Pierre-Louis Costes: probably the best bodyboarder in the world right now | Photo: APB

Pierre-Louis Costes has won the 2016 Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational, at Banzai Pipeline, in Hawaii.

The French bodyboarder kicked off the new season with a very important victory. Costes defeated Jared Houston, Jacob Romero, and Lewy Finnegan, in the decisive heat, held in spectacular wave conditions.

The 2011 world champion used his traditional trumps to build a near-perfect score of 19.26 points.

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Guilherme Tâmega: he saved Dylan McGinn from drowning at Pipeline | Photo: João Ricardo

Guilherme Tâmega has saved a bodyboarder from drowning at Banzai Pipeline, on the Oahu's North Shore, Hawaii.

The six-time world bodyboarding champion was in the water when Dylan McGinn dropped into a classic Pipeline barrel, wiped out, and hit his head on the reef.

The Brazilian, who catching a few waves alongside Tahurai Henry and Jamie O'Brien, noticed the accident and immediately rushed to help. Tâmega kept McGinn afloat until more help arrived. He was without a pulse when he reached the shore.

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2016 Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational: classic Pipeline conditions | Photo: João Ricardo/APB

The first day of the 2016 Mike Stewart Pipeline Invitational got underway in classic eight-to-ten-foot surf, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

It's on. The world's best bodyboarders have kicked off the new season. And what a way to get things started. Round 1 and 2 were completed with plenty of barrel rides and huge air maneuvers, but there are already athletes lined up in Round 4.

Lachlan Cramsie is one of them. The Australian secured the second highest total of the day - 14.66 points - and joined Brazilian veteran Guilherme Tamega, who will also compete in the round of 16.

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