Carissa Moore has staked an early claim to the 2011 ASP Women's World Tour title, grabbing the win at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast in Australia to kick off the season.
The competition venue of Snapper Rocks on Australia's Gold Coast produced the goods for the final day of women’s competition, as the world’s best female surfers collectively announced a new standard of high-performance wave-riding.
“It’s been an amazing finish to the event and the waves were so good for us today,” Moore said after an electric final with 16-year-old Tyler Wright. “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.”
The young Hawaiian’s victory, the fourth elite win of her career, can be taken as a fierce declaration of her plans for the year, as she clearly eyes up her maiden ASP World Title.
“It’s still early in the season but the ASP Women’s World Title is definitely a goal,” Moore said. “I’m just happy to be surfing the way I am and getting results. I’m riding a Mayhem Matt Biolis shape. It’s a 5’ 9” and I love it; it’s kind of a magic board, so I’m stoked. Luckily I have a couple just like it so I’m trying to take care of them.”
Now sitting in the driver’s seat in the hunt for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title, Moore's looking forward to the next event.
“All the girls are surfing amazingly and we really saw it at this event,” Moore said. “It’s going to be an exciting year on tour. I just can’t wait to see what happens.”
Fellow Red Bull surfer and 2010 ASP Women’s World Runner-Up Sally Fitzgibbons was part of the select few to consistently break the boundaries of women’s surfing at the event, but the young natural-footer couldn’t stop a rampaging Moore in their semi-final clash.
“It's always disappointing coming up short in a contest," Fitzgibbons said. "I'm happy with the way I'm surfing, but it just didn't go my way in the semi-finals. It’s been a great off-season though. I had a month at home and you can’t complain about that. Just have to buckle down and focus on the next one."