After the fireworks of the Women's World Title race, four top female surfers took on perfect Pipe in an exhibition heat. The Women's Pipe Invitational pitted 2014 World Champ Carissa Moore (HAW), Tyler Wright (AUS) and Bethany Hamilton (HAW) against each other in double-overhead-plus, glassy conditions. The last time women competed at Pipe was in 2010, in the Vans Duel for the Jewel.
For Gilmore, Moore and Wright, the heat was something of a victory lap after a nail-biter of a season-end contest earlier this month. The three WCT surfers had faced off at the Target Maui Pro in a battle both for the event win and, for Gilmore and Wright, the 2014 World Title. Gilmore won the Title this year, while Moore won the Maui contest with Wright finishing runner-up.
At the 2014 Invitational, the three women and WQS surfer Hamilton showcased their skills in the heaving barrels. Wright and Moore were the most active of the bunch, with Wright earning a heat-high score of 6.17. She also had a top-to-bottom fall in the heaviest wipeout of the heat.
Gilmore had to take a break from the action when she broke her board, while Hamilton held steady in third place, even with a huge, clean righthander.
But it was Moore who, hot on her winning streak from Maui, held on to to the lead and won the heat. Wright came in as runner-up, followed by Hamilton and Gilmore.