Matt Banting: rookie and deadly | Photo: WSL/Cestari

Day one of the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT). The world's best surfers dropped in at Snapper Rocks for the opening day of the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.

Gabriel Medina, the 2014 ASP World Tour champion, proved he's ready to defend his title with the highest heat total of Round 1. Medina sent compatriot Wiggolly Dantas and wildcard Dane Reynolds to the repechage round with a combined score of 18.30.

"That was a tough heat against Wiggolly. I knew it would be a tough heat because I've been watching him over the years, and his backside is dangerous. He put some good scores on the board but luckily I got that last wave, and I made it, I'm stoked," revealed Medina.

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Cunningham, O'Brien and Costes: the 2015 Pipeline Warriors

Jamie O'Brien, Pierre-Louis Costes and Mark Cunningham have conquered the Pipeline Warriors 2015, at the Banzai Pipeline, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Da Hui and the Waterman League invited some of the best Pipeline wave specialists to compete in the inaugural edition of this surfing, bodyboarding and bodysurfing event, which included Perfect-10 performances.

The surfing final had a notorious cast of tube riders. When you witness Jamie O'Brien, Mason Ho and Bruce Irons fighting for a title in the same heat, life seems an extraordinary experience.

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Kelly Slater and John John Florence: Heat of the Year 2014 | Photo: Kirstin Scholtz/WSL

The world's best surfing achievements in 2014 have been highlighted at the 2015 World Surf League (WSL) Awards, a ceremony held in Coolangatta, Australia.

Wetsuits were left at home, as the planet's most successful wave riders wore their tuxedos and gala dresses. Gabriel Medina, Stephanie Gilmore, Mick Fanning, Tyler Wright, Harley Ingleby, Chelsea Williams, Vasco Ribeiro and Mahina Maeda showed their 2014 world titles to the photographers.

"It is because of my support team that I'm here tonight. My family, my friends, my fellow surfers on tour and my country. Brazil never had a world champion before," expressed Medina.

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