For the first time in more than six years, Carissa Moore will not be surfing in Round Three at a Championship Tour (CT) event. The last time Moore failed to make it past the second round was in 2010 at the Movistar Classic in Peru. Her loss to Bianca Buitendag in tricky conditions at the Oi Rio Women's Pro was the first shocking upset at an event likely to produce more than its share of dramatics.
As one of the world's most powerful and technically progressive surfers, expectations for the 3x World Champ run extremely high. Even after a string of three fifth-place results during the Australian leg, questions about her performances lingered. Yet, considering her track record, this loss will most likely go down as a temporary blip in form rather than a worrisome trend.
In the end, it's a throwaway result for Moore, but it will have Title race implications for contenders and hopefuls alike. She'll need to chalk it up to experience, find a positive takeaway and prepare for one of her favorite events on Tour -- the Outerknown Fiji Women's Pro.