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Pipeline Masters is Underway

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The greatest of all surf contests is officially underway. As expected, Daniel Ross and Kamalei Alexander took to the water at Pipe this morning at 8 a.m. Hawaii time; kicking off the 2008 Billabong Pipeline Masters.

As with the previous two events in this year’s Vans Triple Crown, our friends at Wetsand will be handling the webcast duties. Especially with some of the webcast adventures we’ve experienced this year, Wetsand is doing a hell of a job enhancing our viewing pleasure.

The Billabong Pipeline Masters will utilize the ASP Dual Heats Format from Round 1 through the Quarterfinals. It will be man-on-man from the Semis onwards. Surfers are seeded into the first three rounds, with top seeds not competing until Round 3.

Billabong Pipeline Masters Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Royden Bryson (ZAF) vs. Shane Dorian (HAW)
Heat 2: Mark Occhilupo (AUS) vs. Daniel Jones (HAW)
Heat 3: T.J Barron (HAW) vs. Nathan Carroll (HAW)
Heat 4: Daniel Wills (AUS) vs. Kamalei Alexander (HAW)
Heat 5: Jihad Khodr (BRA) vs. David Wassell (HAW)
Heat 6: Aritz Aranburu (EUK) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 7: Dustin Barca (HAW) vs. Ian Walsh (HAW)
Heat 8: Jay Thompson (AUS) vs. Torrey Meister (HAW)
Heat 9: Ben Bourgeois (USA) vs. Laurie Towner (AUS)
Heat 10: Makuakai Rothman (HAW) vs. Ola Eleogram (HAW)
Heat 11: Luke Munro (AUS) vs. Kalani Chapman (HAW)
Heat 12: Ricky Basnett (ZAF) vs. Marcus Hickman (HAW)
Heat 13: Rodrigo Dornelles (BRA) vs. Tory Barron (HAW)
Heat 14: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) vs. Jamie O’Brien (HAW)
Heat 15: Daniel Ross (AUS) vs. Mark Healey (HAW)
Heat 16: Manoa Drollet (PYF) vs. Jesse Merle-Jones (HAW)

Round 2 Seeds;
1 Mikael Picon (Fra)
2 Dean Morrison (Aus)
3 Mick Cambpell (Aus)
4 Chris Ward (EUA)
5 Damien Hobgood (EUA)
6 Heitor Alves (Bra)
7 Pancho Sullivan (Haw)
8 Dayyan Neve (Aus)
9 Kieren Perrow (Aus)
10 Tiago Pires (Por)
11 Tim Reyes (EUA)
12 Jordy Smith (Afr)
13 Ben Bourgeois (EUA)
14 Roy Powers (Haw)
15 Dane Reynolds (EUA)
16 Ben Dunn (Aus)

Round 3 Seeds
1 Mick Fanning (Aus)
2 Luke Stedman (Aus)
3 Fred Patacchia (Haw)
4 Joel Parkinson (Aus)
5 Jeremy Flores (Fra)
6 Bobby Martinez (EUA)
7 Taylor Knox (EUA)
8 Kelly Slater (EUA)
9 Taj Burrow (Aus)
10 Tom Whitaker (Aus)
11 Adriano de Souza (Bra)
12 Adrian Buchan (Aus)
13 Bede Durbidge (Aus)
14 Kai Otton (Aus)
15 CJ Hobgood (EUA)
16 Andy Irons (Haw)

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Posted by Shaun on Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 in Surfing.

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