Carissa Moore Leads Gidget Pro Sunset Beach

Carissa Moore Gidget Pro Sunset Beach

Carissa Moore (above) Dominates Day 1 Of Gidget Pro Sunset Beach; Men Get Underway Where Joel Centeio Continues Dream Run at O’Neill World Cup of Surfing

Sunset Beach, Oahu, HI (Fri. Nov. 27, 2009) – Seventeen year-old Carissa Moore set a blistering pace on the opening day of the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach – the sixth of seven stops on the ASP Women’s World Tour, and the second leg of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink.

Gidget Pro Sunset Beach Day 1 Video Highlights

The Gidget Pro Sunset Beach completed Round 1 and 2 today in solid six foot (2 metre) surf today and Moore led the world’s finest female surfers into the Quarterfinals with the highest scores of day one.

The Gidget Pro Sunset Beach not only plays a crucial role in all surfers’ quests for the ASP Women’s World Title and requalification for the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour, but also marks the second stop on the prestigious Vans Triple Crown. Moore has already locked in a spot on the ASP Women’s Tour for her first full season in 2010.

Moore earned her advancement into the Gidget Pro with a solid win in the trials heat, eliminating fellow 2010 ASP Women’s Tour rookie Lee Ann Curren (FRA), 20.

“I’m super stoked to have made it into the main event and I was really looking forward to it,” Moore said. “I knew it was going to be a tough heat because the girls I was surfing against, I’ve grown up with, and they have been ripping really hard. Sunset’s really shifty and hard, but I just tried to do my best and have fun.”

Moore dove into her Round 1 heat by posting the day’s highest total of 14.83 out of 20 by combining an aggressive forehand attack with polished, swooping forehand carves on the solid Sunset Beach surf to take out the heat win over reigning two-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), 21, who advanced in second.

“I was a little nervous going into the trials and I’m always a little nervous going into every heat,” Moore said. “I’ve been surfing a lot out here (Sunset) with Pancho (Sullivan) and it’s been fun, so it was great to have that first Trials heat under my belt before surfing against Steph (Gilmore).”

Gilmore locked in one solid wave in her opening bout against the young Hawaiian phenom, proving to be enough for second place and a crucial Quarterfinals berth. The Australian champ is also looking forward to seeing Moore on next year’s ASP Women’s World Tour as a full-time competitor.

“Carissa got the best waves and she’s got local legend Pancho Sullivan helping her out,” Gilmore said. “I’m definitely looking to have her on tour next year. She deserves to be on tour. She’s an incredible surfer and has a great personality and I’m sure she’ll push the girls even more.”

Gilmore is currently leading the tight ASP Women’s World Title race at the moment and would love to wrap up her third consecutive crown at Sunset Beach, but knows the task will be no easy feat.

“It’d be nice to sew it up here at Sunset, but it’s going to be pretty difficult,” Gilmore said. “It’s really close and I doubt it’ll wrap up here, but you never know.”

Malia Manuel (HAW), 16, issued the upset of the day when she eliminated former ASP Women’s World Champion Sofia Mulanovich (PER), 26, from Round 2 competition, significantly hindering the Peruvian’s chances at a repeat title in 2009.

Manuel, along with Moore, was another trialist to advance into the Quarterfinals today, and although she has little experience at Sunset Beach, she’s looking to capitalize on the experience gained at the premier break to further her blossoming career.

MEN’S COMPETITION UPDATE: The dream run of Reef Hawaiian Pro champion Joel Centeio continued today as he advanced through the round of 128 of the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing – stop #2 of the men’s Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. Centeio posted the top individual wave score today and remains undefeated in the 2009 Vans Triple Crown, having won all seven heats he surfed at Haleiwa, and now his opener at Sunset Beach.

“There’s a little bit of pressure because I really want to (win the Vans Triple Crown) for Hawaii,” said Centeio, 26.”At the same time, this is a new event, starting from round one and I just wand to stay focused and get busy in the heats. I’m really excited.”

Centeio posted a top ride of 8.5 out of 10 and finished with a final two-wave heat score of 13.0.

