Meet the Competitors in the Rip Curl WSL Finals
Carissa Moore (HAW)
Five-time World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Carissa Moore enters the Rip Curl WSL Finals as the No. 1 seeded competitor for the third year in a row. Moore started her season with a win at the world-renowned Banzai Pipeline. She then earned back-to-back wins at the Margaret River Pro and Surf Ranch Pro. Moore claimed her fifth World Title at the inaugural 2021 Rip Curl WSL Finals. She finished last season as runner-up to Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), and will be eager for redemption and her 6th World Title this year. Moore is truly a trailblazer of the sport and created her foundation, Moore Aloha, to inspire the next generation of female surfers.
“I’m super stoked and really really happy,” said Moore. “It’s one of those monumental goals, those little chunks you try to bite away slowly throughout the year. I’m really happy to have the opportunity to be on that big stage again and compete at Lowers. It’ll be super cool.”
Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Reigning World Champion Filipe Toledo comes to the Rip Curl WSL Finals as the men’s No. 1 seed for the second-consecutive year. Toledo is known for his progressive surfing and aerial maneuvers. He earned three event wins this season: the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach, Surf City El Salvador Pro, and Corona Open J-Bay. He is now determined to cement himself in surfing history with back-to-back World Titles. Lower Trestles is a wave he is very family with, as he lives in San Clemente with his family.
“It’s all the hard work, all the sacrifice,” said Toledo. “All the hours traveling on those airplanes and a lot of money spent. It’s everything; I’m super blessed. I have to thank God for everything he’s done in my life. The family support, all of my sponsors, and the WSL for putting on amazing events. I’ll see you guys at Trestles.”
Tyler Wright (AUS)
This will be the first Rip Curl WSL Finals appearance for two-time World Champion Tyler Wright, who enters the event as the No. 2 seed. Wright performed consistently throughout the season, winning the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and earning five event Finals appearances. This is the first time she has been in contention for a World Title in the last five years. Wright is known for her advocacy of mental health awareness and gender equality in surfing and for using her platform to drive positive change.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been in Title contention,” said Wright. “I think it’s been five years. The main thing for me is to stay in my process. I have ideas and thoughts of what I want to do, and it just has to be in my process. I think that’s where the joy for surfing and competing has come back to me. I’m just staying focused on that.”
Griffin Colapinto (USA)
For San Clemente, California’s Griffin Colapinto, competing in his backyard for a World Title has been a long-time dream. Colapinto earned himself the No. 2 seed by winning the Surf Ranch Pro and finishing runner-up at the Hurley Pro Sunset Beach, Margaret River Pro, and Surf City El Salvador Pro. The 25-year-old knows every inch of the cobblestone reef that makes Lower Trestles a world-class wave and now looks to bring California its first World Title since 1992. Colapinto shares his passion for surfing with his family. His brother, Crosby Colapinto, recently won the Wallex US Open of Surfing.
“There’s so much stress thinking about being in the Final 5,” said Colapinto. “I honestly have PTSD from the last two years of just barely missing out by 100 points. I got sixth the year before and seventh last year. To do it now is freaking insane. It’s been a goal of mine, and I’m looking forward to it.”