|Moore and Toledo Secure World No. 1 Rankings Following Runner-up Finishes at Stop No. 6
With her runner-up result, Moore is back at World No. 1 heading into the Surf City El Salvador Pro, the seventh stop on the WSL CT. En route to the Final, Moore took down Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in the Quarterfinals and Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) in the Semifinals. Moore displayed her dominant back-hand and will be ready for a rematch in the upcoming events, this time at a prominent right-hand point break.
“This is my first trip here and I was a little nervous about getting used to the lineup and the wave,” Moore said. “It’s actually really similar to a wave at home on the South Shore of Oahu. The people here are so nice, it’s beautiful and there are just good vibes all around. It was great to share that Final with Johanne, I see how hard she works and what she puts in so I’m really happy for her. I definitely made a few mistakes but I had a lot of fun so I’m just going to focus on that.”
Toledo will retain his top spot on the rankings with his second-place finish. Despite the 27-year-old falling shy of his second CT win this season, he will head into the next competition wearing the yellow leader jersey. Having made the Finals in Portugal, winning at Bells, and securing another Final here at G-Land, Toledo is primed for the back half of the year, heading into a series of pet events as he looks to secure his maiden World Title at Trestles this September.
“It was a really cool experience being here in the jungle and getting to know a new place,” Toledo said. “This was my first time here and I’m really happy and appreciative of everyone from the camps who worked so hard to give us a great experience here. I’m really happy to be in the position I am and I’m hoping to keep grinding, giving my best, and doing everything I can to keep the yellow jersey.”
In a buzzer-beater finish, Robsinson took down the three-time WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA). The Quiksilver Pro G-Land marked Medina’s first competition back since winning the World Title last year. The Brazilian looked in incredible form, scoring some of the highest totals of the event, but Robinson got the edge in the Semifinals with a mere 0.57-point difference to take the heat win. Entering into the back half of the year as the WSL CT season wildcard, Medina will need the Final finishes at the upcoming events to put himself in contention for the World Title in 2022.