The crowds flocked to Long Beach on the Cape Peninsula to witness a South African win on home soil for the first time as part of the O'Neill Cold Water Classic South Africa, cheering Greg's every wave from the shore.
"The crowd all want you to win so if you lose you feel like you've let them down," said Greg who also knocked out the in-form surfer of this event Shaun Cansdell in the quarter finals earlier in the day.
The local crowd might even have been hoping for an all-South African final, but it was Australian Dion Atkinson who mixed things up and gave everyone on the beach a scare as it came down to a final wave in the dying minutes for Greg Emslie to take and secure the win.
"I felt the best I've felt all contest when I took that last wave," said Greg. "I knew I just had to go for it and I did."