Wiggolly Dantas wins 2020 Volcom Pipe Pro

February 3, 2020 | Surfing
Wiggolly Dantas: the first Brazilian to win the prestigious Volcom Pipe Pro | Photo: Saguibo/WSL

Wiggolly Dantas has taken out the 2020 Volcom Pipe Pro, at Banzai Pipeline, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

The event was blessed by three days of perfect and classic Pipe barrels.

In the grand final, and with challenging conditions, Dantas defeated fellow countrymen Joao Chianca and Yago Dora, and Hawaiian sensation, Seth Moniz.

It was the time in the history of the Volcom Pipe Pro that a Brazilian won the competition. Wiggolly had already finished runner-up in 2014 and surfed the event nine times.

"I feel tired, but it is an amazing feeling. I have always dreamed of winning a contest at Pipeline. This is a very special wave for me," said the experienced Brazilian surfer.

Wiggolly Dantas has been traveling to the Seven Mile Miracle for 25 years.

For the finals, Dantas used his powerful backside snaps, and power turns to impress the judges at Backdoor and Off The Wall.

"Evey Pipe wave is a special moment in my life. Whether you get the best ride of your life or the worst wipeout, it is always a special day. This time, I said to myself: 'OK - this year, I'll try to win this," concluded the 30-year-old surfer.

Hawaiian big wave charger Billy Kemper received the Hard Charger Award in memory of Todd Chesser.

According to the organization, the surfer from Haiku was the one who showed total commitment and pushed himself over the ledge throughout the entire event. 

2020 Volcom Pipe Pro | Final

1. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 10.03
2. Joao Chianca (BRA) 7.83
3. Yago Dora (BRA) 6.30
4. Seth Moniz (HA) 5.17

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