Photos: Swell time at the World Surf League Finals

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Gabriel Medina soars high on a big wave as he beats fFilipe Toledo to win the World Surf League Championship Title
Three-time WSL champion Gabriel Medina of Brazil soars on a big wave as he beats countryman Filipe Toledo to win his third World Surf League championship title at the Rip Curl WSL finals at Lower Trestles. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Olympic gold medalist and defending champion Carissa Moore of Honolulu won her fifth world title and Gabriel Medina of Brazil claimed his third during high surf at the Rip Curl World Surf League finals on Tuesday at Lower Trestles.

It was the first time the WSL decided its world champions in a one-day, winner-take-all format involving the top five women’s and men’s surfers based on the season points standings.

Moore was seeded directly into the final match, where she beat Australia’s Tatiana Weston-Webb to defend her world title.

Medina, who ended the regular season with a huge points lead, beat third-seeded Filipe Toledo of Brazil in the men’s final. Toledo had eliminated Olympic gold medalist and defending world champion Italo Ferreira of Brazil, the second seed.

Moore and Medina each won $200,000 out of the identical $470,000 purses.

Australia’s Stephanie Gilmore lost the day’s first match, ending her shot at a record eighth women’s world title.

The narrow stretch of beach, featuring cobblestones that create some of the best waves in California, was packed with a large crowd.

After a weather delay on Monday, the WSL finals were set for a southern swell bringing in six- to eight-foot waves.

A reported shark sighting during the second heat and again before the women's final heat put the competition on a brief hold.

Stephanie Gilmore of Australia waxes up her board at the WSL Finals
Seven-time WSL champion Stephanie Gilmore of Australia waxes up her board before her match with Johanne Defay of France. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Fans hold signs supporting seven-time WSL champion Stephanie Gilmore of Australia
Fans of seven-time WSL champion Stephanie Gilmore of Australia watch her match with Johanne Defay of France. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Johanne Defay rests after beating seven-time WSL champion Stephanie Gilmore
Johanne Defay of France eats a banana and rests after beating seven-time WSL champion Stephanie Gilmore of Australia. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Conner Coffin warms up before his match with Morgan Cibilic
Conner Coffin of Santa Barbara warms up before his match with Morgan Cibilic. Coffin won but went on to lose to Filipe Toledo. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Young fans wearing Conner Coffin hats watch him compete against Morgan Cibilic.
Wearing hats in support, young fans of Conner Coffin watch as he competes against Morgan Cibilic. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Children and other fans crowd around Conner Coffin to get autographs at the WSL Finals.
A large crowd gathers around Conner Coffin of Santa Barbara to get autographs after he defeated Morgan Cibilic. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Sally Fitzgibbons of Australia holds a hand to her heart after her defeat by Tatiana Weston-Webb.
Sally Fitzgibbons of Australia thanks the crowd after she was defeated by Tatiana Weston-Webb of Brazil. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Filipe Toledo is hugged by his wife, Ananda Marcal, before his match against Gabriel Medina
Filipe Toledo of Brazil is hugged by his wife, Ananda Marcal, before his match with countryman Gabriel Medina. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Italo Ferreira soars high over a big wave while competing against countryman Filipe Toledo
Former WSL world champion Italo Ferreira of Brazil soars high over a big wave while competing against countryman Filipe Toledo. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Italo Ferreira stands alone in the ocean after losing to Filipe Toledo
Italo Ferreira of Brazil prays alone after losing to countryman Filipe Toledo in the third match at the Rip Curl WSL Finals. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Carissa Moore of Hawaii is cheered on by young fans as she heads out of her locker room to compete
WSL world champion and Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore of Hawaii heads out of her locker room to compete against Tatiana Weston-Webb of Brazil, whom she beat to win her fifth WSL title. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Carissa Moore turns off the top of a big wave against Tatiana Weston-Webb
Carissa Moore surfs her way to her fifth World Surf League Championship title over Tatiana Weston-Webb. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Carissa Moore is carried up the beach after winning the title
Carissa Moore of Hawaii is carried up the beach after winning her fifth World Surf League Championship. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Carissa Moore gets a hug and lei from her mother, Carol Lum, after winning her fifth WSL title
Carissa Moore gets a hug and lei from her mother, Carol Lum, after winning her fifth World Surf League Championship title. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Filipe Toledo does a turn on a big wave while competing against Gabriel Medina
Filipe Toledo of Brazil does a turn on a big wave while competing against countryman Gabriel Medina. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Gabriel Medina does a backflip on a big wave as he beats Filipe Toledo in the finals
Three-time WSL World Champion Gabriel Medina of Brazil,does a backflip on a big wave, much to the delight of fans, as he beats countryman Filipe Toledo to win his third World Surf League Championship title. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Gabriel Medina celebrates pulling off an aerial maneuver as he beats Filipe Toledo
Gabriel Medina celebrates pulling off a big aerial maneuver as he defeats Filipe Toledo to win the championship. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
WSL World Champion Gabriel Medina celebrates in front of a cheering crowd
A large crowd cheers as three-time WSL World Champion Gabriel Medina of Brazil celebrates his latest victory. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Gabriel Medina celebrates beating countryman Filipe Toledo to win his third World Surf League Championship.
A large crowd cheers for three-time WSL World Champion Gabriel Medina of Brazil. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Gabriel Medina tears up as he hugs his wife, Yasmin Brunet, after winning his third World Surf League Championship.
Gabriel Medina hugs his wife, Yasmin Brunet, as he celebrates his WSL title. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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