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PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Friday, December 11, 2009) World Title contenders Mick Fanning (AUS) with his wife Karrisa on the beach at Pipeline - Round 2 of the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Event No. 10 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour,was completed today in clean four-to-six foot  waves at the Banzai Pipeline...The third and final event in the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series), the Billabong Pipeline Masters plays host to two dramatic story arcs: the showdown for the 2009 ASP World Title and the requalification race for the 2010 ASP Dream Tour. Amidst the world's best surfers exists a spattering of Pipeline specialists, making the competition field particularly challenging to navigate... This event is the last World Championship event of the year and will decide the 2009 World Tilte between Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Mick Fanning (AUS)...The northern hemisphere winter months on the North Shore signal a concentration of surfing activity with some of the best surfers in the world taking advantage of swells originating in the stormy Northern Pacific. Notable North Shore spots include Waimea Bay, Off The Wall, Backdoor, Log Cabins, Rockpiles and Sunset Beach... Ehukai Beach is more  commonly known as Pipeline and is the most notable surfing spot on the North Shore. It is considered a prime spot for competitions due to its close proximity to the beach, giving spectators, judges, and photographers a great view...The North Shore is considered to be one the surfing world's must see locations and every December hosts three competitions, which make up the Triple Crown of Surfing. The three men's competitions are the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach, and the Billabong Pipeline Masters. The three women's competitions are the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, the Gidget Pro at Sunset Beach, and the Billabong Pro on the neighboring island of Maui...Photo: Joliphotos.com
PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii (Friday, December 11, 2009) World Title contenders Mick Fanning (AUS) with his wife Karrisa on the beach at Pipeline - Round 2 of the Billabong Pipeline Masters, Event No. 10 of 10 on the 2009 ASP World Tour,was completed today in clean four-to-six foot waves at the Banzai Pipeline...The third and final event in the Vans Triple Crown (an ASP Specialty Series), the Billabong Pipeline Masters plays host to two dramatic story arcs: the showdown for the 2009 ASP World Title...
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