Carissa Moore Defeats Steph Gilmore at Rip Curl Pro

Eighteen year-old, Carissa Moore beat three-time World Champion, Stephanie Gilmore 17.08 to 8.60. Photo: Joli

Eighteen year-old rookie, Carissa Moore earned her second World Tour victory in Portugal. Photo: Joli

This past Saturday, World Tour rookie Carissa Moore won her second World Tour event, when she defeated three-time world champion, Stephanie Gilmore at the Rip Curl Pro, Portugal. Moore's march to victory wasn’t easy, as she drew World No. 2 Sally Fitzgibbons in the Quarterfinals, Claire Bevilacqua in the Semifinals, and then Gilmore in the Final. But it was Moore's dominant backhand that prevailed and has her now ranked fifth heading into the Rip Curl Pro, Puerto Rico.

After missing the Peru event to attend her high school graduation, Moore made up for lost time—posting heat scores in excess of 15 throughout the event. "I don't have any excuses now without school anymore," said Moore. "It's great to have that extra time to dedicate to surfing and training."

Gilmore struggled to find her rhythm against Moore in the final, but her second-place finish means she can clinch her fourth consecutive World Title in Puerto Rico by getting an equal third or better.

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What is sure to become a common sight, Carissa Moore raising her winning trophy high into the sky. Photo: Joli

What is sure to become a common sight: Carissa Moore lifting the winner's trophy. Photo: Joli

Just moments before Moore goes vertical to earn a score of a 9.17. Photo: Joli

Moore on her way to a score of 8.83 in the semi finals. Photo: Joli

A second place finish may not have been the result Gilmore was looking for, however it all but sealed her fourth consecutive World Title. Photo: Joli

A second-place finish may not have been the result Gilmore was hoping for, but she's now in reach of her fourth consecutive World Tour Title. Photo: Joli

Peniche delivered consistent head-high waves, as history unfolded. Photo: Joli

Peniche did its part by consistently delivering head-high waves. Photo: Joli

Moore putting the final touches in on a stellar performance and rookie campaign. Photo: Joli

Moore putting the final touches on a stellar performance. Photo: Joli

1 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.44
2 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 8.60

SF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.93 def. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 8.80
SF 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.66 def. Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 8.50

QF 1: Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 12.17 def. Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 6.40
QF 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 14.34 def. Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.17
QF 3: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.10 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 13.33
QF 4: Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) 12.00 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.10

ASP WOMEN'S WORLD TITLE RACE TOP 5 (After Rip Curl Pro Portugal):
1. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 5688 pts
2. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 4776 pts
3. Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 4344 pts
4. Silvana Lima (BRA) 4164 pts
5. Carissa Moore (HAW) 3852 pts