Surfing - Moore takes title at Bells Beach

Carissa Moore claimed the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach title with victory over Tyler Wright in Victoria, Australia.

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Carissa Moore

The win in clean three-to-five foot waves in front of a capacity crowd at Bells Beach vaults the 20-year-old Hawaiian back into the lead on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour ratings.

“To win Bells is a dream,” Moore said. “As a little kid, you always looked forward to watching it and reading about it. The history and the prestige and the people who have won it are really legendary. To be a part of it now is really special.”

After opening the heat with a 9.57 on her first wave, Moore survived a psychologically-draining 25-minute lull in action before she and Wright battled it out in a final exchange in the dying moments.

“It wasn’t an easy heat,” Moore said. “I was fortunate to get a good score to start, but Tyler (Wright) is really powerful and a really fierce competitor. If she got the waves, it was going to be a challenge. We had a really long lull during the heat and then a little flurry at the end.”

The win marks Moore’s second in a row this season, previously collecting a victory in Western Australia last week, and the Hawaiian now sits in the driver’s seat in this season’s race for the world title.

FINAL RESULT:

1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.40

2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 8.00

WCT TOP 5:

1. Carissa Moore (HAW) 26,500 pts

2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 26,000 pts

3. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 19,700 pts

4. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18,200 pts

5. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16,900 pts

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