- WSL / Sean Rowland
- WSL / Sean Rowland

Seth Moniz is Hawaiian surf royalty. His dad Tony was a pioneer pro in the 80s, his sister Kelia a two-time World Longboard Champion and brother Josh another solid threat on the QS.

But what the 21-year-old achieved in the span of two years is nonetheless exceptional. He jumped from 142nd on the rankings at the end of 2016 to No. 2 this year with major results in Japan, Ballito, the US Open and at home at Haleiwa.

Seth Moniz of Hawaii advances to the Quarter Finals of the Pipe Invitational after winning Heat 7 of Round One at Pipe, Oahu, Hawaii, USA. On his way to the Final at the 2017 Pipe Masters Invitational. - WSL / Damien Poullenot

At home at Oahu he has spearheaded a pack of Hawaiian teenagers including Finn McGill, Barron Mamiya and Makana Pang that have established a spot in the Pipeline lineup, surfing's hardest to infiltrate pecking order.

Away from his Pipe freesurfing cred, he's also just newley qualified for the 2019 Championship Tour after surfing in the Qualifying Series since 2013.

A third place finish in the 2017 Pipe Masters Invitational saw him just miss out on the wildcard spot for the main event.

Moniz will now have a preview of what's to come on next year's Tour as he joins his fellow CT surfers in the water at the 2018 Billabong Pipe Masters as an event replacement for the injured John Florence.

Seth Moniz: "It Was the Craziest Wave I've Ever Had in a Heat"
The Hawaiian earns the highest score of the 2018 US Open with a 9.87 in Huntington.

Watch the Billabong Pipe Masters and final event of the 2018 season live on Worldsurfleague.com, App and Facebook December 08 - 20.

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