Carissa Moore Wins Rip Curl Women’s Pro Portugal

Carissa was surfing the hell out of these lefts at Lagide all week. Photo: Dorsey

Carissa was surfing the hell out of these lefts at Lagide all week. Photo: Dorsey

Carissa hoisting her second World Tour trophy—she'll be hoisting lots more of these in the years to come. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

Carissa hoisting her second World Tour trophy—she'll be hoisting lots more of these in the years to come. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

Carissa Moore dominated the entire event. No one except Sally Fitzgibbons even came close to putting up the heat scores Carissa was: 17.66, 17.44, 17.00 were just a few of them. The 17.44 was what she put up in the final against Steph Gilmore, the reigning 3x Women’s World Champ. And Carissa more than doubled Steph’s score (8.60). With focus now entirely on the tour with finishing school, the women are in for some trouble as Carissa now sits fifth in the ratings. Steph, and everyone in between her and Carissa, would have to have a total meltdown in the last two events for Carissa to be a World Title threat this year, but it’s obvious that in the years ahead Carissa is going to win a few of them. Congrats on your second tour victory Carissa!—Ryan Brower

The scene at the backup site at Lagide. Photo: Dorsey

The scene at the backup site at Lagide. Photo: Dorsey

Carissa. Photo: Dorsey

Carissa. Photo: Dorsey

Steph surfed solid the entire event except in the final. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

Steph surfed solid the entire event except in the final. Photo courtesy ASP/Scholtz

RIP CURL WOMEN'S PRO PORTUGAL FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.44
2 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 8.60
RIP CURL WOMEN'S PRO PORTUGAL SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1:Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.93 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 8.80
SF 2:Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.66 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 8.50
RIP CURL WOMEN'S PRO PORTUGAL QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 12.17 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 6.40
QF 2:Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.34 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.17
QF 3:Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.10 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.33
QF 4:Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 12.00 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.10
ASP WOMEN'S WORLD TITLE RACE TOP 5 (After Rip Curl Pro Portugal):
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 5688 pts
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 4776 pts
3. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 4344 pts
4. Silvana Lima (BRA) 4164 pts
5. Carissa Moore (HAW) 3852 pts

With school all finished up Carissa can now solely focus on the tour. That's a dangerous thing for all the other women. Photo: Dorsey

With school all finished up Carissa can now solely focus on the tour. That's a dangerous thing for all the other women. Photo: Dorsey

Carissa blasting another top off one of these lefts. Photo: Dorsey

Carissa blasting another top off one of these lefts. Photo: Dorsey

Carissa getting a congratulations from friend Bethany Hamilton. Photo: Dorsey

Carissa getting a congratulations from friend Bethany Hamilton. Photo: Dorsey

Though she didn't win, Steph still extended her lead in the ratings en route to a potential fourth World Title in a row. Photo: Dorsey

Though she didn't win, Steph still extended her lead in the ratings en route to a potential fourth World Title in a row. Photo: Dorsey

Carissa, all smiles. Photo: Dorsey

Carissa, all smiles. Photo: Dorsey

Steph realizing that these World Titles aren't going to be as easy as they've been for much longer... Photo: Dorsey

Steph realizing that these World Titles aren't going to be as easy as they've been for much longer... Photo: Dorsey

Carissa and Bethany. Congrats Carissa! Photo: Dorsey

Carissa and Bethany. Congrats Carissa! Photo: Dorsey


Head to the next page for the ASP Press Release.

