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Yesterday Carissa Moore competed in her first heat at the Vans World Cup of surfing.
Up against the boys Carissa was pitted against Sunny Garcia (13.93) def Mitchel Coleborn (10.00), Carissa Moore (7.83) and Alain Riou (5.60). Unfortunatly, Carissa's heat was plagued with a lack of waves from the beginning and after a brief flurry of waves where Carissa posted her first scores, the surfers spent the rest of their heat waiting for a chance to post a score. The waves she did catch were impressive showing the crowd that she could stand her ground with the boys and given one of the waves that Sunny or Mitch got they would have been in trouble!
Can't wait to see her out there again and hopefully she gets another chance to ruffle the boys feathers in future competitions now she has points on the board it is just a matter of time before we see her in with the boys again.
Check out her heat here.
Check out this great video of Carissa leading up to her first competition with the boys at the Reef Hawaiian Pro last week at Haleiwa.
She did awesome, although she did not get through her first heat it was not due to her lack of skill or ability! It was all about getting the few good waves coming through and unfortunatly she was not able to get one to show the judges what she could do! Here is the footage from her heat.
Carissa is up again in the second competition of the Triple Crown, the Vans World Cup keep an eye out for her in Heat 14, Round of 96 - Watch it Live here
HONOLULU, Hawaii (November 10, 2011) - Assigning a coveted wildcard for the most prestigious men’s pro surfing series on Earth to a woman could be viewed as contentious, but not if that woman is reigning ASP world surfing champion Carissa Moore. After all, Carissa has been competing against the world’s best women since she was 11 years of age – about the same time she was competitively mixing it up with her male peers like John John Florence and Kolohe Andino in a bid to push her performance level higher.
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, which starts this Saturday*, has granted Moore wildcards into the $145,000 Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa (Nov. 12-23), and the $250,000 Vans Hawaiian Pro at Sunset Beach (Nov.25-Dec.6). She is the first woman in history to be given the honor. Each of these events will showcase the talents of more than 120 of the world’s leading male surfers… and the world’s best woman. It’s quite likely that Carissa will find herself shredding the waves and center-stage with old friends Florence and Andino again.
Before the ASP women’s World Tour hit its final stop in Huntington Beach California back in August, Moore had already been crowned world champ. She totally dominated the 5.5-month, 7-event tour with three wins and six finals to become Hawaii’s first female world champion in 30 years. She was also the youngest women’s world surfing champion in history at 18. Anyone who ever paid attention to her surfing knew it was coming, and sooner rather than later.
Carissa returned home from the tour in August to the news that there were no rated events to support the women’s Vans Triple Crown series this year, and therefore nowhere to perform for her home crowd. It was a true disappointment and a lost celebration for Vans, too. A tough economy and a slow period in the women’s surf market saw sponsors of the Hawaii events fall away. Vans offered to put on a paid series of three specialty events for a select group of ladies, but the women’s tour opted against it, stipulating rated events or nothing.
“It was 1981 when Hawaii’s last world champion, Margo Oberg, raised the trophy here – years before we ever had a women’s Triple Crown,” says Vans Triple Crown Executive Director, Randy Rarick. “This was to be Carissa’s year… Hawaii’s year… and it was devastating for us to realize that there would be no stage for her. So after the ladies declined the specialty series, we realized our last card was a wildcard, and we were truly ecstatic to make that genuine offer to Carissa.”
With wisdom and wits to match her talent on the waves, Moore is aware of the double-edged sword she has been handed:
“Everyone will have a different perspective and I’ve definitely heard some mixed reviews,” says Moore of the talk about her wildcard. “But I’m excited and looking forward to it and hopefully that shows. I want to drive home that if there were events for the girls, I wouldn’t be surfing in the guys events. But I think if a woman can (compete with the men) in a very respectful way, then it’s appropriate. And if Kelly (Slater) would like to surf in one of our events, we’d welcome him,” she says with a smile.
“I don’t mind if I lose out there at Sunset or Haleiwa in a heat, I just want to surf there. I won the world title but I won it away from home and would love to have finished it here. The waves in Hawaii bring a different element to your surfing. You have to step it up with the different variables and bigger waves. I’m just excited to surf in front of a home crowd.
