Pipe Masters canned for 2019

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

The passive aggressive grudge match between the WSL, led by CEO Sophie Goldschmidt, and the City of Honolulu continues.

You’ll recall how this Soph opera goes: the WSL wants to reconfigure the 2019 World Tour and needed to get their permits into Honolulu’s Dept of Parks & Recreation, however they missed the November cut off. When it appeared they wouldn’t get their way the WSL took the unprecedented step of issuing a public admonition of Mayor Kirk Caldwell. The mayor didn’t blink, but he kept the dialogue open expressing hope it could be sorted out.

And so we arrive at this point...

Yesterday, the Dept of Parks & Recreation announced preliminary permit approval for all the WSL’s standing 2018/2019 winter events calendar. So far so good.

However the proposed 2019 reschedule had Pipe kicking off the season in February - just two months after it closed the 2018 season - and the Mayor put the kibosh on that. The Pipe Masters can’t open the 2019 season as planned.

In reply to this Sophie Goldschmidt said, “We are disappointed we will not be able to run the 2019 Billabong Pipe Masters.”

For their part, Mayor Caldwell acknowledged the permit process needed an overhaul, to which Goldschmidt added, “We are pleased that the Mayor recognises that fundamental changes are required to the permit process. that will benefit Hawaiian surfing, the surfers, the community and other stakeholders.”

“We will assist however we can during this process and once we understand the changes, we will be able to determine which events we can invest in bringing to Hawaii in winter 2019 and beyond.”

So, according to Sophie, the WSL ain’t pulling out of Hawaii altogether - as was threatened a week back - but the 2019 Pipe Masters does appear to be off. No doubt there'll be more news to come.

WSL PRELIMINARILY PERMITTED EVENTS FOR HAWAII 2018/2019

  • HIC PRO - Sunset Beach - Oct. 27 - Nov. 9, 2018
  • HAWAIIAN PRO - Haleiwa - Nov. 12-24, 2018
  • VANS WORLD CUP OF SURFING - Sunset - Nov. 25 - Dec. 6, 2018
  • BILLABONG PIPE MASTERS - Ehukai - Dec. 8-20, 2018
  • SUNSET OPEN - Sunset Beach - Jan. 18-28, 2019
  • VOLCOM PIPE PRO - Ehukai - Jan 29 - Feb. 10, 2019

Comments

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trolleyboy commented Friday, 16 Feb 2018 at 2:08pm

Rebadge it as the Aussie Pipe Masters. Simple. Right season too. I thought those Yanks were problem solvers?

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filthyphil commented Friday, 16 Feb 2018 at 2:34pm

I believe that’s JJF straightening out on a spectacular pipeline wave

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Nick Bone commented Friday, 16 Feb 2018 at 3:58pm

you would of made it?

I am the bone

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filthyphil commented Friday, 16 Feb 2018 at 5:03pm

Huh?
I wouldn’t even surf it..
Relax brother, jeesus

Nick Bone's picture
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Nick Bone commented Friday, 16 Feb 2018 at 8:53pm

The internet. Where context can be lost

I am the bone

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Lanky Dean commented Friday, 16 Feb 2018 at 4:38pm

I believe jjf has also broken his back out there (on the end section.)
Eric and Kalani almost drowned...... Parko got rattled and knocked out under water.
Dusty fractured his skull and jaw....Malik is gone RIP
Still one of the heaviest waves on Earth......(it seems alot gnarlier when you're out there!)

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evosurfer commented Friday, 16 Feb 2018 at 4:48pm

Good the season should finish on a high note December pipe is fitting.
Who is this new CEO anyway trying to change everything if it aint broken
don't fix it. Just get rid of Brazil and move the supertubos event to a more
suitable venue in Portugal.

IF im not surfing im racing

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Lanky Dean commented Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 at 12:33am

Agreed!

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Bob Sacamano commented Friday, 16 Feb 2018 at 5:58pm

Golf or tennis don't have major events in Hawaii so the brains trust at WSL must have a better option up their sleeve?

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simba commented Friday, 16 Feb 2018 at 6:55pm

Boy thats an awesome photo......

simba

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millsy351 commented Tuesday, 20 Feb 2018 at 8:15pm

Yep, needs a good ole fashioned photo credit. Not even SwellNet is free but for some reason this image obviously is...

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Roystein commented Friday, 16 Feb 2018 at 8:33pm

WSL...like the tennis tour without Wimbledon

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jsc commented Friday, 16 Feb 2018 at 8:39pm

Surfing events on the North Shore of Oahu like the Pipeline Masters, etc are under the control of the Department of Parks and Recreation to obtain a permit and are quaintly referred to as "surf meets" - much as the first international events at Makaha were in the 1950's.

That kind of tells you what the City and County of Honolulu thinks about surfing events - it's not a professional sport, it's a recreational endeavour and recreational surfers have priority over professional events.

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billie commented Friday, 16 Feb 2018 at 8:48pm

I'd be all over Pipe like a bad case of herpes.

Billie

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billie commented Friday, 16 Feb 2018 at 8:50pm

Woops, what I meant to say was, - it'd be all over for me if I surfed Pipe, ouch, I have a bad case of herpes.

Billie

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Gary G commented Saturday, 17 Feb 2018 at 8:41pm

Gary’s hears ya, billie

I’ve created a monster. Cause nobody wants to ride faceys no more, they want Gary; I’m chopped liver.

But if ya want Gary this is what I’ll give ya: a little creatine kiss from a hard licker

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nickg commented Sunday, 18 Feb 2018 at 12:57am

local and nearby businesses wouldn't be happy but the local enforcers could give their knuckles a rest if they binned a few of the comps and eased the influx of foreign surfers. votes or donations, mr mayor?