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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hawaii's Carissa Moore captures pro surf meet in New Zealand

Advertiser Staff

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

ASP World Tour rookie Carissa Moore was nearly perfect in winning the TSB Bank Women’s Surfing Festival at Fitzroy Beach, Taranaki, New Zealand today.

© ASP | Kirstin Scholtz

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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Honolulu's Carissa Moore scored near perfect scores of 9.83 and 9.33 (both out of ten) to defeat Sallt Fitzgibbons of Australia in the final.

© ASP | Kirstin Scholtz

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Carissa Moore of Honolulu turned in a near-perfect final to win the TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival contest today at New Zealand.

The final day of the three-day contest was completed in 3- to 6-foot waves at Fitzroy Beach, Taranaki, New Zealand.

Moore defeated Australia's Sally Fitzgibbons in the one-on-one final, 19.16-16.17.

Moore received a near-perfect score of 9.33 (out of 10) early in the heat to give her a lead she would not relinquish. Midway through the heat, Moore secured the win with a 9.83.

Moore, who is a senior at Punahou School, is in her rookie season on the ASP Women's World Tour. It is her first victory of the year.

Moore won three heats today, including a quarterfinal victory over Wai'anae's Melanie Bartels.

Moore, 17, received $15,000 for the victory, and moved up to No. 6 in the overall rankings for the 2010 ASP Women's World Tour.

Australia's Stephanie Gilmore is ranked No. 1. Bartels is Hawai'i's top-ranked surfer at No. 4.