World Surf League finals roar to a close in San Clemente
The end of the 2021 World Surf League Championship Tour came to a dramatic close on Tuesday with Gabriel Medina and Carissa Moore capturing surfing world titles in the men’s and women’s championships respectively at Lower Trestles in San Clemente on Tuesday, the last event of the year.
Medina and Moore were not the only winners, as Mother Nature delivered smooth, dramatic and powerful South Pacific swells to the shores of the famous cobblestone surf break in San Clemente. Ten surfers competed in a new format introduced at this year’s championships, one that would decide the men’s and women’s champions on the same day.
Medina defeated an in-form fellow Brazilian countryman, Felipe Toledo, and Hawaii’s Moore, coming off a gold medal in the recent Olympics for the U.S., took down multi-heat winner Tatiana Weston-Webb in the finals. Both Webb and Toledo, rated lower, put serious pressure on their opponents, who were both rated number one in the world. However, Medina and Moore held true to their rankings and prevailed in the end.
Moore is a five-time world champion, and this is Medina’s third world championship.
The event brings back Trestles as a competitive venue after it was left off the Championship Tour in 2019 and event cancellations due to the pandemic in 2020.
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