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Travis Logie and Jordy Smith eliminated in pumping waves at Billabong Pipe Masters : Zietz wins Vans Triple Crown

December 10th, 2012

Billabong Pipe Masters In Memory of Andy Irons
Event No. 10 of 10 on 2012 ASP World Championship Tour
Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii
Dec 8-20, 2012

Banzai Pipeline, Oahu/Hawaii – South Africans Travis Logie and Jordy Smith were bundled out of the season ending Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons yesterday as the waves continued to produce incredibly hollow tube rides across the shallow Banzai Pipeline reef.

Logie was ousted in Round 2 by in-form Hawaiian wildcard Sebastian Zietz, 24, who was officially crowned the 2012 Vans Triple Crown Champion two heats later when Adam Melling (AUS), his nearest rival for the prestigious title, was eliminated by Miguel Pupo (BRA).

Zietz collected US $100 000, a $30 000 Harley Davidson motorcycle and a $10 000 custom Nixon watch for his Triple Crown victory. The Kauaian went on to cause a major upset by eliminating current ASP WCT No. 4 and crowd favourite John John Florence (HAW) in Round 3 of the Billabong Pipe Masters before becoming the first competitor to reach the quarter-finals when he won his Round 4 match up with Damien Hobgood and Dane Reynolds, both from the USA.

Smith was defeated by 2001 ASP World Champion CJ Hobgood (USA) in their Round 3 clash with the Floridian getting deeper in the left breaking waves than the South African.

Logie and Smith were joined on the sidelines by ASP World Title contender Mick Fanning (AUS) who could not match the high scoring exploits of big wave charger and Billabong wildcard Shane Dorian with the Hawaiian weaving his way through a pair of throaty Backdoor barrels to post a narrow 15.67 vs. 15.07 victory

The battle for the 2012 ASP World Title continues with current rankings leader Joel Parkinson (AUS) comprehensively outpointing dangerous local wildcard Kalani Chapman (HAW) in Round 3 and then winning his three-man Round 4 match-up against defending Pipeline champion Kieron Perrow (AUS) and CJ Hobgood in the last heat of the day to advance directly to the quarter-finals.

“It’s good to get in the water and start the game,” Parkinson said. “It was torture watching yesterday, but it’s a nervous frustration.”

Meanwhile in the bottom half of the draw, Kelly Slater (USA) posted a 9.73 for a really deep ride on a Pipeline left and backed that up with an 8.90 for a hollow Backdoor right to record 18.63 out of a possible 20, the highest heat tally of the event to date, while fending off the challenge of Hawaiian Billy Kemper in Round 3.

“We’ve had enough time to think about it,” Slater said about the importance of focusing on each heat at the Billabong Pipe Masters rather than the distractions that come along with the ASP World Title Race. ” If you’re thinking about that during your heat, you’re not thinking about what’s going on in the water. You have to be clear minded from all of that stuff.”

When the contest resumes, Slater will take on Brazilian phenom Gabriel Medina, who amassed a heat total of 18.50 for his stylish tube-riding on the lefts, and Josh Kerr (AUS), who earned 18.13 for his exploits on the rights, in what promises to be a high performance display of contest surfing. The winner will advance directly to the Quarters while those placed second and third get another chance to move into the last eight in Round 5.

If Slater does not reach the quarters, Parkinson, a four-time runner-up, will clinch his maiden ASP World Title.

The title is decided by the total of each surfer’s best eight results from the 10 stops on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT). Even though ‘Parko’ has a 3 200 point lead over Slater in the rankings, the 11-time and reigning ASP World Champion will replace a much lower ‘throwaway’ score and, if he does make it into the quarters, Parko will need to advance to the semis.

If Slater then also makes the semis, to win the world title Parko will need to get into the final. If Slater joins him there, and the seeding dictates that the final is only place that the two can actually come up against each other in the same heat, then the situation reverses and Slater will have to win the event to be crowned the ASP World Champion for a record setting 12th time.

Surfline, the official surf forecaster for the Vans Triple Crown events, predicts that the current swell will continue to fade through Monday with 1.5 to three metre mostly right-breaking waves in the morning, getting smaller during the day. The swell will be head-high or smaller though Tuesday and Wednesday with a new medium size swell due for Thursday and a much larger new swell due on Friday if the storms now forming near Japan develop as predicted.

Event organizers will reconvene at 6:30am (6:30pm SA time) today to assess conditions for a possible 8am (8pm) start.

All the action from the Billabong Pipe Masters can be followed live via http://vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com/billabongpipemasters2012/live. The website also features comprehensive coverage of every heat already surfed in the ‘Heat Analyser’ section

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

Sunday’s Results

Heat 4: Shane Dorian (HAW) 13.77 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 11.10
Heat 5: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.60 def. Ricardo dos Santos (BRA) 12.76
Heat 6: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 12.73 def. Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.17
Heat 7: Dane Reynolds (USA) 17.00 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 13.26
Heat 8: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 15.66 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 9.90
Heat 10: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 14.17 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 12.17
Heat 11: Kolohe Andino (USA) 9.47 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 3.83
Heat 12: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 16.33 def. Heitor Alves (BRA) 7.12

Heat 1: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 15.00 def. John John Florence (HAW) 7.83
Heat 2: Damien Hobgood (USA) 16.10 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 10.83
Heat 3: Dane Reynolds (USA) 17.83 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 8.50
Heat 4: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 14.16 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.17
Heat 5: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 11.60 def. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 8.87
Heat 6: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.17 def. Kalani Chapman (HAW) 13.50
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.50 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.06
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS) 18.13 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 17.13
Heat 9: Kelly Slater (USA) 18.63 def. Billy Kemper (HAW) 15.50
Heat 10: Yadin Nicol (AUS) 12.83 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.66
Heat 11: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.83 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 10.10
Heat 12: Shane Dorian (HAW) 15.67 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.07

Heat 1: Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 16.40, Damien Hobgood (USA) 14.17, Dane Reynolds (USA) 9.96
Heat 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.10, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 6.20, Kieren Perrow (AUS) 5.83

Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Josh Kerr (AUS), Kelly Slater (USA)
Heat 4: Yadin Nicol (AUS), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Shane Dorian (HAW)


Pictured: Travis Logie (Durban) was eliminated from Billabong Pipe Masters by Hawaiian wildcard Sebastian Zietz in their Round 2 clash on Sunday

Photo: ASP / Cestari
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