Carissa Moore wins Margaret River Pro
In clean, contestable four-foot waves, Carissa Moore's powerful and progressive surfing led her to her second consecutive win at Margaret River. The 21-year-old now sits atop the ASP Women's World Tour rankings alongside Stephanie Gilmore and is in prime position to defend her 2013 world title.
Tyler Wright finished runner-up to Moore for the second consecutive year, telling the ASP that she's "pretty happy with how that all went." Still, look for this rivalry to continue at Bells Beach next week.
Carissa Moore, Tyler Wright
A satisfied Wright and ASP Deputy Commissioner Jessi Miley-Dyer cheer on an ecstatic Moore after her win at the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro on Sunday.
Aussie Sally Fitzgibbons put in another good showing at Margaret River, but again came up short on the final day. After an equal third finish she will no doubt be looking for to hopefully make the final at the upcoming Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
Five-time ASP Women's World Champion and current world number one Steph Gilmore flashed her signature "Happy" Gilmore smile as she advanced into the semifinals of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro. After losing to Moore in the semis the two women are now tied atop the ASP ratings.
"I was really happy to get a nine," Carissa Moore told the ASP on Saturday. "I found a bigger wave and I was able to really push my turns. The semifinal match-up with Stephanie (Gilmore) will be a good one, but either way I'm just really pleased to have another chance to surf against her. She got the better of me back on the Gold Coast so I'd love to get her at this event."
Laura Enever narrowly defeated Hawaiian rookie Alessa Quizon and New Zealands Paige Hareb in Rounds 2 and 4, respectively, before finally falling to fellow Aussie Tyler Wright in the quarterfinals. Enever would finish equal fifth.
Surfers Point in Prevelly, Western Australia, is an interesting break. It's a reef break that's so far out competitors tie spare boards to a buoy so that they don't have to use up half the time on the clock paddling in for a replacement. A "board breaker," it may look slow, but it can be pretty harsh.
Malia Manuel was on point all the way up through the quarterfinals before she can into her longtime friend from Hawaii, Carissa Moore. While not posting the scores she needed to beat the reigning world champ, the result was a good one.
"I'm so much more relaxed now," said South Africa's Bianca Buitendag. "I'm normally the one struggling but it feels so effortless this year. I don't know why, but I think it's experience and being relaxed with the position I'm in. I'm feeling more comfortable and getting used to everyone and the way they all surf." Buitendag finished equal fifth after matching up against Sally Fitzgibbons in the quarterfinals.
Besides the cold water, Hawaiian typically feel at home in the powerful surf of Western Australia, and Coco Ho's always taken full advantage of the opportunity. When the waves turned on for Round 3 so did Ho.
Kiwi goofy-footer and 2008 Margies Pro winner, Paige Hareb, fully committed. Surfing strong the entire event, she came up short in the round before the quarterfinals to place equal ninth at this year's event.