Carissa Moore saw off Tyler Wright to claim to the 2013 ASP World Title at Praia do Guincho today in the EDP Cascais Girls Pro presented by Billabong.
The Hawaiian backed up her 2011 World Title in just pipping Tyler Wright on the last day of the last event of the year, after a season that saw the pair dominate competition around the world. With a mere 200 tour points separating the girls in Wright’s favour this morning, when Carissa beat Sage Erickson in QF2, it meant Tyler need to get past Sally Fitz in QF4 to stay alive. In deteriorating conditions at Guincho, Moore claimed the title at the horn on the Wright – Fitzgibbons clash, as the elder Aussie proved too much for her compatriot.
“She didn’t really have any choice,” reflected her dad Chris Moore, with that slightly sour air of the surfing version of the soccer mom, the competitive shred dad. “She’s been surfing since she was tiny, and everything’s been geared towards this.” Carissa herself was slightly more upbeat, elated even, and visibly relieved to overcome the pressure she’s been feeling these past few weeks. “I’m so happy to be able to win the title against Tyler whose been surfing so incredibly this year. She’s an awesome surfer.” Wright was equally gushing, saying, “She’s not only one of the best surfers ever, she’s also one of the nicest humans you’ll ever meet.”
For those of you who haven’t been following, these were the big stories of the EDP Cascais Girls Pro presented by Billabong in terms of 2013 and 2014 seasons:
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– Carissa Moore won her second ASP World Title, with Tyler Wright 2nd
– South America had a bit of shocker, with both Sofia Mulanovic and Silvana Lima dropping off tour.
– Steph Gilmore finished 5th after an injury hit year that saw her fail to win an event.
– Laura Enever and Alana Blanchard finished equal 10th and will have to await their fates in terms of requalification via the ASP wildcard.
– Bec Woods and Sage Erickson both failed to make the cut. Woods will retire, while Erickson will be back on the WQS next year.