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Reef Hawaiian Pro
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ASP 6-Star Prime WQS Women's Event
Alii Beach Haleiwa Oahu Hawaii
12 - 23 November 2008
Carrissa Moore is Youngest Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Event Champion in History
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 20 November, 2008 : - - Haleiwa -- The 2008 Reef Hawaiian Pro was always going to be about the new guard of women's surfing from the opening heat of competition. Today, Haleiwa crowned it's youngest ever Vans Triple Crown of Surfing event champion in 16-year-old Carissa Moore (Honolulu).
Moore won her way through every round of the competition from the preliminary trials heat that awarded one wildcard spot into the event. She now leads the 2008 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing series ratings.
Three teenagers and a 36-year-old, 7-time world champion featured in the 30-minute final. Moore won, multiple world champ Layne Beachley (Manly, Australia) was second, 17-year-old Laura Enever (Narrabeen, Australia) was third, and North Shore local Coco Ho, 17, was fourth.
Haleiwa's Ali'i Beach Park offered up clean and highly contestabe 4-5 foot surf for the women's final day of action, with left-handers the order of the day. While Moore's rise to the win came with calm, sure-footedness, there was no shortage of drama around her to help pave the road to victory.
Carissa Moore : photo ASP Rowland/Covered Images
First came the fourth place elimination of reigning world champion Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) in quarter final one. Next came the quarter final defeat of Alana Blanchard (Hawaii), who was hoping for a final finish today to guarantee her qualification onto the 2009 ASP women's World Tour.
In the final, 17-year-old Coco Ho was at the center of drama. A win here would have guaranteed Ho a start on the 2009 elite World Tour, but after finding herself in fourth for most of the heat, her focus shifted to securing the win for Moore. With less than a minute remaining, Beachley was in need of little more than six points to steal the win from Moore.
Ho took off, dropping in on Beachley, popping an air above her head and effectively shutting down Layne's scoring potential in a classic case of schoolgirl tactics. While it will never be known if Layne would have earned the score she needed to win, its indisputable that Moore earned the victory on the merits of her surfing alone.
"It was my dream to one day win out here and I'm really happy," said Moore. "I was just praying that Layne wouldn't get one. I was really thankful that Coco ended up getting that one. I'm definitely thankful that she is one of my best friends. "It was an honor to be in that heat with all those girls. It was so close [of a heat] with Layne. And then my really good friends Laura and Coco were surfing really well the entire event."
Coco Ho : photo ASP Kirstin/Covered Images
As with all the ups and downs of Layne's 19-year career, she took today's encounter in her stride. "It was pretty good Hawaiian teamwork," said Beachley. "I'm sure if Coco kicked out of that wave I could have still hit the lip, but as I was bottom-turning I saw Coco go for an air. And, well, that just ruins any chance of doing anything. That's what happens here in Hawai'i. "Also, getting off to a slow start put extra pressure on me."
For Enever, third place in her maiden Hawaii season was a solid result, but news that she had won the ASP Rookie of the Year Award topped off an incredible birthday week. She is also on track to win the Vans Triple Crown NoseGuard Rookie of the Year award.
"It's a dream, I wasn't even expecting to be in this event then I found out just a few days before that I got in," said Enever. "I've just been making heats and having a go. It's been the birthday of my life to surf epic Haleiwa and now get in the final with my two friends. I'm stoked."
As the final ASP women's World Qualifying Series (WQS) event of the year, all eyes will now shift to the next two stops on the Vans Triple Crown to determine the final lineup for the 2009 women's ASP World Tour: the Roxy Pro (Nov.24-Dec.6) and the Billabong Pro Maui (Dec. 8-20).
The top 6 women on the WQS ratings qualify for the elite World Tour, but at this time, there are three ladies in the WQS top 6 who might still be able to qualify through their 2008 World Tour performances in the upcoming events, thus potentially freeing up spots for Paige Hareb (NZ), Blanchard and Ho to officially qualify. (Moore did not compete on the WQS this year.)
Layne Beachley : photo ASP Kirstin/Covered Images
The men's round of 64 ran through to heat 13 today, and there was no shortage of upsets there either, especially given the pressure of 4-man heats, qualification points on the line, and relatively small surf for Hawaii standards. Hawaii's highest ranked pro on tour, Fred Patacchia, went down, though retiring Pancho Sullivan advanced through the same heat. 2007 world champion Mick Fanning also lost heavily in his opening heat of the event.
One full day of competition remains at the men's Reef Hawaiian Pro and organizers expect the final day to be either tomorrow, or Saturday. To examine surf updates for the coming days, visit official forecasters Wetsand.com .
The $815,000 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing consists of the Reef Hawaiian Pro, Haleiwa, Nov. 12-23 (6* WQS, men and women), the O'Neill World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach, Nov.24-Dec.6 (6*WQS men), The Roxy Pro, Sunset Beach, Nov.24-Dec.6 (WCT women), the Billabong Pipeline Masters (men), Pipeline, Dec. 8-20 (WCT); and the Billabong Pro Maui (women), Honolua Bay, Maui, Dec. 8-20 (WCT).
