The other surfer at Pipe with a lot to celebrate was Gabriel Medina. Sure, he finished runner-up to Wilson by just .43 of a point. But who's counting when you've just become the first-ever Brazilian World Champion.
Like Wilson, Brazilian Jadson Andre had a Championship Tour spot on the line at Pipe. But a strong performance early on in the event secured his requalification through his CT rank (the cutoff, No. 22). See 2015 men's CT rankings.
With two World Championships under her belt, Carissa Moore found herself un an unusual spot last season. That is to say, out of the Title race. But after what would have been a stellar year for anyone else, the Hawaiian capped it off with a win at the Target Maui Pro. Her joy was contagious.
While she's long been known as a fearless, fun-loving surfer, 2014 was the first year that Aussie Tyler Wright was part of the Title conversation. Her performance in the Final at the Roxy Pro France, however, was an eye-opener that showcased her blend of bold maneuvers with a playful approach that paid off. Scoring four back-to-back nine-point rides, she took the event -- and the Tour -- by storm.
While Tyler's competitive prowess was in full effect in France, her brother Owen Wright had let loose in huge Teahupo'o barrels several contests prior. During August's Billabong Pro Tahiti, he scored a Perfect 10 in Round 5, with signature enthusiasm. Of course, it was all fun and games until Kelly Slater squashed him in the next round.
Back in August, Brazilian phenom Gabriel Medina wasn't a World Champion yet. But the Semis in Tahiti, he was well on his way. During his heat against Bede Durbidge, he took off on only three waves -- but scored nine-pointers on two of them. Here, the 20-year-old shook off the weight of a country's hopes on his shoulders.
Three-time World Champ Mick Fanning (AUS) is no stranger to winning contests. But that didn't dampen his excitement over winning the 2014 J-Bay Open after a Final against his best friend, Joel Parkinson (AUS).
More than anyone on any Tour -- or perhaps any sport -- Kelly Slater (USA) knows that winning feeling. At the Billabong Pro Rio in May 2014, he still got a little thrill from a wave that would earn him a Perfect 10.