Carissa Moore: in top shape

The Hawaiian surfer Carissa Moore, 18, has won 2011 Roxy Pro Gold Coast, the opening round of the 2011 ASP Women's World Tour, in Australia. In a very young final, the waves surfed by the eldest beated local hero Tyler Wright, 16, at the primary venue of Snapper Rocks.

Consistent waves pumped the nerves of the best female surfers in the world. Moore showed she was definitely the best surfer of the event, notching the highest scores with unparalleled speed, power and surfing 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 (Wright) 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 today, her fourth elite win of her career, can be taken as a fierce declaration of her plans for the year, clearly eyeing her maiden ASP Women’s 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.”

Wright, who is into her first full year as an ASP Women’s World Title campaigner, blew people away with her performances throughout the Roxy Pro Gold Coast, and came up just shy of taking down the event.

“In every heat I think you can learn something, pull something out of it that’s positive,” Wright said. “I won’t change too much, I’ll do my own thing and hopefully I can catch a couple of waves. We’ve got snapper with only one other person out and I love this wave. Congrats to Carissa (Moore) – she surfed amazing. It was incredible to be out there in waves like that and I can’t wait for the rest of the season.”

The next stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season will be the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach in Victoria from April 19 – 25, 2011.

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