For girls’s browsing, a fierce, three-way battle to make the US Olympic Team and determine the 2019 world title ended on Monday at the Lululemon Maui Professional. It was ten-year veteran Carissa Moore who took residence her fourth world title and clinched the high spot on Team USA. Caroline Marks, 17 and in simply her second 12 months on the top-tier Championship Tour, completed second total to punch her personal ticket to Tokyo. She’ll head to the Olympics over Lakey Peterson, the third surfer in that high-pressure battle, who was sitting in the second spot heading into Maui however misplaced in a second spherical warmth, eliminating her from the world title race and Olympic qualification.
Chatting with POPSUGAR forward of the competitors, Carissa stated it could be “an honor and a dream come true” to compete for Team USA in the Olympics, however that she was nonetheless taking it one warmth at a time. “I’m never a person to get too ahead of myself,” she stated. That focus paid off at the final contest of 2019, held in picturesque Honolua Bay, the place Carissa is thought for her dominant performances. She was in high kind by means of 4 rounds of competitors, ultimately falling in an all-star semi-final towards seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore of Australia. The loss did not matter for the world title race; Carissa clinched the championship even earlier than she received in the water, based mostly on the factors she’d racked up all through the 10-contest season.
Caroline misplaced in the opening spherical of the Maui Professional, touchdown her in a high-pressure elimination spherical that would have knocked her out early. She fought for back-to-back wins in that warmth and following spherical of 16 earlier than getting eradicated, additionally by Stephanie Gilmore. Regardless of falling wanting the Honolua podium, Caroline’s sturdy season far exceeded her personal expectations.
“It’s rad to be in this position and I’m just enjoying every step of it,” she instructed POPSUGAR earlier than the competitors. “This year’s probably been the best year of my life. I’m just trying to enjoy it, take it all in.” She dreamed of going to the Olympics as a child and stated that stated that competing in browsing’s first Olympics ever can be unimaginable and was undoubtedly a purpose of hers. “I was like OK, let’s do it. Let’s make it,” she stated. “Let’s be in those top two spots.”
Now, these spots have been crammed, pending Carissa and Caroline’s participation in the 2020 ISA World Browsing Video games. (They’re only required to compete, not win or place on the podium.) With the 2019 season and title race formally behind the two surfers, all eyes are turning in the direction of browsing’s massive debut at Tokyo 2020. “The Olympics is the pinnacle of sport,” Carissa stated. “So to have surfing on that level and see how much the sport has progressed in just my lifetime of surfing is really cool.”