Six days before the Women's final at the U.S .Open of Surfing came the big announcement.
To the winner of Saturday's finale would go a record $50,000. That was $30,000 more than the previously set first-place prize of $20,000, which was also a record.
No wonder Carissa Moore of Hawaii was all smiles late Saturday at the Huntington Beach Pier.
Moore emerged from a frustrating waiting game with fellow finalist Sally Fitzgibbons of Australia to win the coveted Women's title.
"This is definitely one of my sweeter wins," said Moore, who has won just about every other contest under the sun.
Today was her first U.S. Open of Surfing championship.
"It was strange out there," she said of the conditions. "We had to wait and wait. I knew Sally had some really low scores but I had to concentrate on myself. I'm glad I caught that last wave."
Moore actually had the heat won before that last wave, where she tubed just inside of the south side of the pier, about 30 yards away from shore as the final horn sounded to end the disappointing final.