; Frederico Morais; Italo Ferreira
Bold: Indicates heat winner
Who can win and how (per World Surf League):
- If John John makes the Final of the Billabong Pipe Masters he will clinch the 2017 World Title.
- If Gabriel Medina wins at Pipe, he'll clinch only if John John finishes no better than 3rd.
- If John John does no better than 9th, Medina can clinch with a 2nd place finish. Jordy Smith can clinch it with a win.
- If John John gets 13th or 25th, Medina needs 5th to clinch the title, Smith a 2nd, and Julian a win.
*We will update this post as times become available and heats unfold. It promises to be a long two weeks, but incredibly exciting, as these 32 competitors vie for the WSL Title.
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