Local surfer John Florence has just about sealed his first World Championship after an outstanding year, and will look to finish the season off with a win at home. Generally, the Pipeline Masters has been kind to Aussies in recent years, and 2016 should be no different via the likes of Matt Wilkinson and Julian Wilson, and you won’t miss a minute of the action when watching live on a standard or HD TV, or streaming the event to a mobile device with a Free trial.
2016 Pipeline Masters Preview
The Billabong Pipe Masters is contested at Banzai Pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii. It was first held in 1970 and has traditionally been the last tournament on the calendar for the male surfers. $425,000 (USD) in prize money is on offer, but it really is all about John Florence. He has, for the most part, dominated the season and will more than likely win his first world title after winning two events this year and placing on another three occasions. His last win came in the Billabong Pro at Portugal.
Kelly Slater probably won’t achieve his great heights again from yesteryear, but his 2016 has been okay in patches. He had a really good purple patch in the middle part of the tour, which saw him win at Tahiti along with a couple of top 5 finishes, but his efforts at Portugal and France were disappointing for his lofty standards. But keep in mind, he is a six time winner at Pipeline, the latest in 2013. He is one of the all time greats, if not the greatest, so he has to be respected in the final event of the year.
Australia’s best chance of winning the event could come courtesy of Julian Wilson, the other Surfer in the Mick Fanning Shark attack last year, but is a high class surfer in his own right. He has had a mixed 2016, starting off really slow but has found some form in the latter part of the season, with four top five finishes out of the last five events.
When: Friday 9 Dec – Wed 21 Dec (AEDT)
Where: Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii
Pipe Masters Live TV Times
Day 7 Thursday 15 Dec: 5:00 am to 2:00 pm (Fox Sports 1)
Day 8 Friday 16 Dec: 5:00 am to 2:00 pm (Fox Sports 1)
Day 9 Saturday 17 Dec: 5:00 am to 2:00 pm (Fox Sports 1)
Day 10 Sunday 18 Dec: 5:00 am to 2:00 pm (Fox Sports 1)
Day 11 Monday 19 Dec: 5:00 am to 2:00 pm (Fox Sports 1)
Day 12 Tuesday 20 Dec: 5:00 am to 2:00 pm (Fox Sports 1)
Final Day: Wed 21 Dec: 5:00 am to 2:00 pm (Fox Sports 1)
Pipe Masters Daily Replays:
Day 7 Thu 15 Dec 11:00 pm to 12:00 am (Fox Sports 1)
Day 8 Fri 16 Dec 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm (Fox Sports 2)
Day 9 Sat 17 Dec 9:30 pm to 10:30 pm (Fox Sports 3)
Day 10 Sun 18 Dec 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Fox Sports 3)
Day 12 Tues 20 Dec 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm (Fox Sports 1)
Final Wed 21 Dec 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm (Fox Sports 1)
** Replay and Live TV schedule shown as Sydney time (AEDT), adjust for regional differences. Fixtures/times to be updated on 12 December. Pipe Masters on Free to Air not available in Australia.
Pipe Masters Live Streaming and a Free Trial
You won’t find the 2016 Pipeline Masters on Free to Air TV, but Fox Sports 3 will provide the most complete coverage of the season’s final surfing tournament, broadcasting live from 4:30 am to 2:30 pm daily, as well as providing shortened Pipe Master Replays for those who find them more convenient.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider Foxtel Play’s Free live TV trial, which will telecast this must see tournament and other popular sports online*, as well as offering live Pipe Masters streaming to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel Go app within just minutes of getting started.