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Carissa Moore, can she take title number two?© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Or will Tyler Wright grab a maiden title?© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Bianca Buitendag can shove a stick in anyone's spokes.© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Stephanie Gilmore might be out this year but she's hungry for her first event win.© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Pauline Ado is just above the drop zone after a strong finish to the year© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Carissa Moore contemplation© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Malia Manuel© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
Stephanie Gilmore© 2014 ASP/Poullenot
The EDP Cascais Girls Pro has completed Round 1 of the ASP Women’s World Title deciding event. This is it, a year’s work jetting around the world comes down to surfing a few peaks in Portugal.
Located 12 km west of Lisbon, Carcavelos beach is one of the best Portuguese surf spots in the country. The village, once known for the high quality wines, is now famous for the powerful barrels rolling over the shifting sandbars. To the east side of the Carcavelos beach there is a huge Fort named Forte de São Julião da Barra. It was used to protect the Tejo River entrance from enemy ships, and currently it is used as the official summer residence of the Ministry of Defence.
This event is all about wether Carissa Moore can defend her slender advantage at the top of the rankings. Or will Tour sophomore Tyler Wright grab her maiden world title? Seeded one and two this could the final shootout for the crown.
Moore posted an emphatic Round 1 win over fellow Hawaiian Malia Manue and wildcard Teresa Bonvalot. The young Hawaiian was in sizzling form with her forehand approach, crushing the Carcavelos sections with unmatched power and speed.
“I’ve been splitting my warm-up time here between Carcavelos and Guincho as it looks like we’ll be competing at both sites,” Moore said. “It’s a little tricky out there today, but my equipment felt good and I’m just looking for the best result I can achieve here in Cascais. I know Tyler (Wright) is close in the ratings and I just have to go out and surf my best. Stoked to post a Round 1 win though and we’ll see what the next couple of days bring.”
Wright immediately followed up Moore’s Round 1 win with one of her own, blitzing the challenging midday conditions and advancing directly to Round 3 of competition.
“The board I’m on right now is a Mayhem and it feels comfortable, free and fast – just how I like my surfing,” Wright said, o pting to focus on the moment as opposed to the year-end result. “I don’t have goals,” She continued “It creates pressure for me and I don’t like that so I don’t set them. All I want to do is go out and surf and that ultimately serves me best.”
Courtney Conlogue, current ASP Women’s WCT No. 4, looked comfortable in today’s Round 1 conditions, navigating the punchy beachbreak with ease and advancing directly to Round 3.
“Conditions are very similar to home at Huntington Beach,” Conlogue said. “Just like Southside Pier, stormy conditions. It’s very shifty and you have to be able to adapt. Stoked to get through though and hopefully conditions clean up in the coming days.”
When competition resumes, up first will be Alana Blanchard up against Silvana Lima in the opening heat of Round 2.
EDP CASCAIS GIRLS PRO ROUND 1 RESULTS
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.67, Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 14.67, Silvana Lima (BRA) 11.37
Heat 2: Courtney Courtney (USA) 14.33, Pauline Ado (FRA) 14.07, Sage Erickson (USA) 8.17
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.24, Malia Manuel (HAW) 8.80, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) 6.56
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS) 14.53, Alana Blanchard (HAW) 9.60, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 8.56
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.93, Laura Enever (AUS) 12.70, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 7.53
Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA) 13.00, Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.30, Coco Ho (HAW) 7.36
EDP CASCAIS GIRLS PRO ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS
Heat 1: Alana Blanchard (HAW) vs. Silvana Lima (BRA)
Heat 2: Laura Enever (AUS) vs. Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 3: Coco Ho (HAW) vs. Teresa Bonvalot (PRT)
Heat 4: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) vs. Sofia Mulanovich (PER)
Heat 5: Pauline Ado (FRA) vs. Rebecca Woods (AUS)
Heat 6: Malia Manuel (HAW) vs. Paige Hareb (NZL)
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