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Hawaii surfer Moore wins US Open of Surfing

Moore is now number 1 in WCT standings

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:31 a.m. HST, Jul 29, 2013

Hawaii surfer Carissa Moore has won the Vans US Open of Surfing over local favorite Courtney Conlogue in one-to-three foot waves at Huntington Beach Pier Sunday. With the win, Moore is now on top of  Association of Surfing Professionals Women’s World Title competition with two events left in the season.

Its Moore's third tournament win of the season as she tries to reclaim the world championship title.

“To be honest I’m a little shocked right now because I thought Courtney (Conlogue) won when the crowd erupted on that last wave,” Moore, 20, said in a news release from the ASP. “I let her go and I had priority and it was a bad decision, but I’m stoked that it worked out in my favor. I was happy to be in the final and Courtney’s in the title race and I had fun, but I was definitely nervous at the end of that heat. It’s such an honor to win this event in front of this big crowd. I feel amazing!”

Conlogue , 20, knocked out Australia's Tyler Wright, 19, in the semifinals. Wright had been number one in the standings until today.

“It was definitely an amazing heat and Carissa (Moore), she’s been surfing really well,” Conlogue said. “With everyone screaming and the crowd on the pier I was definitely wanting to win. I was trying to be progressive and surfing the best that I could.”

Conlogue  is now at No 3 on the ASP Women’s WCT standings.

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