Carissa Moore & Tyler Wright © ASP/Robertson
Drug Aware Pro
ASP Men’s Prime Event
ASP Women’s WCT Event
Surfers Point, Margaret River, Western Australia
16 – 24 March, 2013
Carissa Moore Claims Victory at Women's WCT Drug Aware Margaret River Pro
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 March, 2013 : - - Hawaiian star Carissa Moore has won a drama packed Final at the Women’s WCT Drug Aware Margaret River Pro at Surfer’s Point this afternoon. The 2011 ASP World Champion held on to beat current WCT leader Tyler Wright in tricky 6 foot plus conditions driven by an unpredictable swell.
Both women started the final in dramatic style when they were cleaned up by a rogue set that hit Mainbreak. It was the second pounding within an hour for Wright after she took an axing on the inside reef half way through her Semifinal win earlier in the day, badly injuring her right leg.
Wright seemed hampered by her injury in the final, with the early clean up making her situation even worse. She failed to catch a scoring wave in the first twenty minutes, compared to Moore who managed to avoid the huge sets and find two scores, punctuated by a 7.67 top ranking wave.
In the last six minutes of the final Wright finally found a scoring wave, grabbing a 6.17 ride which bought her back into the lineup with three minutes remaining. Needing a 4.84 to claim the win, Wright desperately searched for one more wave to help her stay in the game.
Carissa Moore © ASP/Robertson
A massive eight foot plus set of four waves dragged both surfers into the shore, destroying any chance Wright had of a late upset. “I felt good out there. It was maybe an anticlimactic final with not a lot of waves but I am really stoked to come away with the win,” an emotional Moore said after exiting the water. “Those sets, it was tough to time it, we got swept in by the big waves and we took a beating.”
Moore was in tears as she made her way to the podium to collect the winners cheque, knowing she is now well placed against her leading rivals for a chance at another World Title. “(The World Title) is a marathon, not a sprint. This result can only build my confidence going into Bells. It is interesting and looks like it is going to be really tight for the title race.”
The second placing for Wright at Margaret River is another great result after she won the season starting Roxy Pro at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast. “I got absolutely smoked. The conditions were trickier than I had ever surfed (Margaret River). The swell could not make up its mind, it was bombing out the back, then inside ones and then bombing again,” laughed a philosophical Wright shortly after the final.
“I wasn’t really restricted, I just couldn’t get the right waves. At the end, the first one I looked at and the one I missed, and then I just got smashed.”
Tyler Wright © ASP/Robertson
The results from Margaret River pave the way for an interesting lead up for the 2013 World Title which reaches its third stop at Bells Beach, Victoria next week. Wright remains in the lead after her opening win on the Gold Coast, with Moore jumping to second after her win at Margaret River. Sally Fitzgibbons finds herself in third place with reigning World Champion Stephanie Gilmore close behind in fourth.
Earlier in the day, Moore won her way into the final with a dominant win over Gilmore. The Hawaiian is establishing a strong record against the five-time champ, being the only surfer to take a world title off her over the past six years. Recording two nice scoring waves early into the Semifinal, Moore left Gilmore needing a 7.54 to progress to the final. But the top seed could not find the wave she needed late into her heat.
“I had plenty of time, plenty of options. I just could not seem to do the right thing out there,” said a disappointed Gilmore after her Semifinal loss. “Carissa was just in a rhythm from the start, she got those two good ones and I just did not know what to do.”
Gilmore has now finished third at the first two 2013 World Championship Tour events and appears to have at least three real challengers to her throne this year. “It is an ok start for me. I am excited for Bells now and it just makes me hungrier,” confirmed Gilmore.
Wright took a beating on the final day at Margaret River, as she began the day winning a dramatic Semifinal against Sally Fitzgibbons.
Carissa Moore © ASP/Robertson
Banking an 8.93 early in the semi, Wright then recorded a 9.50 scoring wave but was smashed on the shallow inside reef, hurting her right knee in the process. She was forced to hang out the back for the rest of the heat as Fitzgibbons searched for two big scoring waves, but it was not to be for the 22 year old Gerroa natural footer.
The two young Australians are fast building a rivalry after Wright also got the win over Fitzgibbons in a classic Final at the first World Championship stop earlier this month at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast.
As the newly added stop number 2 of 8 on the ASP Women's World Championship Tour, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro made a dramatic return to the elite tour schedule, setting up one of the most interesting contest for the Women’s World Title seen on the ASP Tour in the last few years.
WOMEN'S FINALS RESULT:
Carissa Moore (HAW) 11.00 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 6.94
WOMEN'S SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.27 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 9.56
SF 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 18.43 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.83
Check the Full Results
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# 2 : Paterson & Palmateer rule Drug Aware trials
# 3 : Tough day for champions at Margaret River
# 4 : Gilmore fires Day 2 of Drug Aware Pro
# 5 : Swell waits, and so does Drug Aware Pro
# 6 : Women's quarterfinalists decided at Drug Aware
# 7 : Swell jumps, re-ignites elite at Margaret River
# 8 : Drug Aware Pro intensifies at Margaret River
Source: Drug Aware
Author: Jason Dover
Tags: Margaret River Pro, ASP Prime Events, Trialists