Two events have run and the top spot is tied, the two giants of women's surfing locked in a gigantesque tussle which will hopefully last all season. Carissa Moore was victorious on this occasion, but a one-woman-story this is not.
The women's tour is rapidly becoming a top heavy affair, with Tyler Wright, Bianca Buitendag, Sally Fitzgibbons and Courtney Conlogue all nipping hungrily at the heels. Wright made the final with a combination of power-infused hacks and keen lineup knowledge, and for a lengthy moment it seemed as if she had the better of Moore, displaying tighter turns and the square shouldered demeanour of a matador in the ring. Few, however, would have bet against Carissa. The chunky, rutted walls of Margaret River are a far cry from Gold Coast pocket surfing, and the Hawaiian's raw power placed her a tier above once again.
I was really excited and told myself ‘come on, it’s time’. It’s a very challenging wave here at Margaret River and I’m constantly learning so I’m thankful to be able to win here again.Carissa Moore
“Tyler Wright looked awesome today and she’s a tough competitor,” said Moore. “I think any time any of us are in a final we really want to win it and take it home. I was really excited and told myself ‘come on, it’s time’. It’s a very challenging wave here at Margaret River and I’m constantly learning so I’m thankful to be able to win here again. I love this place and I love Western Australia. It feels good to be up there at the top of the rankings with Stephanie (Gilmore) and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the events unfold.”
A champion in need: Gilmore was her smooth self throughout, but seemed to lack the belligerent attitude which Margaret River demands. “Today I think I might have ridden the wrong board and things just didn’t really fall into place,” said Gilmore. “Carissa was definitely pushing things and I was trying to be a little more safe, which didn’t work out in the end. It’s a long year ahead and we’ve got the most events we’ve ever had on Tour (10). Carissa and I have a good rivalry going and I’m looking forward to some more podium finishes.”
The wave may not raise the heart rate, but great drama doesn't necessarily need a first class stage. In an unfortunate draw, the two most exciting young surfers on tour, John John and Medina, were once again pitted against eachother. They may claim that no rivalry exists between them, but the fates seem desperate to create one.
Florence provided the highlight of the early rounds with a seamless turn-barrel-air combo, artfully transforming a nothing wave into something truly special. His persisted with the aerial approach against Medina, but the young Brazzilian is running like a well oiled machine on his backhand, throwing in effortless reverses whenever a hint of monotony creeps in.
More news HERE, including Taj being eliminated twice, and Yadin Nicol ousting Fanning with a tremendous full rotation twirl.
Forecast: Swell wise the event will see a pulse of mid period swell on Wednesday, peaking Thursday 10th. The only real interruption to the run of small waves. However the final day of the holding period is forecast to see a decent swell from a significant storm south of the The French Southern and Antarctic Lands, which should generate a long period swell for Western Australia and Indonesia. The model has been keen on this system for a week or more and the model consensus is for a storm to start generating the swell in the coming hours. However given that the initial part of the swell might prove to be inconsistent, with the meat arriving the day after the comp window closes, waiting for this swell might well not happen. If we were forced to guess then we'd say the comp will end on Thursday.
Drug Aware Margaret River Women’s Pro Final Results:
Final: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.73 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.10
Drug Aware Margaret River Women’s Pro Semifinal Results:
Semifinal 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.83 def. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.67
Semifinal 2: Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.83 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 12.67
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Round 3 Results:
Heat 1 Re-Surf: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 15.20 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.90
Heat 2: Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.23 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 6.23
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 13.10 def. Adam Melling (AUS) 9.67
Heat 4: Miguel Pupo (BRA) 11.34 def. C.J. Hobgood (USA) 9.67
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.44 def. John John Florence (HAW) 13.00
Heat 6 : Yadin Nicol (AUS) 16.94 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 9.83
Heat 7: Kelly Slater (USA) 12.56 def. Jadson Andre (BRA) 10.47
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF) 12.87 def. Kai Otton (AUS) 9.70
Heat 9: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 12.57 def. Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.00
Heat 10: Nat Young (USA) 12.26 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 11.03
Heat 11: Adriano De Souza (BRA) 12.50 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 11.40
Heat 12: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14.50 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 5.23
Drug Aware Margaret River Pro Round 4 Match-ups:
Heat 1: Bede Durbidge (AUS), Josh Kerr (AUS), Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat 2: Miguel Pupo (BRA), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Yadin Nicol (AUS)
Heat 3: Kelly Slater (USA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Filipe Toledo (BRA)
Heat 4: Nat Young (USA), Adriano De Souza (BRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS)