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Counting Down For The Billabong Pipe Masters

November 24, 2014
EVENT WINDOW: 8th to 20th December 2014
LOCATION: Banzai Pipeline, North Shore, Hawaii
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 Banzai Pipeline has played host to a number of ASP World Title showdowns, and is never short on action. 
This year’s World Title is once again a down-to-the-wire race for the ultimate prize.
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PRIDE OF THE NORTH SHORE: 
Hawaiians are proud of the Pipe Masters and the results are in their favour. But while the island state has the greatest number of contest winners (17) the surfer with the most wins is from the mainland: Kelly Slater (USA) earned his seventh title at last year’s event. There hasn’t been a Hawaiian champion since Andy Irons won in 2006.
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MAKING THE DROP:
Pipeline pitches as the incoming swell surges over the shallow reef, making for intense late drops straight into the barrel.
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The 2014 Title race scenarios are now as follows:

If Medina finishes 2nd or better at the Billabong Pipe Masters, he will clinch the 2014 ASP World Title.

If Medina finishes 3rd at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.

If Medina finishes 5th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to win the event and Slater will be out of contention.

If Medina finishes 9th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to finish 2nd or better and Slater will be out of contention.

If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Fanning will need to finish 3rd to win or 5th to send the title race into a one-heat “surf-off” between himself and Medina.

If Medina finishes 13th or 25th at the Billabong Pipe Masters, Slater will need to win the event.

Note: The 2014 ASP World Championship Tour rankings are based on a surfer’s best nine results out of 11 events.

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PAST EVENT CHAMPIONS:

2013: Kelly Slater (USA)
2012: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
2011: Kieren Perrow (AUS)
2010: Jeremy Flores (FRA)Masters, now dedicated to his memory.2006: Andy Irons (HAW)
2005: Andy Irons (HAW)
2004: Jamie O’Brien (HAW)
2003: Andy Irons (HAW)
2002: Andy Irons (HAW)
2001: Bruce Irons (HAW)
2000: Rob Machado (USA)
1999: Kelly Slater (USA)
1998: Jake Paterson (AUS)
1997: Johnny-Boy Gomes (HAW)
1996: Kelly Slater (USA)
1995: Kelly Slater (USA)
1994: Kelly Slater (USA)
1993: Derek Ho (HAW)
1992: Kelly Slater (USA)
1991: Tom Carroll (AUS)
1990: Tom Carroll (AUS)
1989: Gary Elkerton (AUS)
1988: Robbie Page (AUS)
1987: Tom Carroll (AUS)
1986: Derek Ho (HAW)
1985: Mark Occhilupo (AUS)
1984: Joey Buran (USA)
1983: Dane Kealoha (HAW)
1982: Michael Ho (HAW)
1981: Simon Anderson (AUS)
1980: Mark Richards (AUS)
1979: Larry Blair (AUS)
1978: Larry Blair (AUS)
1977: Rory Russell (HAW)
1976: Rory Russell (HAW)
1975: Shaun Tomson (ZAF)
1974: Jeff Crawford (USA)
1973: Gerry Lopez (HAW)
1972: Gerry Lopez (HAW)
1971: Jeff Hakman (HAW)

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