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posted by Kate McCart

Hawaiian Carissa Moore has defended her event title, facing off with Tyler Wright in the final day of Women’s competition at the 2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro. Moore and Wright would battle it out in powerful 4-6 foot conditions at the Margaret River Main Break, keeping spectators, including thousands of online viewers, on the edge of their seats.


Carissa Moore wins the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro for 2014 – Photo by ASP

ASP Head Judge Rich Porta detailed, “We’re looking for power, we’re looking for unique lines and of course innovation where opportunity presents itself.”. This was the morning announcement as conditions were checked for competition, and the women certainly did not disappoint. The day saw many amazing heats go down, with some exciting and surprising results. Semi Final 1 saw 5 times ASP World Champion Stephanie Gilmore face off with Carissa Moore. This only ended in disappointment for Gilmore as the Hawaiian threw out a display of forehand manoeuvres, securing both a 7.50 and an 8.33. Though it was close, Stephanie was unable to regather first place as the heat finished with Moore scoring 15.83 to Gilmore’s 12.67, knocking the World Champ from the competition.


Carissa Moore in Semi Final 1 – Photo by ASP

Semi Final 2 was a battle between the Aussies with Tyler Wright facing off with Sally Fitzgibbons. The vibe from the beach was very enthusiastic, as Sally got out to an early lead, tearing apart the open right handers of Margaret’s Main Break. Her performance however was not strong enough for Tyler Wright, who destroyed sections with an amazing display of powerful surfing. The heat concluded with Tyler scoring 15.83, to Fitzgibbons 12.67, eliminating Sally from competition. This now saw Wright, like Carissa Moore, advance to their first Final of the year and also an exact rematch from the 2013 event where the two had previously met.

As the wind picked up, Wright opened the Final on the grinding right hander with a mid-range score, acquiring first points on the board. Carissa fought back conversely with an explosive display of forehand turns, impressing judges and resulting in a 7.50. Both Wright and Moore were trading first and second positions for some time throughout the heat, before Wright secured an 8.00 to regain the lead. It was the final few minutes, however which would decide the winner of competition. An exchange of waves saw Carissa gain a 6.87 to Wrights 6.10, then an immediate back up with highest score of the heat, an 8.23. This ensured victory for the Hawaiian and saw her take home her second consecutive Margaret River Pro Title. “It’s a very challenging wave here at Margaret River and I’m constantly learning so I’m thankful to be able to win here again. I love this place and I love Western Australia”, said Carissa. “It feels good to be up there at the top of the rankings with Stephanie and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the events unfold.”.


1st Place Carissa Moore (left), with runner up Tyler Wright – Photo ASP

Many may have thought this same result 2 years in a row would cause an upset between the two finalists, though this is not the case. “Carissa just nailed it, she’s so strong and she’s the coolest human.”, said Tyler. This year sees 10 events on the women’s World Tour, the most ever held. Bells Beach is the third and next stop of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Championship Tour, with all the competitors hungry for a win as they have another chance to prove themselves to each other and to the world. We here at SurfStitch congratulate Carissa Moore on her win, and all the other female competitors on their efforts. Stay tuned for the latest action from the men’s competition, as we wait to see who will be crowned champion in the next coming days.