Hawaii's Carissa Moore, 18, has won the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, the opening event of the 2011 Assn. of Surfing Professionals Women's World Tour season, beating Australia's Tyler Wright, 16, in an electric final at the primary venue of Snapper Rocks on Australia's Gold Coast.
Moore proved the form surfer of the event, consistently notching the highest scores in each round and surfing with unparalleled speed, power and progression.
"It’s been an amazing finish to the event and the waves were so good for us today," Moore said. "If I didn’t have priority and hadn’t dropped in on Tyler on that wave, then she probably would have gotten the score and won the heat. It’s been an incredible event for me and I’m excited for the year ahead."
Reigning four-time ASP women’s world champion Stephanie Gilmore, 23, who has consistently held the ASP No. 1 position since August 2008, finished an equal fifth in the tour standings after losing in the quarterfinals to fellow Australian Laura Enever.
"Laura and I went out with different game plans for that heat and hers obviously paid off," Gilmore said. "It’s disappointing, for sure, but she was surfing really well and things worked out for her. For me, this event was about trying to find my feet and I think I did a little bit. Hopefully I can recover a bit more between now and the next event."
The next stop on the ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach, April 19-25, in Victoria, Australia.
Roxy Pro Gold Coast final results:
1-Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.34
2-Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.37
Semifinal 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 17.53 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 11.84
Semifinal 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.00 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.50
Quarterfinal 1: Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.77 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 10.44
Quarterfinal 2: Laura Enever (AUS) 15.67 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.50
Quarterfinal 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 19.20 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 14.50
Quarterfinal 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 18.37 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 11.83
ASP Women's World Tour Top 5 (updated)
1. Carissa Moore (HAW) 10,000 points
2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 8,000 points
3. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 5,200 points
3. Laura Enever (AUS) 6,500 points
5. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 5,200 points
5. Silvana Lima (BRA) 5,200 points
5. Coco Ho (HAW) 5,200 points
5. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 5,200 points
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: Not only did Carissa Moore claim the Roxy Pro Gold Coast title, but also the ASP Women's World Tour No. 1 position. Credit: Kirstin Scholtz / ASP