Carissa Moore: with love, from Hawaii

Carissa Moore has won the Billabong GirlsRio Pro, in a hard-fought final against Sally Fitzgibbons, at Barra Da Tijuca. Moore and Fitzgibbons played an electric surfing show in two-to-four foot waves, but the young Hawaiian notched a solid 8.10 midway through the heat to secure her third elite event victory of 2011.

"I just went out there and had fun and to me there was no pressure in the final," Moore said. "I was just stoked to be in the final regardless of how I finished. Obviously I’m happy that I won. The girls really didn’t go on those lefts, but they worked out for me today."

Moore, who marched past local favorite Silvana Lima to earn her final berth, appeared in her fifth consecutive final out of the five events held this year and her victory at the Billabong Rio Pro extends her lead on the 2011 ASP Women’s World title season over current ASP Women’s World No. 2 Sally Fitzgibbons.

"I was really nervous that I wouldn’t make the final because I was up against Silvana (Lima) and she’s the local favorite," Moore said. "I’m excited. We have two events left and it’d be nice to just finish really strong."

Fitzgibbons was unable to find the score needed to surpass Moore in the final and continues to trail the Oahu prodigy for the 2011 ASP Women’s World title.

"It’s a long year and there are a couple of events to go and it has been great here competing in Rio for the first time," Fitzgibbons said. "Looking into the next few events it’s really going to be about stepping it up and having fun and focusing on my surfing. Hopefully I can get a few more results."

Moore and Fitzgibbons remain the only two surfers in contention for the 2011 ASP Women’s world title.

Stephanie Gilmore was knocked out of the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title race today, with her failure to advance past Fitzgibbons and into the final. This historic moment in women’s sport proved emotional for the Australian icon.

"I’m going through so many emotions right now, it’s hard," Gilmore said. "It’s been a pretty good year and Sally and Carissa (Moore) have been on fire. It’s good for the sport and good for me. I really don’t know what to say."

Silvana Lima put on an impressive performance in front of her hometown crowd to match her best result of 2011. "I’m so excited to have matched my best result in front of my home crowd," Lima said. "Of course I wanted to make the Final, but I’m so happy with my result and thanks to everyone for all of the support."

Billabong Rio Pro Final Results:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.87
2 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.80

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