PIPELINE, Hawaii (Monday, Dec.11, 2006) – With the swell still pumping in at around two to three metres (six to eight feet) at the Banzai Pipeline this morning, organisers of the Rip Curl Pro Pipeline Masters have made the call to send out round two.
Today's draw will kick off at 8.30am (local time) with eight-time and 2006 Foster's ASP World Tour champion Kelly Slater (USA) taking on Paulo Moura (BRA), Roy Powers (HAW) and 16-year-old Australian charger Owen Wright.
And while the race for the ASP world crown has been sewn up by Slater, the focus now is one who can win the Vans Triple Crown.
Andy Irons (HAW) and Joel Parkinson are the only remaining competitors in contention and Parkinson faces sudden death again today when he surfs in heat four against Luke Stedman (AUS), Adrian Buchan (AUS) and Tamayo Perry (HAW).
If he is eliminated the Triple Crown honour will instantly go to Irons.
Two out of the four man heats today will progress and will meet up against yesterday's heat winners in round three.
Round Two Heat Draw
Heat 1:Kelly Slater (USA); Paulo Moura (BRA); Roy Powers (HAW); Owen Wright (AUS)
Heat 2: Mick Fanning (AUS); Marcelo Nunes (BRA); Pedro Henrique (BRA); Jamie Sterling (HAW)
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS); Nathan Hedge (AUS); David Weare (ZAF); Aamion Goodwin (HAW)
Heat 4: Joel Parkinson (AUS); Luke Stedman (AUS); Adrian Buchan (AUS); Tamayo Perry (HAW)
Heat 5: Bobby Martinez (USA); Jake Paterson (AUS); Yuri Sodre (BRA); Randall Paulson (HAW)
Heat 6: Dean Morrison (AUS); Darren O'Rafferty (AUS); Ian Walsh (HAW); Tory Baron (HAW)
Heat 7: TaylorKnox (USA); Mark Occhilupo (AUS); Rob Machado (USA); Makua Rothman (HAW)
Heat 8: CJ Hobgood (USA); Trent Munro (AUS); Nathan Carroll (HAW); Dustin Barca (HAW)