“To be home in California, have a heat against Courtney and to be 10,000, it’s more than just points,” Erickson said. “It’s equal pay, it’s a prime, it’s a lot for us women and a big shout out to Jessi for believing in our sport and to Sophie leading the WSL as a strong woman.”
Dora beat Liam O’Brien of Australia in the men’s final. Dora came out strong with the day’s top single-scoring wave of a near-perfect 9.27 after soaring through the air and landing it smoothly. He scored another 8.60 on another massive air-reverse before shooting through the pier to finish it off and seal his first-ever QS 10,000 victory.
Surfing makes its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games next summer.