Jones Wong and Slater win the pipeline


North Shore’s local Moana Jones Wong and 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater took out the Billabong Pro pipeline on weekends during a famous break on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, with double overhead plus conditions. ..

A wildcard entry to the event, Jones Wong has overcome five-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore. Meanwhile, American Kelly Slater defeated Hawaiian Seth Moniz, less than half his age.

Goofy footer Jones Wong, who first surfed the pipe at the age of 12, looked confident in the semifinals against Australia’s Tyler Wright on Sunday, pulling 7.67 on the third wave and scoring a backup score of 6.33. Did.

Wright broke the backdoor (right) gem to score 8.33, but did not complete enough rides to get a solid backup score, so Jones Wong to secure a spot in the final 14 I took a heat against 9.76.

Carissa Moore competed in the semi-finals against Lakey Peterson of the United States in a low-scoring heat, winning the title of World Champion against all Hawaiian decision makers and local wildcards.

Jones Wong landed 6.67 and 5.33 in the first 10 minutes of the final and made a solid barrel ride in the pipeline. Her fourth wave would have been in excellent range as she took off well behind the peak and spent a lot of travel time in the barrel, but she was clipped just before the exit.

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Moana Jones Wong of Hawaii will compete in the 2022 Women’s Billabong Pipeline Pro Final on February 6, 2022 at the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. (Photo courtesy of BRIAN BIELMANN / AFP, via Getty Images)

However, she scored 7.67 on the last wave and increased her score to 14.34 with a critical drop followed by a barrel.

Moore chose the backdoor wave, but couldn’t get a high-scoring ride because he couldn’t get out of any barrel. This meant a compelling victory for Jones Wong.

Jones Wong has made history as he was the first winner of the Women’s Championship Tour event in the pipeline. For the past few years, women have been surfing in Honolua Bay on Maui while men are in the pipeline.

“I can’t believe it, I’m losing it now,” said Jones Wong. WSL From the water right after the final.

“This is the best moment of my life. I never expected to achieve this.”

“Carissa is my favorite surfer. She’s my hero. I can’t believe it. It’s insane. I wanted to play the final at Pipe with Carissa,” she continued.

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Kelly Slater celebrates the final day victory of the Billabong Pipeline Pro on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii on February 5, 2022 (photo by BRIAN BIELMANN / AFP via Getty Images).

Meanwhile, in the men’s category, he was shy about his 50th birthday for a week and played against the talented and fearless Cessmonis on Saturday to win the 8th Pipeline Champions Tour (CT) event. years ago.

Slater was the lead to the final, with a convincing victory over Olympic bronze medalist Kanoa Igarashi in the semi-finals and a slight victory over Brazil’s Miguel Pupo in the semi-finals.

Moniz cut a job for him in the quarterfinals and played against the event’s favorite John John Florence. John John Florence brought it to Moniz, which scored 17.93 and consisted of 9.6 and 8.33. Day.

Moniz defeated Brazil’s Caio Iberi in the semi-finals and booked a meeting with Slater in the finals.

Both Moniz and Iberi took some heavy wipeouts in the semi, which meant that Moniz went to the final with less petrol than he wanted, but his courage did not diminish. ..

Moniz wiped out again when Finn was off the wavefront in the first wave of the final, but Kelly’s first wave was a backdoor barrel, which was tightened before he left.

Neither surfer took the exit in the next few barrels, but then backdoor jewels followed the path of Slater. Take off deep, release one quad fin pump, clear chandeliers one after another, complete one of the best barrels of the day and score nine.

Slater continued to charge Backdoor with a backup score of 8.17, putting Moniz in a tough position.

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Kelly Slater will compete on the final day of the Billabong Pipeline Pro on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, on February 5, 2022. (Photo by BRIAN BIELMANN / AFP via Getty Images)

Then, with about two minutes remaining, Slater made a very slow drop into the backdoor pit where his lips might have taken him out if he didn’t shave that morning.

When riding the same set of waves, Moniz put a slot in a huge and equally important backdoor barrel, created it, and made the judges think about how much they value both surfers’ waves. ..

Slater scored 9.77 and Moniz scored 9.43, for a total of 18.77 and 12.53.

Moniz didn’t have enough time to return to the lineup for the next shot, and Slater won yet another pipeline CT event.

Between presentation Slater thanked all the surfers who attended the event and, with special thanks to Moniz, pushed to do their best to each other.

“There was a little time before the heat,” Slater said.

“He said,’Push me, let’s do this,’ and I said,’Let’s go.'”

Slater said he didn’t underestimate Moniz because he knew what he could do, but fortunately it was all together that day.

“It seemed intended to be, and when that happened you just had to roll on it,” he said.

“I can’t explain that, but I feel everything is right.”

The victory puts Slater and Jones Wong in number one position on the Championship Tour, with Round 2 scheduled to begin on February 11 at Sunset Beach on Oahu.

Steve Milne

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