HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Jeremy Flores (FRA) defeated 10-time ASP World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater on his way to winning the world's most prestigious and longest running professional surfing event: the Billabong Pipe Masters, In Memory of Andy Irons. Flores is the first European surfer in the 40-year history of this event to write his name in the champion's honor roll. This was the first major win of his six-year career and his largest pay check - $75,000. He was also personally presented with a handmade Gerry Lopez surfboard by the legendary Pipe Master himself and ended the year ranked 9th in the world.
Joel Parkinson (AUS) achieved an historic third consecutive Vans Triple Crown Title. It is only the second time in the sport's history that a surfer has won this many Triple Crown titles.