Carissa Moore: fine tuned brakes

Carissa Moore has returned to the podium in great style by conquering Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic, at Dee Why Point, Sydney, Australia. Moore took the richest event on the ASP Women’s World Tour in clean one-meter waves after defeating the 2004 ASP Women’s World Champion Sofia Mulanovich, from Peru.

"I’m really, really happy, I’ve been fired up ever since the last two events with Sally (Fitzgibbons) and I’m just super excited I was able to come out on top this time," Moore said. The surfer chose the best waves and clawed her way back into the lead in the dying minutes of the final, with an overall score of 15.60 against 14.60.

"I was really excited to make another final and it was refreshing to have a Sofia as an opponent," Moore said. "She was leading for most of the heat and I was kind of nervous out there." Moore’s victory sees her a healthy 3350 points ahead of closest rival Sally Fitzgibbons on the ASP World Title rankings.

"I’m trying to not think about the World Title too much, I know that there are a lot of girls within range, so I’m just going to keep my head down and have fun."

Mulanovich had eliminated ASP rankings leader coming into the event, Sally Fitzgibbons, in their dramatic Semifinal clash, before placing runner-up to Moore in the Final. "I haven’t been on the podium for awhile and I’m just stoked to be here, it feels amazing,^" Mulanovich said. "Carissa is an amazing surfer and she’s really hard to beat although I was beating her for awhile out there, I surprised myself."

Fitzgibbons suffered a shock elimination during the Semifinals, citing poor wave-selection her downfall against Mulanovich that cost her, her Final berth as well as the ASP World No. 1 spot. "I can’t be disappointed with a third place but I think the waves weren’t in my favour, I just didn’t quite find my rhythm," Fitzgibbons said. "Some days you have it like in Bells and New Zealand and some days you don’t and today I just wasn’t quite there."

Three time defending event champion and four times ASP Women's World Champion Stephanie Gilmore equaled her best result of the season, placing equal third after being narrowly eliminated by Moore with 16.00 to Moore’s 16.50 heat total, in their semifinal decider.

"Third place is definitely frustrating, it’s an ok result but it’s not quite enough to satisfy me anyway," Gilmore said. "I felt like I was surfing really good but it just came down to wave selection. Carissa got such a good start and I think I got a little too relaxed when I got a really high score and let my guard down."

Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic Final Results:
Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.60 def Sofia Mulnovich (PER) 14.60