(Reuters) – Hawaii’s Carissa Moore won her fourth world surfing title on Monday, finishing third in the final event of the 2019 World Championship Tour and booking a berth for surfing’s Olympics debut in Tokyo next year in the process.
Moore overcame Australia’s Nikki Van Dijk in pumping surf at Maui’s legendary Honolua Bay in the quarter-final, before being defeated by a red-hot Stephanie Gilmore, Australia’s seven-time world champ, in the semi-final.
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That gave Moore enough points to finish ahead of Florida teen sensation Caroline Marks and California’s Lakey Peterson, who were both in contention for the title going into the final event of the 10-stop world tour.
“It hasn’t sunken in yet, I’ve dreamed of this moment for a really long time,” Moore said. “Each world title has been a little different and this one has definitely been the hardest and the one I’ve learnt the most about myself.”
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Gilmore had earlier knocked out Marks in their quarter-final to hand Moore her fourth title after wins in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
Gilmore went on to win the Honolua event over countrywoman Tyler Wright, who was returning to competition after a long break due to injury and illness.
Marks, a 17-year-old in only her second...
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