Carissa Moore Claims Target Maui Pro and 2015 WSL Title
Carissa Moore claimed the Target Maui Pro and 2015 WSL Title during perfect four-to-six foot conditions at Honolua Bay.
The win makes Moore a three-time World Champion and marks her second consecutive title at the Target Maui Pro.
She posted 19.5 points out a possible 20 in the final round, earning a unanimous 10 out of 10 for the win.
“You can never feel it ’til the end and this is definitely the moment,” Moore said in a league press release.
Moore finished ahead of 2015 WSL Runner-Up Courtney Conlogue and Coco Ho.
“Courtney’s been surfing so well, she’s worked so hard and I never counted her out for a moment,” said Moore of Conlogue who couldn’t find the scores she needed to top Coco Ho in the fourth round.
“It’s crazy being in a title race,” said Moore. “There’s so many ups and downs and just to keep that confidence up when you lose. I’ve enjoyed the whole ride and to see it pay off, it was just nice to finish off the season strong last year here. It’s a place I love to surf and it just lit a fire underneath me and got me excited for this season. That was the biggest barrel I’ve ever gotten in competition and I’m just so thankful for everything.”
“I look at Courtney and just see that she’s a fierce competitor, she’s ready, she’s on and was going to go to the final and so I realized I had to go to the final too,” Moore said of Conlogue and their season-long battle. “I had no idea or thought that she was going to go out in Round 4 and well done to Coco – she was surfing so well. It’s really special to be here at home having the local support and support of my family. This morning I had a rattled morning, feeling a little disorganized in my morning surf I just tried to regroup and just had to work through these thoughts. I’m really proud.”
Conlogue also commented in a post-event press release saying, “I think it’s kind of a roller coaster. This whole season has been that way. I put everything out there and gave it my all and today just wasn’t my day. This is my best season so far and I’m going to look back at it and know I could’ve done better – you always can. It’s a bummer and devastating but now that I am where I’m at at the end of the season I just have to move forward and keeping grinding it out to get ready for next year.”
Moore’s 2015 Samsung Galaxy WSL CT Results:
- Roxy Pro Gold Coast: WINNER
- Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach: WINNER
- Women’s Drug Aware Margaret River Pro: 2nd
- Oi Rio Women’s Pro: 3rd
- Fiji Women’s Pro: 9th
- Vans US Open of Surfing: 5th
- Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles: WINNER
- Cascais Women’s Pro: 9th
- Roxy Pro France: 3rd
- Target Maui Pro: WINNER
The 2015 men’s WSL Champion will be decided at the upcoming Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, taking place in Oʻahu. Six contenders from two nations — Mick Fanning (AUS), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Adriano de Souza (BRA), Gabriel Medina (BRA), Owen Wright (AUS) and Julian Wilson (AUS) — are all within striking distance for the world surfing crown.