History in the making.
I mocked, and mocked hard, when the World Surf League rolled out the concept of a super-charged final day, some who-knows-how-many months ago, pitting the top five surfers (both men’s and women’s) against each other for all the glory. Previously, organized professional surfing had hung itself on the tagline “It Takes a Tour to Make a Title.”
Now it takes a day.
Blah blah blah lame blah Gabriel Medina dominant blah blah Stephanie Gilmore.
Speaking of, the current world number four on the women’s side, and roughly 5000 points behind leader Carissa Moore, is in position to make history at Lower, Trestles (likely Sunday) with a win and another crown.
In so doing, Gilmore would vault from seven World Titles to eight thereby passing the great Layne Beachley.
Is Beachley made furious by this potential injustice? This quick changing of the rules?
Unfortunately no, for in a recent Guardian interview she proclaimed, “She’s already referred to as the GOAT. I don’t know how many more times she’s going to have to win before she truly lays claims to that. She’s already the GOAT and I’m not sure another world title will change that at all.”
Is Beachley actually the most graceful surfer in the world?
But back to this one day final nonsense, Pip Toledo scared out of the water, ‘Rissa Moore maybe coming undone by fate and history and Gilmore etc.
Pat O’Connell, architect of this great mess, was right.
We needed this.
It Takes a Day to Win Over Mentally Lazy and Challenged Surf Journalists.