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Hellos And Goodbyes At Backdoor

Round 2 at Pipe Masters

It was a good day to use the Backdoor. Innuendos aside, a lot folks took advantage of that. We only saw Round 2 of the Billabong Pipeline Masters, but that round told us a lot. It told us that the World Title race didn’t budge. It also told us who’s falling off tour next year. Where did we leave off yesterday?

Oh that’s right. With Filipe Toledo, Bruce Irons and the heat that would not be. The heat actually happened today and Filipe won, keeping his Title hopes perfectly intact. Julian and Adriano both won today too, while Mick Fanning didn’t even have to surf, so the implications move directly to Round 3.

The real story today was the race for re-qualification. Keanu Asing crossed the finish line today by beating Kolohe Andino. That result would’ve booted Brother off Tour, but he already earned his 2016 spot via the WQS. Dusty Payne, Brett Simpson and Ricardo Christie had no such luck — they all lost today and will either have to tackle the WQS or start surf camps next year. WaveStorm, you reading this?

The waves are waining and the comp should be off until the next big swell fills in on Tuesday or Wednesday. If the reports hold true, it should be a hell of a finish.