What Makes Moana Jones Wong the World’s Best Pipe Surfer? Watch and Learn

Moana Jones Wong has what looks like a preternatural feel for a barrel.

Watching Jones Wong drop into a 6-foot overhead wave and come out the other side leaves the distinct impression that it’s not hard to do. But dedication to craft can go a long way.

In a January interview, the 22-year-old Hawaiian attributed her 2022 Da Hui Backdoor Shootout win to commitment to her home waves.

“Every season I get a little bit more comfortable, a little more gutsy, just because I’ve spent so many hours studying the wave, watching people, and getting more and more confident out there,” Jones Wong told Surfline.

That article crowned her the “New Queen of the Pipeline.” And on Finals Day of the WSL Championship Tour, she delivered on her new title.

Her highlight reel from the day shows us how. Watch Jones Wong, Carissa Moore, Tyler Wright, and others rip it up!

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Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson is a staff writer at GearJunkie, and several other All Gear websites.

He has been writing about climbing, cycling, running, wildlife, outdoor policy, the outdoor industry, vehicles, and more for 2 years. Prior to GearJunkie, he owned and operated his own business before freelancing at GearHungry. Based in Austin, Texas, Anderson loves to climb, boulder, road bike, trail run, and frequent local watering holes (of both varieties).

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