In addition to $815,000 in prize money, which includes a $10,000 bonus for both the men's and women's Vans Triple Crown champions, the men's champion will also receive a custom, one-of-a-kind Nixon tide watch featuring over two-carats of diamonds and valued at over $10,000.
Rebecca Woods : photo ASP Kirstin/Covered Images
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TODAY'S RESULTS Surfers listed in order of 1st through 4th.
WOMEN'S FINAL Final scoreline out of 20 points based on each surfer's top 2 rides.
1st. Carisssa Moore (HI) - 14.5 (8.17 & 6.33) - $4,500
2nd. Layne Beachley (Aus) - 10.93 (7.83 & 3.1) - $2,500
3rd. Laura Enever (Aus) - 9.4 (5.5 & 3.9) - $2,100
4th. Coco Ho (HI) - 4.75 (3.33 & 2.83) - $1,900
H1: Coco Ho (HI), Laura Enever (Aus), Melanie Bartels (HI), Claire Bevilacqua (Aus)
H2: Carissa Moore (HI), Layne Beachley (Aus), Rosanne Hodge (ZAf), Rebecca Woods (Aus)
WOMEN'S QUARTER FINALS:
H1: Claire Bevilacqua (Aus), Melanie Bartels (HI), Bruna Schmitz (Brz), Stephanie Gilmore (Aus)
H2: Coco Ho (HI), Laura Enever (Aus), Courtney Conlogue (CA), Samantha Cornish (Aus)
H3: Layne Beachley (Aus), Rebecca Woods (Aus), Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus), Kyla Langen (CA)
H4: Carissa Moore (HI), Rosanne Hodge (SAfr), Silvana Lima (Brz), Alana Blanchard (HI)
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Men's Round of 64:
H1: Brett Simpson (CA), Tonino Benson (HI), Yadin Nicol (aus), Mick Fanning (Aus)
H2: Greg Emslie (SAf), Pancho Sullivan (HI), Flynn Novak (HI), Fred Patacchia Jr. (HI)
H3: Nic Muscroft (Aus), Kekoa Cazimero (HI), Marcelo Trekinho (Brz), David Weare (SAf)
H4: Kekoa Bacalso (HI), Jay Thompson (Aus), CJ Hobgood (FL), Nathan Hedge (Aus)
H5: Michel Bourez (PYF), Kai Otton (Aus), Mike Losness (CA), Daniel Ross (Aus)
H6: Kieren Perrow (Aus), Sunny Garcia (HI), Tom Whitaker (Aus), Hizunome Bettero (Brz)
H7: Gabe Kling (USA), Joel Centeio (HI), Chris Davidson (Aus), TJ Barron (HI)
H8: Evan Valiere (HI), Taj Burrow (Aus), Sean Moody (HI), Jarrad Howse (Aus)
H9: Roy Powers (HI), Bede Durbidge (Aus), Luke Munro (Aus), Peter Mel (CA)
H10: Dusty Payne (HI), Makua Rothman (HI), Nathaniel Curran (CA), Josh Kerr (Aus)
Carissa Moore : photo ASP Kirstin/Covered Images
2009 Womens WQS Possible Top 6 Qualifiers for the Women's Tour
Final ASP Women's WQS Standings after Reef Hawaiian Pro
1. Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus)
2. Rebecca Woods (Aus) * currently double-qualifying
3. Rosanne Hodge (SAfrica)
4. Silvana Lima (Brazil) * currently double-qualifying
5. Jessi Miley-Dyer (Aus) * currently double-qualifying
6. Bruna Schmitz (Brazil)
7. Paige Hareb (NZ)
8. Jacqueline Silva (Brazil) * qualifying through the World Tour
9. Alana Blanchard (Hawaii)
10. Stephanie Gilmore (Aust) * qualifying through the World Tour
11. Coco Ho (Hawaii)
The Top 6 are guaranteed in for 2009. On the Womens Tour these girls are double qualified as of now. Rebecca Woods 7th Silvana Lima 4th Jessi Miley-Dyer 10th Jacqueline Silva 8th.
This means that as of now assuming these girls stay in the Top 10 of the WCT that Sally, Rosanne, Bruna, Paige, Alana and Coco are the Top 6. Should one drop out then Coco misses out, two drop out then Alana and Coco drop etc. Should Rosanne Hodge jump up from 13th on the Womens Tour to the Top 10 then and the others all stay Top 10 then Laurina McGrath could become the 6th qualifier.
ASP WQS Rookie of the Year:
Laura Enever (Australia)
The current top 50 are shown below:
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Event Sponsors: REEF, O'NEILL, ROXY, BILLABONG
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