Carissa Moore, 2013 Vans US Open of Surfing winner. Photo credit: ASP/Rowland.

Carissa Moore Wins Vans US Open of Surfing, Takes ASP WCT Rankings Lead

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Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) North America

Vans US Open of Surfing
ASP Women’s World Championship Tour Event
ASP Men’s Prime Rated Event
ASP Men’s and Women’s 4-Star Pro Junior
Huntington Beach, California, USA
July 20 – 28, 2013

Carissa Moore Wins Vans US Open of Surfing, Takes ASP WCT Rankings Lead
Carissa Moore,  2013 Vans US Open of Surfing winner. Photo credit: ASP/Rowland.
Pictured: Carissa Moore (HAW), 20, your Vans US Open of Surfing Champion and current ASP WCT No. 1. Credit: ASP/ROWLAND

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California/USA (Sunday, July 28, 2013) – Carissa Moore (HAW), 20, has won the Vans US Open of Surfing over local favorite Courtney Conlogue (USA), 20, in peaky one-to-three foot (1 metre) waves at Huntington Beach Pier, taking the No. 1 position on the ASP Women’s World Title Race.

Stop No. 6 of 8 on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT), the Vans US Open of Surfing plays both a crucial role in deciding the 2013 Women’s World Champion and qualification for next season’s ASP Top 17.

Moore got off to a dominant start in her final clash, earning an 8.17 and 7.83 to launch out to an early lead. The talented Hawaiian would hold on to the win despite a late-heat rampage from Conlogue, solidifying her third ASP Women’s WCT event win this year.

“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 said. “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 put in an amazing showing in front of her hometown crowd, besting then ratings’ leader Tyler Wright (AUS), 19, in the Semifinals. The regular-footer would fight hard to surpass Moore in the back half of the heat with her best two rides coming in the last five minutes. Unfortunately for the Californian, she was unable to surpass Moore’s opening heat efforts, finishing runner-up overall.

“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, who now sits at No 3 on the ASP Women’s WCT, is hoping to carry her momentum in to the final two events of the season in an attempt to rally for the 2013 ASP Women’s World Title.

“It feels really good to get second and I’m looking forward to going back to Europe,” Conlogue said. “Going to Hossegor is going to be exciting so it’s nice to get a result here and I’m looking forward to it.”

Tyler Wright (AUS), 19, was dominant throughout the Vans US Open of Surfing, earning her career-best result in Huntington Beach. The talented Australian’s run would end in the Semifinals, as she was stopped short by in-form local Courtney Conlogue, finishing equal 3rd overall.

“I did the best I could with what I had out there and Courtney (Conlogue) caught the best waves,” Wright said. “A 3rd is the best result I’ve ever had here at the US Open and I’m happy with that.”

Pauline Ado (FRA), 22, matched her career-best result and crucial points towards her requalification campaign with an equal 3rd place finish. Ado put in a stellar performance throughout the Vans US Open of Surfing, but was unable to surpass Moore in their Semifinals heat. Ado now sits No. 10 among the ASP Top 17 due to her efforts.

I’m a bit disappointed with my heat today,” Ado said. “I couldn’t find any good waves and feel like I didn’t surf my best, but I’m stoked on the result overall. I’ve had a great week at this event and a 3rd is putting me in a better position before the last two events in Europe.”

For Vans US Open of Surfing highlights log on to www.vansusopenofsurfing.com.

VANS US OPEN OF SURFING WOMEN’S FINAL RESULT:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 16.00
2 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 15.27

VANS US OPEN OF SURFING WOMEN’S SEMIFINALS RESULTS:
SF 1: Courtney Conlogue (USA) 16.07 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 11.33
SF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.70 def. Pauline Ado (FRA) 10.23

ASP Women’s WCT Top 5 Following the Vans US Open:
1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 48,200 points
2 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 46,500 points
3 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 40,100 points
4 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 39,400 points
5 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 30,450 points



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Bec Woods Takes An Honest Look at the 2012 ASP Women’s World Tour

By Bec Woods

People tell you to live in the now. I’m living in the now, I enjoy my life, why would I not… I am a professional surfer. It can be the best job in the World! I am also in the midst of running an event for the second year in a row with my mate and Pro surfer Amee Donohoe. The local community is providing awesome support. The local businesses and media are into it and back our passion to pass onto people our love for not just female surfing but surfing in general. With 120 girls last year entered and some cool happenings this year you should come along to the RA Girls Surf Show.



Left: Bec Woods pulling into a grinding left at Teahupo’o…many tour years ago. Photo: ©ASP/Karen.


Surfing has been my life since I was 12 and I am fiercely passionate about how healthy it can be for everyone. When I paddle out at my local break I know most of the line-up and I love watching everyone having fun, it’s a community. Everywhere in the world you are sharing your passion with people you are a community. I love seeing people stoked and getting barreled with smiles on their faces just as much as I love getting barreled! I live in the now, yes …but sometimes I look at the now and the future of 2012 for surfing and there are some things that do disappoint me about the surf industry right now.

