PIPELINE, Hawaii (Tuesday, Dec.12, 2006) – With swell size backing off over night organisers of the Rip Curl Pro Pipeline Masters have decided to call the event off for today.
While the previous two days have seen the incredible wave that is the Banzai Pipeline at its best, this morning was by no means up to scratch as a one meter (three to four foot) swell pulsed in over the reef.
The event, which is up to the third round, could potentially be finished in one day given that there are only 15 heats remaining (eight in round three, four quarterfinals, two semifinals and one final) and with the waiting period extending out until December 20 organisers will wait only until the biggest and best waves are on offer.
As mentioned the past two days were epic to say the least and many were buzzing that some of the duels were up there with the finest moments of the event's lengthy 36-year history.
"Both days were unbelievable," said ASP International President and 1978 world champion Wayne Rabbit Bartholomew. "The two days that we just witnessed were the best Pipe this winter and the surfing from the guys was just insane!"