By Matt Skenazy
Stephanie Gilmore wins third world title
Stephanie Gilmore wrapped up her third World Title and 17 year-old wildcard Carissa Moore won the Gidget Pro at Sunset Beach today in 6-10 foot pumping surf.
Gilmore went into the competition ranked first in the world, and once she made the final and Silvana Lima and Sofia Mulanovich, ranked two and three in the world respectively, fell by the way side, all Gilmore had to do was wait and hope that fourth ranked Coco Ho didn't advance out of the semis. Gilmore sat by herself with her head phones on looking oblivious. Coco got caught on the inside as a ten-foot set rolled through and she never quite got back into rhythm.
"I didn't even know," said a stunned Gilmore, suddenly surrounded by photographers. "This morning I was thinking 'the possibilities are so out there' but, oh my God."
Clearly overwhelmed, Glimore, 21, became the only surfer ever, man or woman, to win the world title every year she has competed.
As Gidget Pro champion Carissa Moore rode her victory wave into the beach after winning a star-studded youth-filled final, her mentor, board caddie, and all time Sunset Beach legend Pancho Sullivan playfully dropped in on her. And got shacked out of his mind as he faded her to the foam ball. A fitting end. With the win Carissa Moore clinched qualification for the women's WCT next year.
"I never thought I'd be making the finals here today, or win it," Moore said in her victory speech. "This past month I've been home and surfing with all the girls and they've been ripping. I'm just so stoked."
After Haleiwa and Sunset contention for the Vans Triple Crown title is heating up too, with Alana Blanchard taking a 1st and 4th in the first two events and Stephanie Gilmore taking a 2nd and 3rd. Gilmore is the defending Triple Crown champ and won at Honolua Bay last year, but Carissa and Alana will be hot on her heels.
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