|Pipe Invitational to Determine Event Wildcards
The first competition day of the Billabong Pipe Masters pres. by Hydro Flask will feature the Pipe Invitational, a 32-man trial event that awards the top two finishers a wildcard into the main event. The draw is composed of the top Hawaii competitors from the 2020 Volcom Pipe Pro and the International and Regional QS, event sponsor wildcards, standout Pipe performers, and the previous year’s Pipe Invitational winner.
‘Best of Three Heats’ Surf Off
This year’s first day of competition will also feature a Surf Off between Mikey Wright (AUS) and Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) where the surfers will battle in a ‘best of three heats’ format for a spot on the entire 2021 CT season. The winner will join the world’s best surfers as number 34 in the ranking, while the runner-up will be on standby throughout the season and will earn a spot at any CT stop where a Top 34 surfer withdraws.
Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask Seeding Round Matchups
Heat 1: Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Peterson Crisanto (BRA), Morgan Cibilic (AUS)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA), Yago Dora (BRA), Mikey Wright (AUS)
Heat 3: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Frederico Morais (BRA), Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA)
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Jadson Andre (BRA), Sebastian Zietz (HAW)
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Adriano de Souza (BRA), TBD
Heat 6: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Matthew McGillivray (ZAF), TBD
Heat 7: John John Florence (HAW), Conner Coffin (USA), Deivid Silva (BRA)
Heat 8: Kelly Slater (USA), Wade Carmichael (AUS), Connor O’Leary (AUS)
Heat 9: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Ethan Ewing (AUS)
Heat 10: Julian Wilson (AUS), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 11: Seth Moniz (HAW), Jack Freestone (AUS), Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Heat 12: Michel Bourez (PYF), Ryan Callinan (AUS), Jack Robinson (AUS)
The Billabong Pipeline Masters pres. by Hydro Flask is the first stop on the 2021 Men’s CT, and the rankings after the penultimate stop will determine the top five male surfers to make it into the first-ever WSL Finals, which will be held in Lower Trestles in Southern California in September 2021. This playoff-style competition will determine the 2021 WSL Champions in a single day of intense, world-class surfing.