What: Billabong Pipeline Masters, ASP World Tour Event # 11 Where: Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii When: 8 - 20 December 2008

Strong new swells are arriving early next week, and host of activities slated.

Strong new swells are set to arrive early this week, with organisers predicting The Billabong Pipeline Masters will likely begin shortly after the Dec 8th official waiting period starts, as a new set of powerful north-west swells arrive.

“It looks like the swell could start building Monday afternoon,” says Wetsand forecaster Austin Gendron. “There is a possibility that the system could increase in energy over the weekend and build to moderately high levels.”

The crown jewel in the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, the Billabong Pipeline Masters will be celebrating its 38th anniversary in 2008, with a host of parties, surf shop events, and book signings with personal appearances from Pipeline legend Gerry Lopez to emerging rock star Donavon Frankenreiter along with Billabong ASP pros.

The $815,000 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing consists of the Reef Hawaiian Pro (men and women), the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing (men), The Roxy Pro (women), the Billabong Pipeline Masters (men), and the Billabong Pro Maui (women). In addition to the huge prize money, which includes a $10,000 bonus for both the men’s and women’s Vans Triple Crown champions, the men’s champion will also receive a custom, one-of-a-kind Nixon tide watch featuring over two-carats of diamonds and valued at over $10,000.