Today the waiting period starts and the Pipeline Masters will most likely run. And it's gonna be big. Ten-to fifteen-feet big (Hawaiian, of course). Maybe not by dawn, but by the afternoon we will run to shore and collect pieces of a smashed boards, groan and gasp when surfers fall many stories into shallow water, kick the sand when our heroes break down and raise our fists when they shoot from the innards of the roundest, thickest of waves.
And boy, could this be the One. The kind of Pipe Masters that spectators, both beachside and screenside, wait all year for. The kind of Pipe Masters the contestants wait a lifetime for.
Sure, she's been sleepy this winter. She just needed her beauty rest. But she's been yawning and stirring and the boys (and girls) got a glimpse of her a couple days ago. But today? Today she'll have her f—k-me pumps on and be ready to give the brave men the rides of their lives.
They're all here. The ones we most care about, anyway. And among them is John John, who fresh off a Sunset stroll could quite possibly win this one and take the Triple Crown — lest Melling, Bourez or Burrow, nipping at his heels — are able to step up.
So go on and get comfy folks. Fluff the pillow for your desk chair (http://vanstriplecrownofsurfing.com/billabongpipemasters2011) or come on down and join us on the sand. Because today, today it is on.
And if not today then for sure tomorrow.
Upcoming Billabong Pipe Masters Round 1 Match Ups:
Heat 1: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Marcus Hickman (HAW)
Heat 2: CJ Hobgood (USA) vs. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW)
Heat 3: Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) vs. Evan Valiere (HAW)
Heat 4: Travis Logie (ZAF) vs. Bruce Irons (HAW)
Heat 5: Kai Otton (AUS) vs. Ian Walsh (HAW)
Heat 6: Chris Davidson (AUS) vs. Kai Barger (HAW)
Heat 7: Daniel Ross (AUS) vs. Aamion Goodwin (HAW)
Heat 8: Dane Reynolds (USA) vs. Jamie O'Brien (HAW)
Heat 9: Kolohe Andino (USA) vs. Laurie Towner (AUS)
Heat 10: Willian Cardoso (BRA) vs. Shane Dorian (HAW)
Heat 11: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) vs. Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 12: Mason Ho (HAW) vs. Hank Gaskell (HAW)
Upcoming Billabong Pipe Masters Round 2 Match Ups:
Heat 1: Adrian Buchan (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 2: Miguel Pupo (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 3: Bede Durbidge (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 4: John Florence (HAW) vs. TBD
Heat 5: Taylor Knox (USA) vs. TBD
Heat 6: Raoni Monteiro (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 7: Brett Simpson (USA) vs. TBD
Heat 8: Adam Melling (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 9: Kieren Perrow (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 10: Dusty Payne (HAW) vs. TBD
Heat 11: Tiago Pires (PRT) vs. TBD
Heat 12: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. TBD
Upcoming Billabong Pipe Masters Round 3 Match Ups:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 2: Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 5: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. TBD
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. TBD
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. TBD
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. TBD
Heat 9: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 10: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. TBD
Heat 11: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. TBD
Heat 12: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. TBD