After so much waiting over the last year, the 2021 Championship Tour season is back and we've hardly had a chance to catch our breath. With a great run of swell hitting both the North Shore of Oahu and Maui this past week, both the men and women hit the beach running. Taking a quick second to soak in what we've all just enjoyed, here are the top moments from the season thus far:
1. Tyler Wright Starts 2021 With The First 10-Point Ride Of The Season
Tyler Wright's return to the jersey showed the world what she is capable of this year. In her Quarterfinal heat against Stephanie Gilmore, the two-time World Champ ducked under cover, claimed it beautifully, then unleashed a battery of bashes on her way to a glorious ten-point reward.
2. Local Boy Joshua Moniz Roars Into The Pipe Masters
Local boy favorite from Kuliouou, Oahu, Joshua Moniz continued his momentum from the Pipe Invitational into the start of the Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask. After beating two Brazilian World Champs in his seeding round, Moniz may just be the spoiler we've been waiting for.
3. Fioravanti Returns To The Tour After Surf Off Against Wright
The results from the Mikey Wright and Leonardo Fioravanti's surf-off are in. Fioravanti won two of the three heats out at Pipeline, gaining a full-time injury replacement wildcard for the 2021 season.
4. Carissa Moore Holds Down No. 1 Spot Going Into Finals Day
Looking back on the fist day of the Maui Pro presented by ROXY, reigning World Champ Carissa Moore may have held down the Number 1 spot but she still had room to peak. Moore might just be keeping us waiting for a fashionably late performance on Finals day.
5. A Healthy And Fired Up Florence Brings His A-Game
If North Shore local and two-time World Champion John John Florence can put together a Pipe Masters win, all will feel right in the world. Florence recovered from an injury that left him out of most of the 2019 season and it looks like he is stronger than ever going into Day 2 of competition.
6. Italo Ferreira Makes Sure We Know Why He's In The Yellow Jersey
We all know that Italo Ferreira has kept himself busy in 2020, dominating the Countdown Series events in Europe and Brazil and owning Instagram. The extra time in the yellow jersey looks to have paid off for the defending World Champ as he made a smooth return to life on Tour.