Still wearing her wetsuit, Carissa Moore went straight to the ASP Update Desk, after winning the 2014 Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach, where the ASP asked her about her success at the historic event and ongoing rivalry with Tyler Wright.
While Moore and Tyler Wright were neck and neck throughout the 30-minute Final, Moore said she was happy to share the lineup. In fact, Moore confessed she had to stop herself from chatting Wright up, as if the two were free surfing, rather than competing for some of surfing's most hallowed hardware.
"[Wright] has been surfing unbelievably this whole event and she's looking so strong this year for world title contention."
That's not what one might expect to hear from Moore, given an interview earlier in the event where she showed her competitive side. Plus, Moore knows full well what a tough match-up Wright represented.
"[Wright] has been surfing unbelievably this whole event and she's looking so strong this year for world title contention," Morre said. "I look forward to every heat I have with her and just know I have to surf my best."
Early on though, Moore didn't surf her best. For the first time in over a year, she found herself surfing in Round 2 and facing the possibility of early elimination.
She said the problem wasn't in her feet though - or what was underneath them. Instead, Moore said she struggled little with her confidence.
"I was frustrated trying to find my groove and get a good mental headspace going into the event so I'm just glad I was able to work through it," Moore said.
Next up for Moore and the rest of Top 17 is the Billabong Rio Women's Pro, stop No. 4 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP Women's World Championship Tour.