There are so many cool parts to this legendary story that will no doubt go down as one of sporting's greatest. I wonder how many planets had to align for this outcome, if you really think about how it played out.
After his gut wrenching dust up with a shark last year... in the final, at the same event, at the very same wave, he returned confronting his fears and surfed with more speed, flow and precision than ever.
An inspiration to all, congratulations mate.
Pics by Kirstin Scholtz