Wade Carmichael: victorious at Haleiwa | Photo: Masurel/WSL

Wade Carmichael has conquered the 2015 Hawaiian Pro, the first jewel of the Triple Crown of Surfing, held in Haleiwa, on the North Shore of Oahu.

Carmichael, 23, jumped over 40 spots in the Qualifying Series rankings - he is the 13th - and will likely join the 2016 Championship Tour (CT) if he secures a good result at the upcoming Vans World Cup of Surfing.

In the final heat of the event, Carmichael defeated Filipe Toled, Ezekiel Lau and Dusty Payne, with a series of powerful maneuvers in the small-to-medium wave faces.

"I don't even know what to say. I was waiting around for 20 minutes out in the water and I thought everyone got scores in the end and I couldn't believe all the boys on the beach, I was just freaking out," explained Wade Carmichael.

"The year has been tough. I started off well at Trestles with my third, but I haven't had much since then. I just got a little bit of a downstage with small waves and kept making a couple mistakes. But I feel like with this win here I'll hopefully get a little roll at Sunset. I'm just stoked."

The 35-minute Final heated up right off the start as all four surfers went wave for wave, each showing unique talent. Anxiety built when the ocean fell quiet at the halfway mark, but not even a final couple of rides by Payne and Toledo could turn the tables on the Australian.

The 2015 Vans World Cup of Surfing kicks off on the 24th November, at Sunset Beach. It's the final QS 10,000 of the season, and it will help determine the top 34 that will compete on the 2016 Dream Tour.

2015 Hawaiian Pro | Final

1. Wade Carmichael (AUS), 15.40
2. Filipe Toledo (BRA), 14.83
3. Ezekiel Lau (HAW), 13.04
4. Dusty Payne (HAW), 12,83

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