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Carissa Moore surfs into the record books with 4th world title
Moore edges out Caroline Marks on home water in Maui to join a prestigious list of four-time American female surfing champions.
Moore joins a select group alongside fellow American stars Lisa Andersen and Freida Zamba as four-time winners. Only Aussie duo Stephanie Gilmore and Layne Beachley now hold more titles.
The 27-year-old headed into the 10th and final stop of a rollercoaster 2019 season needing to eclipse Marks and Peterson to secure her fourth world title after previously lifting the trophy in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
Her 2019 victories at the Corona Open J-Bay in July and the Roxy Pro France in October had edged her in front of her rivals in the overall standings.
All three surfers made it into the Round of 16 during the weekend action, however Peterson lost out by just 1.07 points to two-time world champion Tyler Wright of Australia to leave the title race down to Moore and Marks on Monday.
Moore defeated Australian Nikki Van Dijk 16.00 to 10.90 in their quarter-final clash and Marks was edged out by seven-time world champion and eventual event winner Stephanie Gilmore of Australia in their match-up, ensuring Moore’s world title number four.
This has not only been three years of work, but three years of learning and growing
Following her momentous victory, the Hawaiian said: "I was trying to maintain focus, knowing I had another heat coming up. This has not only been three years of work, but three years of learning and growing. I have so many friends and family here and I want to share it with them."
Moore and Marks also wrapped up the added bonus of qualifying ahead of Peterson for the American team at Tokyo 2020, when surfing makes its debut in Japan.
2019 World Surf League women's final standings:
- Carissa Moore USA 59,940 points
- Caroline Marks USA 55,545
- Lakey Peterson USA 55,125
- Stephanie Gilmore AUS 49,810
- Sally Fitzgibbons AUS 48,950