World Surf League: Gabriel Medina and Carissa Moore Claim Surf Ranch Pro Title in Lemoore
- The 8th stop on WSL Championship, Men's and Women's Surf Ranch Pro ran the Final in Lemoore, California.
Men's Surf Ranch Pro witnessed Gabriel Medina (Brazil) claimed back-to-back wins following Tahiti Pro Teahupo'o. This marks his second victory of the 2018 season.
He earned 8.73 on first right side wave and 9.13 on second left wave, with total of 17.86.
The 2nd place was Filipe Toledo (Brazil), who received 9.80 on second right side wave and 7.23 on left side wave, with total of 17.03.
Filipe Toledo succeeded 3 times aerial on second right side wave. But it is not enough to win.
"It was amazing to win again, especially here at the Surf Ranch. It feels really good. That was hard," said Medina. "Everyone was surfing really good, especially Filipe. It feels good to get a little closer to him. There's three more events so it should be a fun one."
He continued, "That was the most high-performance wave we've ever surfed. The thing about here is that you have to surf both ways good, backhand and forehand."
Filipe Toledo came away from the Surf Ranch Pro with 7,800 points and maintains his grip on the Jeep Leader jersey.
"It's a win for me, to be in the position that I'm in. It's another keeper result," Filipe Toledo said.
While, Women's Surf Ranch Pro, Carissa Moore (Hawaii) took her long-awaited first victory of the 2018 season. This marks her first victory since 2017's Roxy Pro France.
She gained 8.60 on second left side wave and 9.20 on right side wave, with total of 17.80.
Current CT point leader Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) finished 2nd place with 16.70.
"I'm ecstatic to walk away with the win today," Carissa Moore said. "It's such a new thing, it's such an honor to be part of this whole deal. It's a wonderful canvas and really shows what kind of surfer you are."
She added, "For me there's no pressure, I'm not in a title race, I'm just having fun. I was stoked because I could cut loose a little bit. I needed to improve on my scores, so I needed to go big."
"You just have to take a few deep breaths and just focus on what you can do," Stephanie Gilmore said. "We have two more events now. My goal is just to finish strong and qualify for next year. I'm not in the title race, so going forward for the rest of the year I just want to have some really strong performances and gain some confidence."
Surf Ranch Pro Men's Final Results:
- Gabriel Medina (Brazil) 17.86
- Filipe Toledo (Brazil) 17.03
- Kelly Slater (USA) 16.27
- Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 15.77
- Owen Wright (Australia) 15.40
- Julian Wilson (Australia) 15.34
- Sebastian Zietz (Hawaii) 15.07
- Miguel Pupo (Brazil) 12.96
Surf Ranch Pro Women's Final Results:
- Carissa Moore (Hawaii) 17.80
- Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) 16.70
- Lakey Peterson (USA) 16.57
- Caroline Marks (USA) 14.77
- source : World Surf League