Happy Hawaiian scoops up title five.
The Hawaiian Olympic gold medallist Carissa Moore has won her fifth world title after wasting American-Brazilian Tatiana Weston-Webb in good enough three-to-five foot waves at Lower Trestles, a short electric bike ride from San Clemente.
The just-turned twenty nine year old Moore raced her Cadillac Mayhems along the smooth walls with the frenetic energy of a man whose nostril hairs are frosted with coke.
With three heats in the offing, Moore needed all three of ‘em to despatch the ethereal and angelic looking Weston-Webb.
Tatiana, the world number two coming into Finals Day, beat Australian Sally Fitzgibbons to occupy the surf-off for the world title.
Described by the WSL commentator Chris Cote as “one of the most high-performance surfers on the planet” and riding “the most high-performance wave in the world”, Weston-Webb was unable to match the electric Moore.
Johanne Defay and Stephanie Gilmore filled the final two spots.
“Number five sounds good!” hooted Carissa.
Finals Day analysis coming shortly.