Carissa Moore kicked off the 2013 season by asserting her dominance amongst the worldâ€™s best female surfers, with an unmatched display of forehand prowess the powerful Hawaiian advanced into the Quarterfinals of the Roxy Pro with ease.
â€œIâ€™m so proud to be a part of womenâ€™s surfing right now. The waves pumped, the girls ripped. Itâ€™s just a really really exciting time for womenâ€™s surfing and weâ€™re really fortunate to have such great waves for this event."- Carissa Moore
â€œTo win Bells is a dream. 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.â€ - Carissa Moore.
With Tyler Wright winning the event, Moore was relegated into the World No. 2 position. â€œI never thought that I was running away with the World Title at all. I was happy to be in the race. I know itâ€™s going to be tough if I want to win the World Title again and other girls want it just as bad.â€
â€œI think the biggest key to winning in a place like this is being able to adapt very quickly cause itâ€™s always changing out here. I didnâ€™t find the waves that really built up and allowed for good surfing today." - Carissa Moore.
Coming into Portugal, the final stop on the Women's ASP World Championship Tour, just two surfers Carissa Moore and Tyler Wright were circling the throne. "Iâ€™m just looking for the best result I can achieve here in Cascais. I know Tyler (Wright) is close in the ratings and I just have to go out and surf my best." - Carissa Moore.
In one of the closest battles for the world surfing crown that the ASP has ever witnessed, the Hawaiian and Australian went blow-for-blow in 2013, collecting five victories of the first seven events between them.
â€œThis title is much sweeter as it was so close with Tyler (Wright). Sheâ€™s so young and fearless and she really pushed me to work my hardest this year. I won some different events this season and it all amounted to a really meaningful year for me.â€ - Carissa Moore.
Carissa Moore capped off a banner day by claiming the EDP Cascais Girls Pro over an in-form Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) in the final. The victory was Moore's fourth elite tour victory of the season. Congratulations Carissa Moore!