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Still fizzing from her win at the Roxy Pro, Sally Fitzgibbons finished runner up in Portugal. She will surely be a title threat in 2014.© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
The event winner and World Champion, Carissa Moore, cutting off the top on the final day.© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
"My dad, he's been there all along," said Carrisa. "He's been my coach and my travel companion. He puts me in the right mind frame and tells me the truth, and gets me where I need to be for the contest."© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Moore lifts the modestly sized Cascais Pro trophy, a win which was somewhat overshadowed by the World Title result.© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Fitzgibbons eyes up the trophy for next year.© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Steph Gilmore has had plenty of champagne showers in her time. Here she evades the spray as Moore takes drinks in the moment.© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Tyler Wright finished just behind Moore on the rankings, in the closest ever World Title showdown.© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Moore eliminated South Africa's Bianca Buitendag in the Quarterfinals.© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
“It’s been an incredible year for me and a huge congrats to Carissa,” said Tyler Wright. “She is an amazing surfer and has pushed me a lot this season. The talent level on tour at the moment is so high, and the platform we’re going to have in 2014 is really exciting. Very much looking forward to next year.”© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Laura Enever celebrates with the champ.© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Coco Ho© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Paige Hareb lost out to Coco Ho in Quarterfinals.© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Bianca Buitendag© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Coco Ho© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Competitors masquerading as fans.© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Sage Erickson bowed out to Moore in the Semis.© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Sage Erickson© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Carissa Moore claimed the 2013 ASP Women’s World Title on the final day of the final event of the season, the EDP Cascais Girls Pro presented by Billabong. Pointing out the obvious, it doesn’t get much closer than that.
Moore secured her second world surfing crown after sole remaining contender, Tyler Wright, was eliminated this morning by compatriot Sally Fitzgibbons in the Quarterfinals of the event, at Portugal’s Guincho Beach.
The young Hawaiian, who was in the water for her own Semifinal heat when the decision came through, was beside herself once she returned to the beach where she was greeted by throngs of friends, family and admirers.
“I can’t really speak right now because I’m so happy,” Moore said. “I woke up this morning listening to music and I started crying because I really felt like today was my day. I’ve been supported so much by my Dad and boyfriend and sister and all my family and friends. This is really special for me because I get to share it with all of them.”
In one of the closest battles for the world surfing crown that the ASP has ever witnessed, the Hawaiian and Australian went blow-for-blow in 2013, collecting five victories of the first seven events between them.
“This title is much sweeter as it was so close with Tyler,” Moore said. “She’s so young, but so strong and fearless when it comes to competition. She can always come back and really pushed me to work my hardest this year. I won some different events this season and it all amounted to a really meaningful year for me.”
“This title is much sweeter as it was so close with Tyler,” Moore said. “She’s so young, but so strong and fearless when it comes to competition. She can always come back and really pushed me to work my hardest this year. I won some different events this season and it all amounted to a really meaningful year for me.” Carissa Moore
Wright was gracious in defeat and will remain a threat for years to come.
“It’s been an incredible year for me and a huge congrats to Carissa,” Wright said. “She is an amazing surfer and has pushed me a lot this season. The talent level on tour at the moment is so high, and the platform we’re going to have in 2014 is really exciting. Very much looking forward to next year.”
After claiming the title, Moore went on to defeat Sally Fitzgibbons in the final of the Cascais Pro, the Champion’s fourth event win of the season, and a result which was somewhat overshadowed by the bigger picture.
CARISSA MOORE 2013 ASP WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR RESULTS
Roxy Pro Gold Coast: Equal 3rd
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: Winner
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach: Winner
TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival: Equal 5th
Colgate Plax Girls Rio Pro: Equal 3rd
Vans US Open of Surfing: Winner
Roxy Pro France: Equal 3rd
EDP Cascais Girls Pro: Winner
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