Hawaii's Winter to Remember

In today's age of hyperbolic claims it's becoming increasingly hard to find anything that lives up to its promised hype. Fortunately, this year's El Niño isn't one of them.

Adriano de Souza (BRA) capped off an incredible Round 4 of action with a win and kept  his World Title hopes alive - earning a direct pass to the Quarterfinals. Adriano de Souza's World Title run came down to the wire. - WSL / Laurent Masurel

As early as last spring surfers were being promised a healthy dose of goods this winter. Those old enough to remember the 1997/98 version were licking their chops. The rest weren't really sure what to think...but not anymore. And certainly not in Hawaii, which has been enjoying one if its best seasons more than a decade since El Niño began its December deliveries. Is it over? Probably, not, but a quick review of this season's highlights to date are enough for us to say (especially heading into Valentines Day) that we love you El Niño. Please don't leave us!

December 2: Carissa Moore Clinches her 3rd World Championship Title at perfect Honolua Bay, and celebrates by winning the event.

Carissa Clinches
Carissa Moore won her third World Title and went on to win the Target Maui Pro for the second consecutive year.
Alessa Quizon (HAW) does a bottom turn. Alessa Quizon enjoyed the Maui juice during the final event of the season. - WSL / Poullenot/Aquashot

December 6: The Pe'ahi Challenge becomes an instant classic as the world's best big-wave surfers embark on the most incredible paddle-in event...ever.

Bigger Than Big
Catch the biggest moments from the first-ever paddle-in contest at Maui's big wave break, Pe'ahi.
40'-50' faces arrived Sunday, December 6, 2015 for the Big Wave Tour Pe'ahi Challenge at the infamous Pe'ahi break. Not that long ago it was thought impossible. This season barriers have been smashed on a weekly basis. Pe'ahi. - WSL / Kirstin Scholtz

December 9: Epic Pipe Invitational Australia's Jack Robinson steals the show during an epic trials showdown at serious Pipe to earn a spot in the Billabong Pipeline masters.

Robinson Flares
Incredible tuberiding had fans on the feet Wednesday as hopefuls worked to get a spot on the big stage.
Jack Robinson is rapidly making a name for himself at Pipe. Jack Robinson has been enjoying his share of Pipe bombs. - WSL / tony heff

December 17: The Pipeline Superheat Slater, Fanning, John John clash during the Pipeline Masters.

The Superheat
Watch the epic battle between heavyweight chargers Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and John John Florence in Round 4 of the Billabong Pipe Masters.

December 17: The World Title Showdown goes down to the wire, and Adriano De Souza proves that tireless effort actually does pay off.

Adriano Takes Title
Adriano de Souza takes down the field for the final event of the season and wins his first World Title.

January 15: Jaws Day of Days Aaron Gold, Shane Dorian, Ian Walsh and a hardcore crew of chargers take on the what many are calling the best day ever at the renowned Maui break.

The Mother of Big-Wave Days
Day of Days - Jaws

February 2: King Kelly Lives and breathes at the Volcom Pipe Pro, winning the event in perfect surf, which kicked off an epic week of Pipe conditions that followed.

Kelly Slater returns to the Podium
Kelly Slater earns his first victory since 2014 in epic conditions at Pipeline.
Marco Giorgi (URY), Pipeline, 2016 Marco Giorgi of Uruguay stunned many with his incredible performance at the Volcom Pipe Pro. It took Kelly Slater to beat him. Photo: Tony Heff - WSL / ML Albee Layer at Jaws on February 10, 2016. Photo by Dooma Photos. Eddie said No, but Albee Layer said Go on this Jaws monster. Unfortunately, it put him in the hospital. - WSL / Dooma Photos