O’Neill Wave of the Winter Winner – Keito Matsuoka

April 5th, 2019

Japan’s Keito Matsuoka has taken out the O’Neill Wave of the Winter award for a gutsy ride in January of this year at Pipeline.

Building on his User Choice entry from last year’s competition, Matsuoka got another entry into the comp, only a little bigger and heavier.

The 29 year old Japanese national started coming to the North Shore when he was 12 and trained with North Shore legend Kahea Hart as a teenager.

The winning ride video was taken by legendary water photographer Larry Haynes. Check it out here:

Watch the awards video here:

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