Carissa Moore Wins Billabong Rio Pro, Gilmore Knocked Out of ASP World Title Race
Check out the video with the best surfing of the Billabong Girls Rio Pro's final day. Barra delivered some really clean waves in the morning and consistent surf throughout the day.
BARRA DA TIJUCA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Sunday, May 15, 2011) - Carissa Moore, has claimed the Billabong Rio Pro, stop No. 5 of 7 on the 2011 ASP Women's World Title Season, over Sally Fitzgibbons, in punchy two-to-four foot (1 metre) waves in a hard-fought Final at Barra Da Tijuca.
The electrifying action of the final day of women's competition at Barra da Tijuca culminated in dramatic fashion with the world's best female surfers going toe-to-toe with the highly-coveted 2011 ASP Women's World Title on the line.
Moore and Fitzgibbons nearly matched scores on their opening accounts, but the young Hawaiian notched a solid 8.10 midway through the heat with polished backhand surfing on a lefthander that proved to be enough to solidify Moore's third elite event victory of the 2011 season.
Stephanie Gilmore, reigning four-time ASP World Champion, was lethal in her Quarterfinals heat against Laura Enever (AUS), 19, but was unable to find the score needed to surpass Fitzgibbons in their Semifinals matchup, finishing Equal 3rd overall.
"It was tough work out there," Gilmore said. "Sally (Fitzgibbons) got a couple and I had some opportunities. I only needed a six and was too deep on that wave that came in at the end. Sally's in the zone right now."
Gilmore, who made surfing history by winning four ASP Women's World Titles in four consecutive attempts, was knocked out of the 2011 ASP Women's World Title race today, with her failure to advance past Fitzgibbons and into the Final. This historic moment in women's sport proved emotional for the Australian icon.
"I'm going through so many emotions right now, it's hard," Gilmore said. "It's been a pretty good year and Sally and Carissa (Moore) have been on fire. It's good for the sport and good for me. I really don't know what to say."
Silvana Lima (BRA), 26, put on an impressive performance in front of her hometown crowd to match her best result of 2011. The talented Brazilian finished behind Carissa Moore in their Semifinals matchup and was happy to tie her best result of the season at her home event.
"I'm so excited to have matched my best result in front of my home crowd," Lima said. "Of course I wanted to make the Final, but I'm so happy with my result and thanks to everyone for all of the support."
The Billabong Rio Pro men's waiting period runs from May 11 through 22 and is webcast LIVE via http://www.billabongpro.com