Win is great start towards Josh's next goal - qualifying for the World Tour
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 February, 2018 - Congratulations to HIC Teamrider Josh Moniz on his victory at the 2018 Volcom Pipe Pro on Superbowl Sunday, February 4th. In conditions that could only be described as "epic", the Banzai Pipeline delivered-up double to triple overhead, spitting barrels for the final day of the Pipe Pro, a World Surf League QS-3,000 event.
In the Final Heat, Josh fought a tight battle against former Pipe Pro Champion Jamie O'Brien, who scored a perfect 10 point ride midway through the heat. With only minutes to go Josh dropped into a large outside peak and disappeared into a deep barrel, scoring an 8.83 from the judges. Combined with his earlier score for a total of 17.56, it was just enough to beat O'Brien's combined score of 17.43, pushing O'Brien into 2nd place. Brazil's Wesley Dantas finished in 3rd place with South Carolina's Cam Richards rounding out the final in 4th place.
An exuberant Josh Moniz is greeted by sister Kelia as brothers Micah and Isaiah carry him up the beach. All Images: McEwen
“100 percent this is the best win of my professional career,” Josh said after the event "I’m going to remember this forever.” He gave special credit to his decision to take a slightly larger board out in the final heat, a 6' 8" M-7 model by Kerry Tokoro. "I missed a set wave in my earlier heat, and decided to go with the 6' 8" in the final". The board allowed Moniz to get into the larger sets, and performed like "magic" as he described it.
In addition to a $12,000 1st place check, Josh earned 3,000 QS points, launching him into an early lead on the 2018 WSL World Qualifying Tour. It's a great start towards his next goal - qualifying for the 2019 WSL Championship Tour. Go Josh!