• Jen Booton

Never Give Up: Wiggolly Dantas Wins Volcom Pipe Pro At Last

Dantas says it was a goal for many years to win an event at Pipeline.

Six years after finishing second to Kelly Slater, Brazilian pro surfer Wiggolly Dantas has at last won the Volcom Pipe Pro qualifier in Hawaii. The event earns him points to potentially compete in next year’s WSL Championship Tour. The North Shore, Oahu event, which is in its 11th year, invites the world’s top surfers to compete on the world-famous Banzai Pipeline. The Volcom Pipe Pro is part of the World Surf League Qualifying Series. Top scorers feed into WSL’s world championship tour. Dantas previously competed in the WSL Championship Tour, from 2015 to 2018, but never reached the podium.

Dantas first made waves in 2014 as the runner-up to 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater. Slater has won Volcom Pipe Pro twice, in 2014 and again in 2016. This was Dantas’ ninth appearance and his first time winning it all. “I feel amazing, I feel tired at the same time, but I feel amazing,” said Dantas at a presser. “This wave for me is a special wave in my life and it’s such a pleasure to be here and compete with the boys and get good barrels and get good turns and win an event here. It’s my goal for many years and I’m super stoked to start the year.”