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Carissa Moore moves to the top of the ASP's tour

By McClatchy News Services


HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. >> She's only 20, but Hawaii's Carissa Moore has taken the waters of women's surfing by storm, notching her second title at the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing.

Accompanying Moore's win on Sunday over California native Courtney Conlogue is a $15,000 purse, but Moore also jumped into first place on the ASP Women's World Championship tour with only two events left in the season.

"It feels amazing to win the U.S. Open two times. It's just such a wonderful feeling," Moore said. "It was such an exciting finish with Courtney. I was so nervous coming down to the last wave, but that's what makes our sport so great."

Moore cruised out to an early lead in the 35-minute final, but Conlogue made a furious comeback, including a scintillating run with a minute left that had the entire event eagerly awaiting a final score. But ultimately, Conlogue fell 0.73 points short of her opponent.

"When I heard the crowd roar, I had thought I lost it," Moore said. "But I had faith and it all worked out."

Brazil's Alejo Muniz won the men's title, overcoming local favorite Kolohe Andino in Sunday's final.

As Muniz was carried through the crowd after finishing off his win, he raised his fingers to the sky while a fan draped a Brazilian flag around his back. The flag read "Ordem e Progresso" ("Order and Progress"), although it was the disorder in his life that had caused him to come to tears.

Four years to the day, his grandfather died. Two weeks ago, his grandmother followed. Yet, nothing could take his eyes off the sky above him at Huntington Beach.

"In the end, I knew they were sending those waves to me. That is why I pointed to the sky," Muniz said. "I really believe it and I know they were with me all the time. They're happy. I know it."

With the win, and accompanying $100,000 prize, Muniz became a national hero: the first Brazilian to win the U.S. Open of Surfing.

—Andrew Gastelum / Los Angeles Times

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lowtone123 wrote:
A surfing world champion from Hawaii. All is right in the world again.
on July 29,2013 | 09:21AM
syhud wrote:
Why is it that when any individual or team from Hawaii is in the national or international spot light they always display the state flag only?How about the displaying Old Glory also. Just saying, that's all.
on July 29,2013 | 03:37PM
hanalei395 wrote:
That's Ka Hae .....The Hawaiian flag. (Just sayin', that's all).
on July 29,2013 | 06:02PM
Slow wrote:
Professional surfing recognizes Hawaii as different from USA for a number of valid reasons. Carissa is certainly not protesting or making a political statement. My wife and I have surfed alongside Carissa for many years and are very proud of her. Brilliantly skilled and also happy, humble, genuine and sharing. She lights up Kewalos every time she paddles out.
on July 30,2013 | 07:02AM
foliefolie wrote:
I know the mens purse is always bigger that the womens. But seriously, the mens winner takes home $100,000 and Carissa only takes home $15,000? That's such a big disparity.
on July 29,2013 | 06:23PM
hi96822 wrote:
yea serious gap in prize money
on July 29,2013 | 06:51PM
Wazdat wrote:
What. Carissa only gets $15 grand and the men"s winner gets $100 grand. WHAT A JOKE. It should be a lot closer than that. GOOD job Carissa you are da champ.
on July 30,2013 | 05:58AM
Slow wrote:
While the prize money disparity seems unfair, it is not bias or prejudice. It is purely economics. A ranking member of a major surfwear company that sponsors top echelon pro meets said the women's contests are money losers. Beach attendance plummets during women's heats. Some one has to foot the bill for the contests which run around $3 million. Young males drive the surf market and that is where the money will be.
on July 30,2013 | 07:08AM