WSL announces removal of 2019 Pipe Masters

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    Jeremy Flores celebrates after winning the 2017 Billabong Pipe Masters in December, as John John Florence (right) also relishes in his world title victory. The WSL announced Thursday it will not hold the 2019 Pipe Masters event after some discrepancies between itself and the County of Honolulu regarding permitting.

The World Surf League officially stated last week that it would not be holding a Billabong Pipe Masters contest in 2019. This comes after many weeks of back-and-forth commentary and some discussion between the surf body and the County of Honolulu regarding permitting for next season’s Hawaii events. In the end, it seems like a very disappointing conclusion, but one that may not ultimately be as much of a change as it appears in this moment.