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Australia's Jack Robinson has taken over the world No.1 ranking after winning the season-opening World Surf League event in Hawaii.
Compatriot Tyler Wright was forced to settle for second with home hero Carissa Moore breaking through for victory, with Robinson clinching the men's final against Italian Leo Fioravanti.
The Billabong Pro was the 25-year-old West Australian's fourth title heading into his third year on the tour.
Robinson finished last year ranked world No.3 but is now the man to beat and will wear the yellow jersey at next week's Sunset Pro, also in Hawaii.
Jack Robinson, draped in the Aussie flag, is chaired out of the water after winning Pipeline on Thursday morning in Hawaii
While the final was a low-scoring affair in blustery conditions with surfers robbed of the usual barrels that Pipeline produces, Robinson earned the title.
He beat former Pipeline trophy-winners and world champions Gabriel Medina and John John Florence en route to the final.