As the sun set on the 14th Dec 2012 Australian Surfing changed for the better, a new froth was created when Gold Coast man of Style and father of 3, idol to millions brought home the 2012 World Surfing Title and the cherry on top, The Pipe Masters Trophy. I was shipped out to cover the Pipe Master and Title run by Tracks Mag and was kindly given the green light to lurk at the Billabong house with a few other lucky / privileged industry types, close friends and family to cover what is possibly one of the greatest Title runs Australian Surfing has seen in a long time, if not ever. As the time clock wound down and things drew to a close it was done, Joel had won it all, holy shit World Champ, Pipe Master - this house was going to be busy. Joel was swiftly brought back to the Bong house to a crazy emotion filled front yard which overlooks Pipeline, the cheers and celebrations were loud, wet and fucking awesome. I was lucky, I was there frontline and dodging champagne corks like I was in some kind of war - but a friendly war. Here is a shot that I grabbed in amongst all the mayhem and festivities. Well it`s home time now, Merry Christmas, and thanks Joel for the shot.