Top: Carissa Moore
defeated Layne Beachley,
Roseanne Hodge and Rebecca Woods to earn her
spot in the final.
Above: Reef Hawaiian Women's Pro Champion
Carissa Moore with her authentic Tiki trophy.
Photos: ASP Kirstin © Covered Images
Left: Reef Hawaiian
Pro finalists from fourth to
first (left to right) Coco Ho, Laura Enever,
Beachley and Carissa Moore.
Photo: ASP Kirstin © Covered Images
For Immediate Release
of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International
6-Star Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa
Carissa Moore Claims Reef Hawaiian Pro and Vans
Triple Crown Ratings Lead
(Thursday, November 20, 2008) - The 2008 Reef Hawaiian
Pro was always going to be about the new guard of women’s
surfing from the opening heat of competition.
Today, Haleiwa crowned
it’s youngest-ever Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
event champion in 16-year-old Carissa Moore (Honolulu).
Moore won her way through every round of the competition
from the preliminary trials heat that awarded one wildcard
spot into the event. She now leads the 2008 Vans Triple
Crown of Surfing series ratings.
and a 36-year-old, seven-times ASP Women’s World
Champion featured in the 30-minute final. Moore won,
multiple world champ Layne Beachley (Manly, Australia)
was second, 17-year-old Laura Enever (Narrabeen, Australia)
was third, and North Shore local Coco Ho, 17, was fourth.
Ali’i Beach Park offered up clean and highly contestable
4-5 foot surf for the women’s final day of action,
with left-handers the order of the day.
rise to the win came with calm, sure-footedness, there
was no shortage of drama around her to help pave the
road to victory.
First came the fourth
place elimination of reigning ASP Women’s World
Champion Stephanie Gilmore (Australia) in Quarterfinal
Next came the Quarterfinal
defeat of Alana Blanchard (Hawaii), who was hoping for
a final finish today to guarantee her qualification
onto the 2009 ASP Women’s World Tour.
In the Final, 17-year-old
Coco Ho was at the center of drama. A win here would
have guaranteed Ho a start on the 2009 elite ASP Womens
World Tour, but after finding herself in fourth for
most of the heat, her focus shifted to securing the
win for Moore. With less than a minute remaining, Beachley
was in need of little more than six points to steal
the win from Moore. Ho took off, dropping in on Beachley,
popping an air above her head and effectively shutting
down Layne’s scoring potential in a classic case
of schoolgirl tactics.
While it will never
be known if Layne would have earned the score she needed
to win, it’s disputable that Moore earned the
victory on the merits of her surfing alone.
"It was my
dream to one day win out here and I’m really happy,"
said Moore. "I was just praying that Layne wouldn’t
get one. I was really thankful that Coco ended up getting
that one. I’m definitely thankful that she is
one of my best friends. It was an honor to be in that
heat with all those girls. It was so close [of a heat]
with Layne. And then my really good friends Laura and
Coco were surfing really well the entire event."
As with all the
ups and downs of Layne’s 19-year career, she took
today’s encounter in her stride.
"It was pretty
good Hawaiian teamwork," said Beachley. "I’m
sure if Coco kicked out of that wave I could have still
hit the lip, but as I was bottom-turning I saw Coco
go for an air. And, well, that just ruins any chance
of doing anything. That’s what happens here in
Hawai’i. Also, getting off to a slow start put
extra pressure on me."
For Enever, third
place in her maiden Hawaii season was a solid result,
and she is also on track to win the Vans Triple Crown
Nose Guard Rookie of the Year award.
a dream, I wasn’t even expecting to be in this
event then I found out just a few days before that I
got in," said Enever. "I’ve just been
making heats and having a go. It’s been the birthday
of my life to surf epic Haleiwa and now get in the final
with my two friends. I’m stoked."
As the final ASP
Women’s World Qualifying Series (WQS) event of
the year, all eyes will now shift to the next two stops
on the Vans Triple Crown to determine the final lineup
for the 2009 women’s ASP World Tour: the Roxy
Pro (Nov.24-Dec.6) and the Billabong Pro Maui (Dec.
8-20). The top 6 women on the WQS ratings qualify for
the elite World Tour, but at this time, there are three
ladies in the WQS top 6 who might still be able to qualify
through their 2008 World Tour performances in the upcoming
events, thus potentially freeing up spots for Paige
Hareb (NZ), Blanchard and Ho to officially qualify.
(Moore did not compete on the WQS this year.)
Round of 64 ran through to heat 13 today, and there
was no shortage of upsets there either, especially given
the pressure of 4-man heats, qualification points on
the line, and relatively small surf for Hawaii standards.
ranked pro on tour, Fred Patacchia, went down, though
retiring Pancho Sullivan advanced through the same heat.
2007 ASP World Champion Mick Fanning also lost heavily
in his opening heat of the event.
One full day of
competition remains at the men’s Reef Hawaiian
Pro and organizers expect the final day to be either
tomorrow, or Saturday. To examine surf updates for the
coming days, visit official forecasters Wetsand.com.
For complete results,
please visit www.triplecrownofsurfing.com
The $815,000 Vans
Triple Crown of Surfing consists of the Reef Hawaiian
Pro, Haleiwa, Nov. 12-23 (6* WQS, men and women), the
O’Neill World Cup of Surfing, Sunset Beach, Nov.24-Dec.6
(6*WQS men), The Roxy Pro, Sunset Beach, Nov.24-Dec.6
(WCT women), the Billabong Pipeline Masters (men), Pipeline,
Dec. 8-20 (WCT) and the Billabong Pro Maui (women),
Honolua Bay, Maui, Dec. 8-20 (WCT).
In addition to $815,000
in prize money, which includes a $10,000 bonus for both
the men’s and women’s Vans Triple Crown
champions, the men’s champion will also receive
a custom, one-ofkind Nixon tide watch featuring over
two-carats of diamonds and valued at over $10,000.