The year’s Lexus Pipe Pro was a bit of a shitshow, to be honest, with world champion Filipe Toledo too scared to take off and the WSL refusing to run on the best day of the waiting period. Still, the highlight was that the girls absolutely turned the corner and proved to the world that they could absolutely charge Pipeline as well.

This season alone, Pipe has delivered six very heavy accidents, with all six surfers involved in wipeouts needing urgent medical care. So, a certain amount of bravery is always required. The girls came to the party.