LAGIDE, Peniche/Portugal (Saturday, October 9, 2010) –Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, 2010 ASP Women's World Tour rookie, has claimed her second career victory today, taking out the Rip Curl Women's Pro Portugal over reigning three-time ASP Women's World Champion and current ASP Women's World No. 1, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 22, in offshore six-to-eight-foot (2.5 metre) waves at the backup venue of Lagide.
The young Hawaiian was the dominant surfer from the outset of the event, consistently notching up the highest heat and wave scores of the round, and continued her backhand decimation with an excellent 17.44 out of a possible 20 in the Final.
"I'm really excited – my breath is taken away at the moment," Moore said. "I've just been trying to take it heat by heat and not think about it who I'm coming up against all event, and focusing on my surfing each heat. I didn't have too much time to think about it between the Semis and Final. The waves were so good so we had a quick turnaround, but once I was out there and I was looking at Steph (Gilmore), I was thinking, 'wow, I'm in the Final with Steph right now.'"
The prodigious natural-footer had no easy path to her Final with Gilmore this afternoon, having to advance past Australians Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 19, and Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), 27, in her Quarterfinals and Semifinals respectively.
"Sally (Fitzgibbons) and I have had great match-ups all year and she has been surfing so well all event so I definitely felt a bit of relief after getting through that Quarterfinal," Moore said. "Not to discount Claire (Bevilacqua) or Steph (Gilmore), but that Quarterfinal win gave me a bit of confidence for sure."
Today's victory rockets the rookie sensation from 8th to 5th on the ASP Women's World Title Race rankings. Having missed the last event in Peru to attend her high school graduation, Moore is now 100% focused on the ASP Women's World Tour and has announced herself as a major force amongst the women's elite.
"I don't have any excuses now without school anymore," Moore said. "It's great to have that extra time to dedicate to surfing and training. I'm stoked to be where I'm at right now. I've never been to Puerto Rico before. Each event is a new chance and a clean slate. I've heard they have some really fun waves and I can't wait to get there."
Gilmore's Runner-Up finish solidifies her position as the frontrunner in the hunt for a fourth, consecutive ASP Women's World Title. The iconic natural-footer now only needs to secure an Equal 3rd to clinch the title in Puerto Rico.
"The waves here in Peniche are always so much fun," Gilmore said. "I'm sorry I couldn't put on more of a show out there, but Carissa (Moore) showed everyone how much fun it can be out there. I'm very happy with a Runner-Up finish and I'm looking forward to the next event."
Claire Bevilacqua (AUS), 27, secured a career-best result today, posting an Equal 3rd at the Rip Curl Women's Pro Portugal and moving from 13th to 11th on the ASP Women's World Title Race rankings.
"Just happy with the result," Bevilacqua said. "I'm stoked I can hang around and enjoy Portugal for a few days and not worry about the contest. I'm staying at a beautiful place and I'm happy to be here."
Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 27, former ASP Women's World Champion, was the other form surfer to post an Equal 3rd in Portugal, moving from 4th to 3rd amongst the women's world elite.
Highlights from the Rip Curl Women's Pro Portugal will be available via http://live.ripcurl.com
High quality “Daily Highlight” video edits available for download at:
The next stop on the 2010 ASP Women's World Tour is the Rip Curl Pro Search in Puerto Rico from October 31 through November 4, 2010.
While the ASP Top 17 have completed their time in Europe, the world's best surfers, the ASP Top 34, have yet to commence competition at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, and event organizers will reconvene tomorrow at 8am to assess conditions for a possible 8:30am start.
Magicseaweed, official forecasters for the Rip Curl Pro Portugal, are calling for a massive swell system to move into the region in the next 24 hours, with seas up to 20 feet (7 metres).
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
RIP CURL WOMEN'S PRO PORTUGAL FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.44
2 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 8.60
RIP CURL WOMEN'S PRO PORTUGAL SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
SF 1:Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.93 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 8.80
SF 2:Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.66 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 8.50
RIP CURL WOMEN'S PRO PORTUGAL QUARTERFINAL RESULTS:
QF 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 12.17 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 6.40
QF 2:Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.34 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.17
QF 3:Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.10 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.33
QF 4:Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 12.00 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.10
ASP WOMEN'S WORLD TITLE RACE TOP 5 (After Rip Curl Pro Portugal):
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 5688 pts
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 4776 pts
3. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 4344 pts
4. Silvana Lima (BRA) 4164 pts
5. Carissa Moore (HAW) 3852 pts