Surfing - Moore takes title at Bells Beach

Carissa Moore claimed the Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach title with victory over Tyler Wright in Victoria, Australia.

Surfing - Moore takes title at Bells Beach

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Carissa Moore

The win in clean three-to-five foot waves in front of a capacity crowd at Bells Beach vaults the 20-year-old Hawaiian back into the lead on the ASP Women’s World Championship Tour ratings.

“To win Bells is a dream,” Moore said. “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.”

After opening the heat with a 9.57 on her first wave, Moore survived a psychologically-draining 25-minute lull in action before she and Wright battled it out in a final exchange in the dying moments.

“It wasn’t an easy heat,” Moore said. “I was fortunate to get a good score to start, but Tyler (Wright) is really powerful and a really fierce competitor. If she got the waves, it was going to be a challenge. We had a really long lull during the heat and then a little flurry at the end.”

The win marks Moore’s second in a row this season, previously collecting a victory in Western Australia last week, and the Hawaiian now sits in the driver’s seat in this season’s race for the world title.


1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.40

2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 8.00


1. Carissa Moore (HAW) 26,500 pts

2. Tyler Wright (AUS) 26,000 pts

3. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 19,700 pts

4. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 18,200 pts

5. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16,900 pts

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