Before the Target Maui Pro is even over, Carissa Moore is already celebrating. She claimed her third WSL world title this morning at Honolua Bay.
It was her close friend and fellow Hawaiian Coco Ho who helped her secure the title, after eliminating Courtney Conlogue in the fourth round.
Celebrations ensued. “It means the world to me”, Moore said, about winning the title in Hawaii. “It’s such a special place”.
Spare a thought for Conlogue. After her success this year, her early elimination was somewhat of a shock. There was a rare agreement amongst surfing fans this time around – that both Moore and Conlogue deserved the title. It wasn’t to be for Conlogue, who’s still chasing that elusive first world title.
It only took Moore three contest wins this season to clinch the title – the Gold Coast, Bells Beach and Trestles events. She had previously won world titles in 2011 and 2013. Which brings up the question – can she make it to six world titles to equal Stephanie Gilmore?