Jack Robinson and Callum Robson among Aussie winners in Hawaii


Defending Pipeline champion Jack Robinson took down surfing legend Kelly Slater in Hawaii with fellow Aussies Ethan Ewing among the winners as the World Surf League resumed in huge swell in Hawaii.

After spending two days waiting for the green light, Robinson and Ewing took out their opening heats at Oahu as the waves hit more than three metres on a bumper day for the Australians with all six advancing to the knock-out rounds.

Callum Robson, wearing a helmet in the huge surf, was another Aussie winner, scoring the ride of the day for a nine-point wave which helped him defeat three-time world champion Gabriel Medina to progress through to the knockout stages.

Robinson, who launched into the 2023 season with a win at the Pipeline Pro before missing the seasons-ending finals, said there was no hiding the first day nerves as the new competition got underway.

“I was all fired up for that heat, me and Kelly and Rio. It was a good heat,” 26-year-old Robinson said.

“I had butterflies before the heat and I was trying to let them fly – first heat, first day. It’s good to be back.

“I’ve got to enjoy it, especially right now I have a baby and my whole family here.”

Ewing, the world No.2 finished second in his heat but still advanced directly into the third round, with Robson who squeezed through a barrel late in his heat to score the 9.0 ride lodged the best score of the morning to win the second heat, squeezing through a barrel with six minutes remaining to post a 9.0.

Ryan Callinan added to the Australian winners with Queenslander Liam O’Brien and tour rookie Jacob Wilcox also winning their elimination rounds after coming last their heads.

The women’s event, with five Australians competing, remains on standby and is yet to begin.