What a day for professional surfing. The second running of the WSL Finals at Lower Trestles did not disappoint, both in terms of waves and epic performances by the players. Conditions were pristine early on and while the wind picked up around noon and may have mucked the WSL broadcast, California’s high-performance capital delivered far more than its forecasted four to six-foot day.
As far as clutch performances go, you couldn’t ask for anything more compelling than Filipe Toledo’s first world title and Stephanie Gilmore’s eighth – at 34 years old and four years after her last title in 2018. Gilmore’s win was particularly historic, fighting her way from fifth to first in the WSL’s ranked bracketing format.