World Surf League: Carissa Moore and Jack Robinson Win 2023 Billabong Pro Pipeline
The 1st stop on the World Surf League 2023 Championship Tour, Billabong Pro Pipeline took place at Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii between January 29 and February 8, 2023.
Carissa Moore (HAW) and Jack Robinson (AUS) took their first victory at the world-renowned Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, respectively.
Especially, Carissa Moore advanced to the Final in 2021 and 2022, but was 2nd in both years. Finally, she achieved her breakthrough victory at the Pipeline.
In the Women's Final, Carissa Moore got revenge with a win against rival Tyler Wright (AUS) in a rematch of the 2021 Pipeline Final.
Carissa Moore said, “I'm so happy, and there are just so many emotions just to get this win. For the women, it's been so many years in the making, and having us out at a crazy wave like Pipeline and just trying to spend more time has been such a process. After finishing the season like I did last year, it's nice to come away with a win and wipe that slate clean. To win an event that's in honor of Andy Irons is so special. He's one of my favorite surfers of all time, and I always appreciated the time he took for me.”
Tyler Wright said, “The women deserve to be at Pipe, and you can see how much comfortable women have got here just knowing the event is going to be on tour from now on. Massive shoutout to the WSL for supporting women's surfing and seeing how it can grow. Honestly, we had a really nice offseason, and a lot of work went into performance and a lot of work went into building my body back. I've been working with Surfing Australia, and they've been amazing for me, and I couldn't be prouder of them. Actually, it's a really enjoyable process for me, and I just want to say thank you to those guys.”
In the Men's Final, Jack Robinson competed against Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA). For both competitors, this marks the first time to advance to the Final at Pipeline.
Especially, Leonardo Fioravanti made history as the Italian first finalist.
Jack Robinson defeated Leonardo Fioravanti with 9.17 points. This is Jack Robinson's first Billabong Pro Pipeline win and the fourth CT win of his career.
Jack Robinson said, “I've dreamed of this for a long time, and Andy [Irons] was one of my favorite surfers ever, and it's just an honor. To feel everything, all the emotions at the start of the year, you don't know how you're going to come back. I was feeling good, but you never know with this beast, with Pipeline. This one's the most special. I'm super grateful for this start here in Hawaii, and I'm just getting myself ready to run that road. It was a low one last year, but I also learned a lot, and there's no price on that.”
Leonardo Fioravanti said, “I mean, this is a dream come true. I've grown up watching every single event here since I was 10. To come to the podium with Lyndie (Irons) here and to have a trophy with Andy's (Irons) name on it, he's one of the greatest out here, and it means so much. To have my family here and everyone supporting me on the beach is just special. This wave put me in the hospital for six months when I was 17 years old and it's also given me so much. Thank you Pipeline, thank you to the locals for letting us surf it this year. Hawaii is such a special place for surfing and I'm grateful to be on the podium for such a special event.”
Billabong Pro Pipeline Women's Final Results:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.00
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 10.00
Billabong Pro Pipeline Men's Final Results:
1 – Jack Robinson (AUS) 9.17
2 – Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 7.47
Billabong Pro Pipeline Women's Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 13.43 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.33
SF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 12.17 def. Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW) 6.67
Billabong Pro Pipeline Women’s Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Lakey Peterso (USA) 6.83 def. Brisa Hennessy (Cos) 4.87
QF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.67 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 1.16
QF 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 6.10 def. Molly Picklum (AUS) 1.33
QF 4: Bettylou Sakura Johnson (HAW) 2.20 def. G. Bryan (HAW) 1.77
Billabong Pro Pipeline Men's Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 12.00 def. Caio Ibelli (BRA) 7.57
SF 2: Jack Robinson (AUS) 11.67 def. Joao Chianca (BRA) 9.93
Billabong Pro Pipeline Men's Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Leonardo Fioravanti (ITA) 11.00 def. Jordy Smith (RSA) 10.76
QF 2: Caio Ibelli (BRA) 15.83 def. Liam O'Brien (AUS) 7.70
QF 3: Joao Chianca (BRA) 12.00 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 11.40
QF 4: Jack Robinson (AUS) 13.84 def. John John Florence (HAW) 12.87
Photo by Tony Heff/World Surf League
- source : World Surf League