HAWAIIAN surfer Carissa Moore is the new queen of Snapper Rocks, surging to victory over Aussie rookie Tyler Wright (Lennox Head, NSW) in today’s final of the Roxy Pro presented by Land Rover on the Gold Coast.
After first rocketing to stardom when she made the final of the Roxy Pro as a 14-year-old wildcard back in 2007, Moore returned to where it all began and surfed away with the ultimate prize.
The 18-year-old now moves to No.1 on the ASP Women’s World Tour rankings, ending more than two years of dominance by four-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore, who had owned top spot since August 2008.
Moore said she has always wanted victory at Snapper Rocks.
In a breakthrough day for women’s surfing, massive scores and cutting edge manoeuvres dominated the final day and young Moore reigned supreme. Moore posted a combined two-wave score of 15.34 to 16-year-old Wright (Lennox Head, NSW) in the decider with 14.37.
The final reached fever pitch when Moore used her priority to spoil what would have been a near certain perfect 10-point barrel ride for Wright and ultimately seal the win.
The victory is Moore’s fourth on the ASP World Tour, including wins in New Zealand and Portugal last season en route to finishing the year No.3 in the rankings.
For rising star Wright, a second-place finish in her first event as a full-time competitor on the World Tour was beyond her wildest dreams.
Earlier in the day, top seed Gilmore showed tremendous heart to advance all the way to the quarterfinals, but her fairytale comeback did not eventuate. Competing in her first contest since she was assaulted at her Tweed Heads home last December, Gilmore was the sentimental favourite to win the event.
But the three-time Roxy Pro champion was stopped in her tracks by Sydney rookie Laura Enever (Aus), who turned in a red-hot performance to cause a massive upset.
Gimore said defeat was hard and put it down to mental stress rather than to the fractured wrist.
Showing the style that led her to a world pro junior title, Enever finished with a combined score of 15.67 compared to Gilmore with 12.50.
Roxy Pro Gold Coast Video Highlights
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST FINAL RESULTS
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.34
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.37
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.53 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 11.84
SF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.00 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.50
ROXY PRO GOLD COAST QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.77 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 10.44
QF 2: Laura Enever (AUS) 15.67 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.50
QF 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 19.20 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 14.50
QF 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 18.37 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 11.83
ASP WOMEN’S WORLD TITLE TOP 5
(After Roxy Pro Gold Coast)
- Carissa Moore (HAW) 10,000
- Tyler Wright (AUS) 8,000 points
- Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 5,200 points
- Laura Enever (AUS) 6,500 points
- Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 5,200 points
- Silvana Lima (BRA) 5,200 points
- Coco Ho (HAW) 5,200 points
- Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 5,200 points