Travis Logie qualifies for 2012 ASP World Tour
Travis Logie advanced through two rounds of competition in huge waves at the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons in Hawaii yesterday.
The South African moved up two places in the 2012 ASP World Title Series and clinched a place in the top 32 contesting the 2012 ASP World Title Series.
In three to five metre surf, described as the biggest in the 30 year history of the event, the world’s best surfers caught rides that ranged from sublime, perfect 10 point scores to life-threatening wipeouts as the local Hawaiian contingent cut a swathe through the World Tour contenders.
Logie secured two low-scoring victories, defeating Hawaiian wildcard Bruce Irons (HAW) by 3.57 to 2.70 (both out of 20) in Round 1 before narrowly outpointing Tiago Pires (PRT) by 5.80 to 5.67. Logie faces teenage Brazilian Prodigy Gabriel Medina in Round 3 but is already guaranteed a haul of 1 750 points which sees the 32 year-old Durbanite rise from No. 33 to No. 31 in the rankings.
Current Vans Triple Crown of Surfing ratings leader and North Shore local John John Florence, 19, who lives right in front of the famous Banzai Pipeline break, navigated the lineup with ease to eliminate Maui native Kai Barger (HAW), 22, in a commanding Round 2 performance while securing the first perfect 10-point ride of the event.
At the other end of the scale, Australian big wave standout Laurie Towner took the worst wipeout of the day, slipping from his board and skimming inside of the barrel before being annihilated by the cracking lip. He was removed from the lineup by jetski with a dislocated shoulder, shredded knee and punctured foot.
Evan Valiere (HAW) recorded the top heat score of the day – 18.16 out of 20 – in his Round 1 defeat of compatriot Frederick Patacchia while the fickle nature of the waves was demonstrated in Heat 5 of Round 2 where Hawaiian local Aamion Goodwin dispatched ASP World Tour veteran and renowned big wave rider Taylor Knox with a heat tally of 2.20 points to 2.13.
The swell is expected remain double to triple overhead for the start of Day 2, gradually dropping in size during the afternoon. A decision will be made at 8am in Hawaii (8pm in South Africa) on when to resume the event with the top 12 seeds entering the fray for the first time in Round 3.
The Logie vs. Medina match-up will be Heat 7 and Jordy Smith (Cape Town), ranked ASP World No. 6 coming into the season-ending event, will take on Hawaiian Shane Dorian in Heat 10.
Kelly Slater (USA), the recently crowned 11-time ASP World Champion, takes on Pipe expert Marcus Hickman (HAW) while other great match-ups include Adriano De Souza (BRA) v Jamie O’Brien (HAW); Damien Hobgood (USA) v John John Florence (HAW); Taj Burrow (AUS) v Ian Walsh (HAW) and Owen Wright (AUS) against yesterday’s high scorer Evan Valiere (HAW).
Billabong Pipe Masters Round 2 Results:
Heat 1: Marcus Hickman (HAW) 16.50 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 9.30
Heat 2: Evan Valiere (HAW) 16.50 def. Miguel Pupo (BRA) 3.70
Heat 3: Ian Walsh (HAW) 16.06 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 10.17
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW) 18.07 def. Kai Barger (HAW) 14.67
Heat 5: Aamion Goodwin (HAW) 2.20 def. Taylor Knox (USA) 2.13
Heat 6: Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 5.33 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 2.83
Heat 7: Shane Dorian (HAW) 10.50 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 1.90
Heat 8: Adam Melling (AUS) 9.64 def. Mason Ho (HAW) 8.84
Heat 9: Kieren Perrow (AUS) 14.50 def. Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 5.90
Heat 10: Dusty Payne (HAW) 9.20 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 6.57
Heat 11: Travis Logie (ZAF) 5.80 def. Tiago Pires (PRT) 5.67
Heat 12: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 9.70 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 9.27
Billabong Pipe Masters Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Marcus Hickman (HAW) 13.67 def. Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 9.46
Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 6.50 def. Kekoa Bacalso (HAW) 0.60
Heat 3: Evan Valiere (HAW) 18.16 def. Fredrick Patacchia (HAW) 6.00
Heat 4: Travis Logie (ZAF) 3.57 def. Bruce Irons (HAW) 2.70
Heat 5: Ian Walsh (HAW) 13.00 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 11.63
Heat 6: Kai Barger (HAW) 9.93 def. Chris Davidson (AUS) 6.33
Heat 7: Aamion Goodwin (HAW) 10.34 def. Daniel Ross (AUS) 2.84
Heat 8: Jamie O’Brien (HAW) 14.77 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 3.24
Heat 9: Kolohe Andino (USA) 5.27 def. Laurie Towner (AUS) 1.17
Heat 10: Shane Dorian (HAW) 6.40 def. Willian Cardoso (BRA) 1.94
Heat 11: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) 4.76 def. Jack Freestone (AUS) 2.63
Heat 12: Mason Ho (HAW) 9.00 def. Hank Gaskell (AUS) 3.93
Upcoming Billabong Pipe Masters Round 3 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Joel Parkinson (AUS) vs. Aamion Goodwin (HAW)
Heat 2: Kalani Chapman (HAW) vs. Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 3: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Jamie O’Brien (HAW)
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 5: Damien Hobgood (USA) vs. John John Florence (HAW)
Heat 6: Kelly Slater (USA) vs. Marcus Hickman (HAW)
Heat 7: Gabriel Medina (USA) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF) vs. Adam Melling (AUS)
Heat 9: Owen Wright (AUS) vs. Evan Valiere (HAW)
Heat 10: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs. Shane Dorian (HAW)
Heat 11: Josh Kerr (AUS) vs. Kieren Perrow (AUS)
Heat 12: Taj Burrow (AUS) vs. Ian Walsh (HAW)