Hawaii's Carissa Moore Wins 2019 World Surfing Championship
Hawaii’s Carissa Moore wrapped up her fourth women’s world surfing title Monday morning at the Lululemon Maui Pro at Honolua Bay.
Moore advanced out of the Quarterfinals with a win over Nikki Van Dijk and then it was a waiting game.
Caroline Marks, the only other competitor with a chance to pass Carissa in the World Title race was eliminated by six-time world champ Stephanie Gilmore 13.73 to 11.50 in the final Quarterfinal heat.
Moore was pacing back and forth in the RedBull locker room awaiting the scores from that heat when she became the 2019 World Surf League champion.
"(I was) just trying to keep the focus", explained Moore. "I was expecting a semifinal heat with her and so I was just trying to control the emotions".
After capturing the 2019 World Title, Carissa had to get back in the water to face Stephanie Gilmore in the Maui Pro Semifinals. Gilmore got the win 15.94-15.07, then went on to win the contest on the Valley Isle.
"Well anything from here on out is the cherry on top", added Moore on remaining in the competition after the emotional news. "So much of my family and my friends are here so I just want to share a little bit more with them", said Moore.
Carissa also won the Surfing World Championship in 2011, ’13 and ’15. This season, she picked up contest wins at the Corona Open and the Roxy Pro France.
The Maui Pro was the final stop on the 2019 WSL World Tour. As the top two women surfers on tour, Moore and Marks clinched spots for the U.S. in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday.