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Carissa Moore wins fifth WSL title in historic one-day surf-off

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Carissa Moore is a world champion once again.

The Hawaiian surfer won the inaugural Rip Curl WSL Pro in San Clemente, Calif. on Tuesday to capture her fifth world title.

It was the first time ever that a one-day surf-off crowned the world champion after the WSL announced a new championship layout earlier this year. Previously, the rankings at the end of the championship tour determined the winner.

Moore defeated Brazil’s Tatiana Weston-Webb in a best-of-three final to close out the 2021 World Surf League Championship Tour. Weston-Webb, who ranked second on the CT tour, bested Moore in the first round 15.20-14.06. But Moore rebounded in the next two rounds to take the title with a final score of 16.60-14.20.

The victory caps a landmark year for Moore, who won the first-ever surfing gold medal this summer at the Tokyo Olympics. It also makes her the first Hawaiian woman to win back-to-back world titles since 1981.

Moore now has the second-most titles in women’s surfing history behind Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore and Layne Beachley, who each have seven career world championships.