Carissa Granted Wildcard to Men’s Events

World Champ will surf the Men's division at the 2011 Vans Triple Crown

She proved this year that she could take out all the women, and come November Carissa Moore will try her luck on the men's side. Photo: Kenworthy

ASP Women's World Champion and Hawaii's own Carissa Moore will line up as the lone lady against the best male surfers in the world at the 2011 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

Moore, who’s won the Quiksilver King of the Groms against an all-male field and scored a 10 in a Men’s WQS in Mexico in 2007, was granted the ASP Hawaii wildcard for both the Reef Hawaiian Pro and the Vans World Cup to compete in a field of more than 200 surfers. Due to lack of sponsors, there is no women's series this year--the 2011 ASP Women's World Tour wrapped at the U.S. Open in August.

"I wasn’t planning on doing any of the events at all," said Moore. "I maybe threw the idea out and joked about it to my dad, but never thought it would become reality."

Moore is no stranger to contests on the North Shore--she's been competing in the Vans Triple Crown since she was 12, notching women's event victories at Haleiwa and Sunset Beach along the way.

"I feel so honored for even the thought, let alone the opportunity, to compete with the guys on the North Shore," Moore added. "I think I am definitely going to keep my expectations low and anything better I will be stoked with."

The 29th Annual Vans Triple Crown is the final stop of the Men's ASP World Tour. The series will run Nov. 12 through Dec. 20 on the North Shore of Oahu.