Carissa Moore Inspires on the First Day at the Pipe Pro

18th March 2015

(Top photo Carissa Moore courtesy of HEFF / WSL)

The Banzai Pipeline on Hawaii’s North Shore is the place to be this week with the local event drawing Carissa Moore. The Surf n’ Sea Pipeline Pro is a QS 1000 event which means there are no WSL points earned towards the 2015 World Title but Carissa was more interested in the rare opportunity to surf an uncrowded Pipeline.

Organisers of the event said Carissa wasn’t interested in dominating her heat or the warm-up, more encouraging others out there to go for waves and score big. She didn’t progress into the next round but humbly said of it “This event for me is about the opportunity, with no pressure, to learn more about Pipeline,” said Moore. “Everyone wants this kind of time alone at Pipe. Also, my sister Cayla is coming up in the event later in the round and I’m just enjoying being here to cheer her and the other girls on.

“Hawaii is such a special place to me and it’s so rejuvenating, so any opportunity I get to come home and get a break from all the pressure of the tour is great.

“It was fun to have a heat with Keala Kennelly this-morning and catch up with her. She’s a legend of the sport and one of the women that I really looked up to when I was starting out.”

Former World Tour Surfer, now Big Wave surfer and inspiration, Keala Kennelly made it through her heat to progress to round 2 amounts an international field of 32 women.

Organizers will assess conditions at first light tomorrow for a possible continuation of surfing. When competition does resume, look for highlight performances from Cayla Moore and her fellow Hawaii hopefuls Moana Jones, Mainei Kinimaka, Dax McGill, and Anastasia Ashley (USA).

Surf N Sea Pipeline Pro RESULTS: (Heats 1-4 of round 1 completed)
Surfers listed from 1st to 4th. From Hawaii unless noted otherwise.
H1: Keala Kennelly; Emilia Perry; Carissa Moore.
H2: Sophia Bartlow; Natalie Anzivino (USA); Susann Walczak-Pol; Emily Erickson
H3: Bailey Nagy; Jessica Anderson (CHL); Stephanie Da Silva; Carly Wilson (USA)
H4: Honolua Blomfield; Zoe McDougall; Aloha Lopez; Trinidad Segura (CHL)

Frankie Seely 2015 Pipe Pro photo by HEFF / WSL

Frankie Seely 2015 Pipe Pro photo by HEFF / WSL

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