Gerroa's Sally Fitzgibbons' late season surge resulted in her denying close friend and former South Coast surfer Tyler Wright a world title.
Matched against Hawaiian Carissa Moore in Saturday's final of the EDP Cascais Girls Pro in Portugal, Fitzgibbons had to settle for second after she was outscored 10.44 to 9.70.
The South Coast glamour girl finished the season in third spot on 52,200 points behind newly-crowned champion Moore (59,500) and fellow Aussie Tyler Wright (55,700).
A winner in the season's penultimate event the previous week in France, Fitzgibbons was determined to end 2013 with back-to-back triumphs.
She ruined Wright's hopes of a maiden world crown with a quarter-final victory over the 19-year-old earlier in the day. Her good form continued with a win over Hawaii's Coco Ho in the semi-finals but was unable to overcome Moore, who had clinched the championship after Wright was knocked out.
A three-time runner-up on the tour, Fitzgibbons must be wondering if she will ever capture a world title.
If the 22-year-old from Gerroa was hurting inside after Saturday's final, she masked it well.
"Big day for women's sport and a big finish to the season," Fitzgibbons said.
"Shame the conditions deteriorated for the final but congrats to Carissa - she has been really impressive all year.
"[I'm] very happy with a strong finish to the year and I'm looking forward to next season with the huge commitment to women's surfing from the ASP. It's exciting times ahead."
Fitzgibbons was runner-up when Moore won her first world crown in 2011.
"Sally is such a strong opponent and I knew she was hungry for another win after last week in France," the 21-year-old from Honolulu said.
"I was still riding the high of clinching the world title. I think that momentum helped me push through in the end.
"It's been an incredible day for me though and an incredible year for the girls on tour.
"There are bigger and better things coming in 2014."