University of Hawaii-Where is Oʻahu qualified and professional surfer Moanalani Jones Wong won the first-ever Women’s Billabong Pro Pipeline in February at the legendary Banzai Pipeline in North Shore.
The Billabong Pro Pipeline is the season kick-off event of the World Surf League 2022 Championship Tour and, for the first time, every stage will feature women and men.
Pipeline’s win isn’t the first time Jones Wong has made history.
Jones Wong became the first graduate of uh Where is OʻahuBachelor of Applied Science – Hawaiian and Native Health and Healing (HIHH) program when she graduated in 2021.
the HIHH The concentration, introduced in the fall of 2019, strives to create a pathway for the dissemination of traditional healing knowledge and skills that will serve as a model for other Indigenous groups.
As part of his graduation, Jones Wong presented a senior project titled “Surfing: More Than a Sport.”
The pro surfer makes waves, the story with uh Where is Oʻahu diploma, May 4, 2021
“I feel so connected to my culture, my ancestry and the ocean when I’m there,” said Jones Wong, who is part Hawaiian. “Surfing gave me my identity. It gave me power. In my toughest times, I found peace in the ocean.
It was a topic she was happy to present, as many don’t realize how important surfing is to Native Hawaiians.
“It’s more than a sport for us,” she said.
At the Billabong Pro Pipeline, Jones Wong defeated five-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore. World champion and surfing icon Kelly Slater won the men’s competition.
“Nothing beats shooting a big barrel at Pipeline,” Jones Wong told Ka Puna O Kaloʻi in 2021. “I feel so connected, so happy and so alive. It’s a feeling I can’t describe. Nothing beats that.
Learn more in Ka Puna O Kaloʻi.
—By Zenaida Serrano Arvman