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Pipe wildcard prize money explained

Updated: December 21, 2011, 5:35 PM ET
By Jon Coen | ESPN Action Sports

There's always hushed talk in some circles about Hawaiian leverage -- a mix of bravado, intimidation, and pure talent that can lean on the surfing world to give Hawaiians certain percieved advantages. For instance, while the standard number of surfers in an ASP World Tour event is 36 (the Top 32, plus four wildcards) the Billabong Pipeline Masters (the only World Tour event held in Hawaii) features 48 surfers, including numerous Hawaiian wildcards.

But if there was one thing that ...

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