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While uncertainty remains with specific details for the end of the week, confidence is increasing that we’ll see sizable swell and onshore wind Fri-Sat (and onshore wind is possible Thur-Sun). As we have mentioned the past few days, this will be from two sources: a more distant storm near Japan and a nearby low that will flare up very close to the islands later this week.  

A broad spread of swell period and direction (300-350 at 9-16 seconds) is looking more and more likely to build primarily on Friday, before trending down on Saturday. We’re going to bump surf size up from the past couple days and look for solidly double overhead surf on Friday and likely into Saturday, with sets to triple overhead possible. At this point, poor quality surf is expected with the broad swell mix and onshore flow.

The Billabong Pipe Masters will be webcast LIVE on as well as the WSL app.

The event is also being carried by the WSL’s LIVE broadcast partners CBS Sports in the United States, EDGEsport, Abema/Dentsu, ESPN Brasil, Globosat, Fox Sports, SFR Sports, Sky NZ, Sport TV, Oceanic Time Warner Cable 250 & 1250 in Hawaii, TNTV and Supersport.

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Billabong Pipe Masters Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: 
Julian Wilson (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Ryan Callinan (AUS)
Heat 2: Kolohe Andino (USA), Miguel Pupo (BRA), Bede Durbidge (AUS)
Heat 3: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Nat Young (USA), Frederico Morais (PRT)
Heat 4: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Keanu Asing (HAW), Finn McGill (HAW)
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (USA), Bruce Irons (HAW)
Heat 6: John John Florence (HAW), Jadson Andre (BRA), Gavin Beschen (HAW)
Heat 7: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Conner Coffin (USA), Alex Ribeiro (BRA)
Heat 8: Joel Parkinson (AUS), Stuart Kennedy (AUS),  Jeremy Flores (FRA)
Heat 9: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Josh Kerr (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 10: Kelly Slater (USA), Caio Ibelli (BRA), Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 11: Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Italo Ferreira (BRA), Jack Freestone (AUS)
Heat 12: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Michel Bourez (PYF), Davey Cathels (AUS)

Women’s Pipe Invitational Final Match-Up:
Tyler Wright (AUS), Carissa Moore (HAW), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography.