Carissa Moore’s Victory In France
Carissa Moore Gains Late Momentum In Europe With One Event Remaining
The surfing World Tour has had some interesting moments and switches this year. It started with old favourite and style master Steph Gilmore reigniting her fire at the first event, the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast. Following that, Tyler Wright switched back into gear and then Courtney Conlogue and Sally Fitzgibbons surged. But Carissa Moore is back, and perhaps just in time.
At the Cascais Pro in Portugal last week, Tyler damaged her medial cruciate ligament in her knee and it looked as if Sally could with the title in France but it was Carissa who kicked back into gear at just the right time to challenge. Despite Carissa nor Sally winning in Portugal it kept the leaderboard running and the points tight as the girls pack their bags and prepare for the final event of 2017 in Hawaii. It’s still anyone’s game and Maui and with Tyler Wright the defending champ and 3 x world champ Carissa Moore all warmed up, it really is anyone’s game now.
Carissa said after her win today “I’m so stoked, we couldn’t ask for better conditions here and it’s been a long time since I won an event,” she said. “Coming up against Lakey (Peterson), I was a little nervous but I knew I just had to let everything go and just have fun. All the girls have really raised the level each event. I am grateful to be here and I am really inspired by my peers. Life can’t get much better.”
And commenting on her success despite being injured, Tyler said
“I’ve actually enjoyed the journey of this injury,” Wright said. “It’s actually pushed me forward at an accelerated rate. I have such a deep appreciation for all the time and efforts that everyone around me have put in, especially this week. It makes competing incredibly enjoyable and I’m so lucky to have them on my side.”
2017 WSL Women’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Roxy Pro France):
1 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 52,900 pts
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 51,200 pts
3 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 50,000 pts
4 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 47,300 pts
5 – Stephanie Gilmore (HAW) 45,150 pts