Hawaiian Carissa Moore has claimed the 2013 Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach presented by Ford over Tyler Wright in clean three to five foot waves today in front of a capacity crowd at Bells Beach.
The win vaults the young Hawaiian back into the lead on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) ratings for the first time in over a year.
Moore beat Wright with a combined score of 15.40 to 8.00 from her two best rides in a final dogged by a lack of surf.
2011 world champion Moore gained the advantage with an important 9.57 in the opening couple of minutes before inconsistent conditions dogged the 35 minute final.
Twenty year old Moore grabbed a late wave for a 5.83 score to shut the gate on the northern NSW surfer.
Moore said it’s early days in the ratings race, and added that she was proud to add her name to the list of Hawaiian winners.
Wright, a standout on last Saturday’s marathon day of competition, was unable to capitalise during her third, consecutive Finals berth of the season and drops from ASP WCT No 1 to ASP WCT No 2 heading into the fourth event of the season.
Wright admitted she made some errors in the tactical final.
RIP CURL WOMEN’S PRO BELLS BEACH FINAL RESULTS:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.40?2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 8.00
CURRENT ASP WOMEN’S WCT TOP 5 (Following Rip Curl Women’s Pro):
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
Full results: www.aspworldtour.com.