Moana Jones Wong, Hawaii surfer, won the Billabong Pro Pipeline against Carissa Moore (5 Time World Champion) in an all-Hawaii Final.
Wong’s win at the legionary North Shore break was the highlight of the first ever women’s World Surf League Championship Tour (WSL) Championship Tour at the Banzai Pipeline.
The local surfer, 22 years old, has dedicated her time to the Pipeline and has already demonstrated her ability at some of the most difficult waves in the world. She has also put the WSL Championship Tour on alert today with her performance in the competition.
She has been a five-time Qualifying Series finalist at Pipeline. Last December, she won HIC Pipe Pro and improved her game against some of the best athletes in the world to win her first CT victory. She is the first wildcard to achieve this feat since Tyler Wright (AUS), two-time World Champion, at Sunset Beach in 2010.
Wong continued right where she left off in the Final with back-to-back Banzai Pipeline rides to give her an early lead of 12 point. As Wong made every wave she paddled in the opening half, the crowd went wild.
Wong had one last chance, She started super deep and counter-peak on a left. Wong had a clean exit for 7.67 out of 10. Moore accepted defeat and celebrated with Wong on her home turf.
Wong is now the World No. 1. She will receive a wildcard slot in the next stop on the Championship Tour. The Hurley Pro opens next week at Sunset Beach.
Final results for Billabong Pro Pipeline Women:
1 – Moana Jones Wong (HAW) 14.34
2 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 3.73
Semifinal Results of the Billabong Pro Pipeline Women’s Semifinals:
HEAT 1: Moana Jones Wong (HAW) 14.00 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 9.76
The 2022 Championship Tour Continues In Hawaii
The Hurley Pro Sunset Beach presented By SHISEIDO is the second stop on the 2022 Championship Tour. Its holding period runs from February 11 through February 23, 2022.