Hawaii surfer Carissa Moore beat rival Sally Fitzgibbons to win the Billabong Girls Rip Pro in Brazil today.
Moore, who leads the women’s Association of Surfing Professionals rankings, defeated Fitzgibbons 14.87 to 13.80 out of a possible 20 points. Moore has been in all five finals this season, extending her ratings lead over Fitzgibbons, the number 2 ranked surfer.
The contest was held in two-to-four foot waves at the main event site of Barra Da Tijuca. The men’s contest did not run today.
Moore scored a 8.10 midway through the heat on a left wave that proved to be the difference in the finals, according to the contest website.
The victory is Moore’s third win on the tour.
"I just went out there and had fun and to me there was no pressure in the Final," Moore said. "I was just stoked to be in the Final regardless of how I finished. Obviously I’m happy that I won. The girls really didn’t go on those lefts, but they worked out for me today."
Moore beat local favorite Silvana Lima, 26, of Bazil to get to the finals.
"I was really nervous that I wouldn’t make the Final because I was up against Silvana (Lima) and she’s the local favorite," Moore said. ""I’m excited. We have two events left and it’d be nice to just finish really strong."
Moore and Fitzgibbons are the only two surfers in contention for the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title.
"It’s a long year and there are a couple of events to go and it has been great here competing in Rio for the first time," Fitzgibbons said. "Looking into the next few events it’s really going to be about stepping it up and having fun and focusing on my surfing. Hopefully I can get a few more results."