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.
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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