TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival 2010: Carissa Moore Wins

The TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival of 2010 has come to an end and Carissa Moore is declared the winner. Sally Fitzgibbons is disappointed with her loss, but keeps her eyes on the prize: the 2010 ASP Women's World Title.

Carissa Moore.  Photo: ASP/ScholtzThe 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour rookie, Carissa Moore, is the winner of the 2010 TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival.  Moore defeated Sally Fitzgibbons at Fitzroy Beach, the third stop on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour.

Carissa Moore scored an excellent 9.33 out of 10 on her first wave and a 9.83 on her second wave, resulting in the highest heat total of the event, a 19.16 out of a possible 20.

“The conditions definitely turned on for us this afternoon and I knew I couldn’t leave Sally Fitzgibbons a lot of room to maneuver,” winner Carissa Moore said. “She has been getting the highest scores every round and she’s so dangerous. I just felt like I was building momentum throughout the event and fortunately peaked in the Final.”

With this win, Moore now stands in the ASP Women’s World No. 6 position and announces to the surfing world that she should be reckoned as a dangerous competitor with just as much right to the 2010 ASP Women’s World Title.

“I wasn’t very happy with the start of my year,” Moore said. “I expected more out of myself and couldn’t figure out what was going on. Things really fell into place for me here in New Zealand and it’s a great result for my campaign this year. I’m really excited and looking forward to Sydney.”

In a act of amazing generosity, the event winner, Carissa Moore, donated her $15,000 prize winnings to the local Waitara Bar Boardriders Club.

“I fell in love with New Zealand and I’m fortunate enough to have great support from my family and my sponsors and that puts me in a position to do things like this,” Moore said. “The Haka that the Waitara Bar Boardriders Club performed before the event was beautiful and they’ve really opened up their community and waves to us. For this, I am very thankful.”

Sally Fitzgibbons did not give up without a fight and posted two excellent scores, a 7.50 and an 8.67, but it simply was not enough to claim the win.

“It’s frustrating, but Carissa Moore just went mad in the Final,” Fitzgibbons said. “The waves were really good, and it was an exciting heat. I’m disappointed to not get the win, but it’s still a good result for me.”

Despite her loss in the Final, Fitzgibbons has moved from 5th to 2nd on the ASP Women’s World Tour rankings and still has an excellent chance at the ASP Women’s World Title.

“It matches my best result and I’m sure I’ll be happy with it down the road, but to come so close and not win still stings right now,” Fitzgibbons said. “I feel like I am surfing well and surfing smart and it will happen eventually. To be second on the rankings now is great for me and the goal is to reign in Steph (Gilmore) over the next couple events.”

After eliminating Stephanie Gilmore, Sarah Mason also defeated New Zealand's Paige Hareb in the quarterfinals.

Up next on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour will be the Commonwealth Back Beachley Classic held at Dee Why Point in Sydney, Australia from April 21 through 26, 2010.

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