After much anticipation, and a few days of waiting — first for the waves to show up, and then for the surf to clean up — the first WSL Finals went off in dynamic fashion today. Monday was the much-anticipated day most everyone thought the event would go, but the dawn-patrol session saw chunky closeouts and a fog bank that rolled in right as the 7:30 a.m. call was being made, hiding the lineup from sight and quashing any hopes of the event running. The WSL didn’t just need good conditions, they needed a full day of perfect waves to give competitors a fair shot. And after all the waiting, both the number-one ranked surfers, Gabriel Medina and Carissa Moore, were crowned World Champions.
The waves were absolutely perfect. Trestles was huge, by Trestles standards. Outside double-overhead sets flowed in for most of the day. Leading up to the event, there was questions whether Lowers would be able to hold the huge, long-period swell that was on tap — questions that were definitely justified by the wonky conditions on Monday as the swell continued to build. But that was quickly put to rest today.