Carissa Moore clinched surfing's overall world title on Friday, in the process becoming the youngest-ever world champion, the first American woman to hold the title since 1997, and the first Hawaiian since 1981. Moore, who is 18, was also the Associaion of Surfing Professionals Rookie of the Year in 2010. She finished second behind reigning women's champ Stephanie Gilmore at last week's Roxy Pro in France, giving her enough points to clinch the overall title. Moore has reached the final heat in each of the six world tour events so far this season, winning three and placing second in the rest. "I dreamed of surfing at this level my whole life since I was a little kid and I don't think you can ever expect or anticipate the feeling," Moore said. "It is amazing. There is no place I would rather be right now." The final event of the season, the Nike US Open of Surfing, takes place August 1-6 at Huntington Beach, California.
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