The Billabong Pipe Masters was called ON today in clean NW swell with 4-6 foot waves rolling through both Pipeline and Backdoor, which proved to offer up plenty of scoring potential throughout Round 2.
The first heat featured tour leader Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Kauai legend Bruce Irons, with 20-year-old Toledo taking down Irons, 36 with a total heat score of 14.23.
Australia's Adam Melling posted the best single wave score of the day, an 8.83 to advance ahead of Matt Wilkinson (AUS). Melling scored a beautiful backdoor barrel spanning a couple sections, and backed that up with a 6.67.
Eleven-time World Champion Kelly Slater went head to head with Maui boy Dusty Payne, and came out on top with the second highest combined heat total of the day, a 15.57. Payne missed out by less than a point, posting an impressive 8.50 score and a follow up 6.43.
Kauai's Sebastian Zietz advanced ahead of competitor Jadson Andrew (BRA) with a couple mid-range scores. Zietz sits in 24th place on the Championship Tour (CT), and this event will decide whether he will qualify for next year's World Surf League (WSL) Tour.
Keanu Asing of Honolulu placed first in his heat against Kolohe Andino (USA) and will move into Round 3 to take on Australia's Bede Burbidge in Heat 2, once competition resumes.
Round 2 finished up today with the ladies hitting the water for the Women's Pipe Invitational event, which featured newly crowned WSL World Champion Carissa Moore, Kauai's Tatiana Weston-Webb and Keala Kennelly, and California's Courtney Conlogue.
Moore took the win with a 9.17 and 9.43, the two highest scores of the heat, to combo the field. Fresh off a massive victory in Honolua Bay for the Target Maui Pro, the Honolulu native looked cool and calm in the barreling waves. Conlogue took second with a 10.50, while Kennelly and Weston-Webb took third and fourth with a 9.23 and 4.84 respectively.
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