The only surfer to score higher in the first round was Uruguay’s Marco Giorgi, with 13.57 points. Giorgi is also through to the round of 96. He eliminated one of Hawaii’s most promising talents, Hank Gaskell, who won the ASP 2-star World Qualifying Series rated Xcel Pro just a few weeks back.

Coming up in the next men’s round will be Tanner Gudauskas (CA), Nathan Yeomans (CA), Drew Courtney (Aus), Brandon Jackson (Sth Africa), and Andy and Bruce Irons (HI).

The Gidget Pro Sunset Beach & O’Neill World Cup of Surfing officials will reconvene tomorrow for a 7am to make a call on the day’s proceedings. For all of the LIVE action log on to www.triplecrownofsurfing.com. Find out the call for the day, each day, as soon as it’s made by Director Randy Rarick by signing up for mobile text alerts at triplecrownofsurfing.com. When competition resumes, all the action will be broadcast live on the web at triplecrownofsurfing.com, as well as on Hawaii television on Oceanic channel 250.

Making the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing presented by Rockstar Energy Drink possible: Reef, O’Neill, Billabong, Gidget Worldwide, Nixon, Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaiian Airlines, JN Automotive Group, Surfing Magazine, Surfline.com, FUEL TV, The Honolulu Advertiser, Hawaiian Springs Water, Road Runner, Climb On! chemical-free skincare, and the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP). The Series is proud to announce that it is working with local company Tr3ees to embark upon a greener, more sustainable future.

GIDGET PRO SUNSET BEACH RESULTS:
ROUND 2: (1st, 2nd and 3rd advance)
Heat 1: Melanie Bartels (HAW) 10.87, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 9.50, Coco Ho (HAW) 8.14, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 6.97, Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 6.80
Heat 2: Malia Manuel (HAW) 9.23, Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 8.90, Laurina McGrath (AUS) 6.80 (AUS) 6.80, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 6.70, Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 6.26

ROUND 1: (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 8, Bruna Schmitz (BRA) 5.57, Coco Ho (HAW) 5.07, Laurina McGrath (AUS) 4.47
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.83, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 8.90, Rebecca Woods (AUS) 8.23, Jacqueline Silva (BRA) 1.53
Heat 3: Heat 3 Results: Megan Abubo (HAW) 12.66, Chelsea Hedges (AUS) 8.50, Melanie Bartels (HAW) 6.77, Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS) 6.60
Heat 4: Silvana Lima (BRA) 9.17, Samantha Cornish (AUS) 8.24, Malia Manuel (HAW) 7.00, Rosanne Hodge (ZAF) 6.20
Heat 5: Alana Blanchard (HAW) 9.60, Paige Hareb (NZL) 8.90, Bethany Hamilton (HAW) 8.84, Sofia Mulanovich (PER) 2.07

TRIALS: (1st and 2nd advance)
Heat 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.93, Malia Manuel (HAW) 10.67, Leila Hurst (HAW) 8.20, Lee Ann Curren (FRA) 8.04

O’NEILL WORLD CUP OF SURFING RESULTS:
O’Neill World Cup of Surfing
ROUND of 128 (1st & 2nd advance)
H1: Ola Eleogram (HAW), Gavin Gillette (HAW), Hizunome Bettero (BRA), Brent Dorrington (AUS)
H2: Torrey Meister (HAW), Bernardo Miranda (BRA), Derek Ho (HAW), Paulo Mauro (BRA)
H3: Rudy Palboom (ZAF), Kieran Horn (USA), Heat Joske (AUS), Christophe Allary (REU)
H4: Damien Fahrenfort (ZAF), Blake Wilson (AUS), Brian Toth (PRI), Kevin Sullivan (HAW)
H5: Marco Giorgi (URY), Brad Ettinger (USA), Hank Gaskell (HAW), Masatoshi Ohno (JPN)
H6: Shane Beschen (HAW), Eric Geiselman (USA), Jack Perry (AUS), Jay Davies (AUS)
H7: Joel Centeio (HAW), Neco Padaratz (BRA), Izuki Tanaka (JPN), Danny Fuller (HAW)
H8: Renato Galva(BRA), Evan Valiere (HAW), Raoni Monteiro (BRA), Kiron Jabour (HAW)