Ryan Callinan wins 2018 Pipe Invitational

December 13, 2018 | Surfing
Ryan Callinan: the winner of the 2018 Pipe Invitational | Photo: Cestari/WSL

Ryan Callinan has taken out the 2018 Pipe Invitational, at Banzai Pipeline, in Hawaii.

The Australian won the 32-man trials after defeating Benji Brand, Torrey Meister, and Soli Bailey in the final held in onshore five-foot waves.

Callinan, a former Championship Tour surfer, secured his third consecutive wildcard into an elite event, after competing in France and Portugal.

"To be honest, I haven't put together the best heats, and I think my highest heat score was the final. But just to surf Pipeline with no one else is fun," expressed Ryan Callinan.

Callinan finished fourth on the Qualifying Series (QS) and will join the world's best in 2019. As for the Pipeline Masters, the Australian has

"I'd love to have another shot at Gabriel, but we'll see. I can't plan that; it comes down to the seeding, but whoever it is, I'm excited to have a battle and go toe to toe," concluded the Pipe Invitational champion.

Benji Brand finished runner-up and will also join the main event.

"It feels unreal. This is exactly what happened to me last year. I couldn't believe it then, and it's the same feeling now. I'm really stoked!"

2018 Pipe Invitational | Final

1. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 9.67
2. Benji Brand (HAW) 5.47
3. Torrey Meister (HAW) 4.67
4. Soli Bailey (AUS) 2.80