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Preview: Billabong Pipe Masters

A surfer dropping into a Pipe bomb

Hawaii has already served up some hefty drama this week, what with Tyler’s stunning comeback, Steph’s 5th Honolua win, Carissa’s 4th title, and Lakey’s fall at the final hurdle, it was a massive end to the women’s season. Not to be outdone, Sunset brought the men’s QS picture into focus with some quality conditions on … Read more

Opinion: The Pipe Pig

The Pipe Invitational has started and the surf is less than inspiring. The WSL must still be relieved; after four consecutive lay-days,they had milked the teat of world title scenarios dry. In case you somehow missed it: If Medina makes the final, Filipe/Julian can suck eggs; if he places 3rd, they need to win, and; … Read more

Preview: Pipe Masters

No other event compares to Pipe. World title races aside, the wave itself provides a spectacle that is unrivalled in our sport, and no single title is more coveted; it’s our super bowl, our play-offs, and our world cup all in one liquid monster. Enough preface, let’s dive in. Conditions Pipe has so much rich … Read more

Pipe / Season Wash-Up 2017

Preamble In case you haven’t read the past few articles, Surf-stats will soon merge to become a part of a larger fantasy surfing site, fantasy surf sessions. All of our stats and analysis will be there, as well as the best fantasy game available. We’re in the process of building the site right now, but … Read more

Contest Preview – Pipe 2017

Before I kick off, I want to give a shout-out to Matt Warshaw’s Encyclopedia of Surfing. It’s at risk of being lost due to a lack of income, and it would be a dark day for surfing if that came to be. If you don’t know what the EoS is, then let me give you … Read more

Contest Metrics – Pipe 2017

Why, hello there fellow stats fans, It’s been a while, no? We kinda dropped off the face of the Earth there for a while, disappearing like Filipe’s Sunset campaign. We’ve been busy though, just not on this site (unfortunately). The big news for fantasy surfing and stats fans is that Surf-Stats is branching out. We … Read more

Injuries and Wildcards – Pipe 2017

Kelly Slater – IN We’ve said it since J-Bay; Pipe is where we’ll likely see him return. Some called for an 11th-hour entry at Portugal, but they were wrong. Pipe is the biggest stage in surfing, and Kelly loves a spectacle. Will the come-back event prove a successful one? That’s between him and the fates, … Read more

Notes From the Line-Up: Conner Coffin

We have a great final ‘notes from the line-up’ interview this year, with Meo Pro finalist, Santa Barbara native, rail surfing connoisseur, 2016 ROTY hopeful and Jordy Smith’s new best friend, Conner Coffin. Conner has taken time out of his Hawaiian winter to talk tour life and fantasy surfing over the past few weeks. Some … Read more

Contest Analysis – Billabong Pipe Masters 2016

Maybe it’s a recalibration now that Pipe means nothing for the 2016 title chase. Maybe I’ve been sadistically revelling in the cruel twists and turns of the qualification dance, with failure threatening tour surfers like the shears of Atropos. Maybe it’s just been the appeal of quality of surfing in good waves. Whatever the cause, … Read more

Billabong Pipe Masters Projections

This data uses the 2014/2015/2016 results and gives a slight weighting to 2016 form within the projections. Many of the less experienced surfers (less reliable data) have skewed projections due to their averages being heavily influenced by this season’s results and having no previous experience at this event. Italo, Wiggolly and Asing have only one … Read more