“These opportunities to surf with the best surfers are really important. That’s how our sport evolves – by watching and being inspired by your peers. I love the challenge of surfing, of riding a wave and pushing yourself. It’s important as an athlete to be in that environment, to strive to be better.
“It will definitely be cool to share waves with some of the guys I surfed with from our mini grom days – John John (Florence), Kolohe (Andino), and all those guys who I’ve looked up to since I was little.”
And if you think she’s going to be out of her league, think again. At 12 years of age, in a post-heat interview at Haleiwa during the women’s Triple Crown of 2004, after losing to some of the world’s best women of the time, she was far from daunted:
“I’m only 12, I’ve got more years to keep trying,” she said, still visibly disappointed in herself for losing. “It wasn’t that different to other contests really, the girls were just bigger.”
Perhaps it won’t be Carissa who will be nervous next week…
From: ASP International
LA GRANDE PLAGE, Biarritz/France (Friday, July 15, 2011) – Carissa Moore (HAW), 18, has just made ASP history as the youngest ever ASP Women’s World Champion, clinching her maiden title today at the Roxy Pro Biarritz.
“I dreamed of surfing at this level my whole life since I was a little kid and I don’t think you can ever expect or anticipate the feeling,” Moore said. “It is amazing. There is no place I would rather be right now.”
The clinching came when then-reigning four-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 23, dispatched of the remaining title contender Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), 20, in the Semifinals of competition.
“I’m not really feeling anything right now I am just so happy,” Moore said. “It was really stressful watching that last heat and I was trying to just listen to my songs and zone out. It is kind of weird to win on the beach. I have always visualized and imagined winning the Final or a heat and coming in and winning but I’m so happy and excited. I have been thinking about this for a long time since I was a little girl and just to be here right now and being world champ is pretty crazy.”
In only her second year competing amongst the world’s best, Moore has had a stellar run, making the Finals in every event thus far and scalping three wins along the way.
“I have had this goal written on my door and it has been waiting there for a long time to be ticked off so I can’t wait to go home and cross it out,” Moore said.
2011 ASP Women’s World Tour Results:
Roxy Pro Gold Coast: WIN
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach: Runner-Up
Subaru Pro TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival New Zealand: Runner-Up
Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic: WIN
Billabong Rio Pro: WIN
Roxy Pro Biarritz: Runner-Up
Nike US Open of Surfing: TBD
This year’s stellar run set another record for the youngster as the only ASP World Champion in history to make the Finals in every event this season, and sees Moore as the first Hawaiian ASP Women’s World Champion since Margo Oberg (HAW) in 1981.
“I definitely first and foremost want to thank my little sister Cayla, thank you so much,” Moore said. “I wouldn’t be here without you. There are way too many people to thank but my Dad, he has been here every step of the way and I could not have done this without him. It is so much sweeter having him part of my team. I want to thank my sponsors Nike, Target and Red Bull I couldn’t do it without them. My family, my uncles and aunts and my grandparents.”
The next and final stop on the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title season will be the Nike US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach from August 1 – 6, 2011.
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
What an amazing week at the Roxy Pro Biarritz. Team Roxy enjoyed everything there was to enjoy about the quaint French town and surfed and swam their hearts out! Lily Wood and the Prick and the Sounds played a free concert for the town and over 6,000 people came to boogie down!
Team rider Jennifer Smith finished Runner-up on the World Longboard Event as she took down her fellow team rider Kassia Meador in the semi-final in 2-3 foot surf at the Cote d’ Basques.
For some other exciting highlights straight from the ROXY PRO in Biarritz, France take a peek at these ROXY PRO PODCASTS:
Check out this ROXY ART backstage clip and fall in love with the world of Surf throughout the generations. (pretty cool stuff!)
Wishing ROXY a very HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY is Lisa Andersen in this short clip (HAPPY BIRTDHAY ROXY)!
For some silly clips of the surfers (produced by LeeAnn and friends) have a look at the ROXY PRO X-TRAS
Last but not least, we’d like to share a big congratulations to Carissa Moore, who was crowned the 2011 Women’s World Champion during the event!
Cant wait until next year!