Keito Matsuoka Wins O’Neill Wave of the Winter

Words by Shannon Reporting

Japan’s Keito Matsuoka just won the 2019 O’Neill Wave of the Winter powered by Surfline after surfing the wave of a lifetime at Pipe this season. And he is STOKED!

It’s not every day you score a 12 out of 10. This massive barrel surfed during the DaHui Backdoor Shootout event in January just rewarded Matsuoka with a $25,000 check for the 2019 Wave of the Winter. We were stoked to witness it live, and celebrate with the nominees at last night’s awards ceremony at the Republik in Honolulu. Check out the photo gallery below. Until next season!

Keito Matsuoka Photos: gOnzo
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