Sunday was the day that had it all – except the skating. The rain gods hadn’t looked favourably upon us and the day varied from wet, to very wet. Fortunately, the surfing finals were playing out perfectly with both of the top seeds making the final and the ocean conditions some of the best across the whole 9 day contest.
The remainder of all the surf competitions ran today staring off with the womens semis. Both of the remaining Australian athletes didnt make it through with Georgia Fish narrowly missing out to Frances Maud Le Car. The mens quarters were even closer with with Adriano De Souza having the biggest margin of just 1.44 points over Hawai’s Fredrick Patacchia.
By the time the semis had finished the crowds were growing and the rain was belting down. Alessa Quizzon and reigning world champ Carissa Moore were looking pretty evenly matched until Carissa pulled an amazing event winning 9.44 out of the bag after seemingly impossibly emerging from the bubbles after being laid out almost horizontally.
The mens final was a little more one sided with Julian Wilson failing to find his form against a rampaging Adriano De Suza. The southerly arrived mid way through the round and sent the umbrellas flying down the beach. The ocean conditions deteriorated but Da Souza powered through – the hooter sounded and the crowd went wild. What a way to end what has been an awesome 9 days of competition.