Steph Gilmore falls short in record surf title bid as shark halts men’s WSL final

  • Australian ousted before Carissa Moore wins WSL Finals event
  • Gabriel Medina crowned men’s champion after shark sighting

Carissa Moore clinched her fifth world title leaving Stephanie Gilmore stranded on seven, while Gabriel Medina has won a third men’s crown with victory at the World Surf League Finals in California.

The world champions were decided for the first time in an epic one-day session at Lower Trestles, California, that featured the top five ranked surfers of the year, with Hawaiian Moore and Brazilian Medina living up to their top billing. Advancing directly to the final as No 1 seeds, Moore overcame Brazilian Tatiana Weston-Webb to defend her title while Medina downed compatriot Felipe Toledo.

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