BANZAI PIPELINE, Oahu/Hawaii/USA (Tuesday, December 8, 2020) – Joshua Moniz (HAW) and Miguel Tudela (PER) won first and second place, respectively, at the Pipe Invitational and secured their wildcard spots into the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons presented by Hydro Flask, the first stop on the World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour (CT).
“I feel great, it’s a pretty amazing feeling, being able to just keep surfing at Pipe, my favorite wave in the world,” said Moniz, 2020 Pipe Invitational winner. “This is probably the best heat I’ve ever had. I grew up surfing against all those guys and I know how good they are. I was definitely nervous, but I’m glad it worked out.”
Despite an empty beach due to COVID-19 restrictions for the competition, a group of Moniz’s family stormed the beach to congratulate him after scoring a pair of 9.60 rides (out of a possible 10) in the finals, including his younger brother, Seth, who will also compete in the Billabong Pipe Masters pres. by Hydro Flask.
“It’s going to be insane, I get to watch my brother surf in some heats, and I get to surf and some heats too,” said Moniz. “Hopefully we will both do well.”
Miguel Tudela (PER) came in second at the Pipe Invitational, also earning a wildcard spot to compete at the Billabong Pipe Masters pres. by Hydro Flask. With a combined score of 13.10 (out of a possible 20) in the Finals, Tudela will make his debut in a CT contest and represent Peru on the main stage of surfing.
“I wasn’t even thinking about coming here until I got a call from Billabong a couple of weeks ago,” said Tudela. “I’m really stoked I made it through to the main event.”
Moniz and Tudela, however, already have a big challenge ahead. Both surfers will be welcomed into Pipe’s lineup by the Brazilian Storm. Moniz will face two-time World Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) and 2015 World Champion Adriano de Souza (BRA) in Heat 5 of the Seeding Round, while Tudela will have to go through 2019 World Champion and reigning Pipe Master, Italo Ferreira (BRA) in Heat 6.