The 2011 IBA Pipeline Pro completed its first day on Thursday, getting through the first three rounds of competition. The IBA World Tour site has a complete list of the day’s results, including heat scores and placements in round four.
Officials are gearing up to run again tomorrow, with a building Northwest swell and a fading North swell forecast to provide combo swell conditions. The Northwest Hawaii buoy, which is the primary indicator of an incoming Northwest swell, began to register 16-second forerunners early Thursday morning.
The swell-period has settled into a steady 14.8 second rhythm, although the true direction is likely being masked due to the presence of the North component. The swell direction readings over the previous four hours include: 343°, 1°, 334°, and 338°. Ideally, Pipeline likes a bit more West than what’s currently showing, although the forecast model was calling for a 311° swell direction.
Another concern is the current sand situation at Pipe. It’d be great if the swell could give the reef a good sweeping, but it doesn’t look like it has enough energy to really get the job done. The early heats may have to contend with some racy, clamping barrels, but conditions should improve as the day progresses.
The official call comes via @ibaworldtour on Friday morning at 7 a.m. HST.