The dream of surfing the world in epic waves and pushing myself to a level that I was satified with engulfed me, surfing with the best and trying my hardest. Falling down faces in Teahupo’o and dropping ledges at Cloudbreak at 8-10 foot as a 20 year old challenged me, my heart in my mouth making a drop and doing things I wasn’t sure I could do. I lived for that …I miss that. I don’t even bother surfing in big waves or training for these conditions anymore because it’s not necessary.


Bec Woods, Cloudbreak, Fiji. Photo © ASP/KAREN Bec Woods, Nike US Open of Surfing. Photo by Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.
Left: Bec Woods at Cloudbreak. ©ASP/Karen. Right: HB Pier. ©Grant. Which comp would you rather watch?


For those who don’t know, here are a few things about female World Tour surfing from last year and the upcoming year…

• We have 6 events on our calendar for 2012 with our year ending in August in the amazing waves (yes, I am being sarcastic) of Huntington Beach, USA.

• We have NO Hawaiian events.

• We have no reef breaks or heavy barrels (Teahupo’o, Fiji and Honolua Bay are gone) so it really is a beach break tour on right handers.

• How can someone be a well rounded World Champ when we surf the same conditions (2-3 foot onshore beachies)? Should the world champ be called the 2-3 foot beach break world champ?

• Our prize money on the WQS hasn’t changed since the 1980′s.

• Many professional surfers aren’t sponsored right now and this is a sign the companies are hurting. It costs around 40K to do the World Tour and 50K to try your luck on both tours …way more for the men who have more events.


Bec Woods, Roxy 2005 Fiji. Photo © ASP/ROBERTSON

The world of competitive World Tour surfing that has been my career for the last ten years has slowly lost its glitz and glam and the business side has slowly been exposed as just that … a business. It just disappoints me that when times get tough you should just look at the Women’s World Tour as a scale of how tough because we are the first to get targeted. This is not a “poor me” story …I just see young girls fighting for their spot on Tour and a dig at their Dream, only to get on the World Tour and realize that the WQS actually has more events and better waves. The disappointment on their faces and the hard work they put in not rewarded.

I am also disappointed that our industry is selling out to bigger brands and the bigger brands are not supporting the core of the industry but just using it to make money and screw the consumer. If all our surf brands get bought out and the non-core buyers don’t put on events then what happens to our sport and dream? The Women’s Tour is failing, the big brands are not putting anything back in and I think it is about time they did. Watch the Women’s Tour as a sign of what will happen to the industry as a whole. Maybe the industry has to learn a hard lesson? I know if I have kids and they are female I want them to surf for sure (one board a year and a pair of boardies) but no way will I push them to compete in an industry that doesn’t support it’s own. Education or Tennis, golf anyone?


Bec Woods paddles out at Cloudbreak, Fiji. Photo © ASP/KAREN

One final thought…

Seeing this left while paddling out the morning of Cloudbreak, the anticipation and excitement cannot be described.

I don’t run to Huntington Beach with the same enthusiasm … sorry locals there, don’t mean to offend.



Photos: ©ASP/Karen, ©ASP/Robertson, ©Chris Grant/Jettygirl.com

Additional Resources:

Bec Woods
Amee Donohoe
Brian Hilton RA Surf Show
ASP World Tour


Photo Friday: Sticking It Under Pressure with Rebecca Woods on Jettygirl.com

Presented by InsuranceSurfers.com

Although the outside section gets the lion’s share of points, anyone who’s either watched or participated in a surf contest at Huntington Pier knows that you have to leave an exclamation point in the shorebreak to get the crowds on their feet. Although Huntington’s sandy peaks seem fairly harmless, the shorebreak is anything but easy to navigate. After hopping through the notorious Huntington Hop zone, the final section looms up quickly, often without a chance to regain speed and much of the time in only a few inches of water. It’s a tough place to stick your final maneuver…and even tougher when 60,000 eyeballs are watching as is the case here with Rebecca Woods.

Rebecca was on fire at this year’s Nike US Open of Surfing and much of it was due to her uncanny ability to stick her landings in the dumpy conditions. While others would get bounced off, Bec would keep composed and ride out of it. I remember this turn well from my vantage point under the pier. After a clean hit off the closeout, the shorebreak explosion forced Rebecca into a difficult position, forcing her to use her lead arm to grab the opposite rail in the whitewater which is virtually impossible to pull off when you’re leaning in the other direction…impossible for most people that is. Using powerful stomach muscles and a never-give-up mindset, Rebecca successfully rode out of it and continued on toward the quarterfinals.

Before cutting out today, you’ll notice something painfully commonplace in women’s professional surfing these days, Rebecca surfs the tour without the help of a major sponsor. The surf industry is a multi-billion dollar affair yet every year at least a few of the Top 17 surf the tour without any support. How is that even possible? It’s time to start asking questions, lots and lots of questions…

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Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com


Additional Resources:

Bec Woods on Facebook
Follow Bec Woods on Twitter
Becwoods.com
Bec Woods TV
RA Girls Surf Show

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