After a year of waiting, the Championship Tour just made its triumphant return. With a historic Maui Pro presented by ROXY at Pipeline victory from Tyler Wright and John John Florence's first Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask win, there was no shortage of inspiring, jaw-dropping moments from the Seven Mile Miracle. Here are a handful of our favorites:
The Women Charged Heavy Pipeline
After being thrust into a new venue for competition, the Championship Tour women put on the jersey for the first time at Banzai Pipeline. In homage to the women that came before them, they charged waves of consequence and showed that they are more than capable of competing on one of surfing's most iconic stages.
The Timelessness Of Kelly Slater
Slater said it himself, to be 48 and to make it to the Semifinals, surfing against the top three men in the world right now, is a statement in and of itself. And he continues to show the world that he defies age with his agile barrel riding skills and exemplary competitive strategy.
Ferreira Pushes Through
Italo Ferreira pushed through a head and hip injury sustained during his Quarterfinal, eventually competing against Gabriel Medina in the Semifinals, a rematch of last year's Pipe Final. Medina got him back and took the win, but Ferreira's true grit and determination are reasons why he was in the yellow jersey going into the start of the event.
Wright And Moore Are The First CT Women Pipe Finalists
Tyler Wright and Carissa Moore stand on the podium for the Maui Pro presented by ROXY at Pipeline, the first time a women's Championship Tour event took place at the infamous wave. Hopefully this is a sign of more big things to come in the future.
John John Florence Wins His First Pipe Masters
Florence, winner of the 2021 Billabong Pipe Masters presented by Hydro Flask, walks up the beach carrying the Hawaiian flag with his head hanging in humility. The win by the North Shore local brought home the prestigious title back to Hawaii since Andy Irons in 2006.
Tyler Wright Turns The Tables
Winner of the Maui Pro presented by ROXY at Pipeline Tyler Wright goes for a massive turn on her forehand during the finals against Carissa Moore, taking the yellow jersey back since her World Title in 2017. The women have come a long way and there is more work to be done.