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Hawaii’s Carissa Moore Scores Only Perfect 10 Of The Season To Close Women’s Surfing Championship Tour With Win

By Karen Price | Nov. 27, 2018, 10:55 p.m. (ET)

Carissa Moore competes at the Beachwater Maui Pro on Nov. 27, 2018 in Maui, Hawaii.


Three-time world surfing champion Carissa Moore had the perfect finish to the 2018 season.

Moore scored a perfect 10 – the only one of the season – on the last wave of the final heat to win the Beachwaver Maui Pro on Tuesday at Honolua Bay in Maui, Hawaii. It was the final women’s competition of the year on the World Surf League Women’s Championship Tour. 

Moore finished with a score of 18.67 in the final against fellow Hawaiian Malia Manuel, who scored a total of 14.67 points. In international surfing, Hawaii competes as its own entity.

Moore was in the zone all day but truly peaked at the right moment, finishing off the year with a flourish.

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She began the day with the quarterfinals taking on New Zealand’s Paige Hareb and advanced with a score of 14.66. Then in the semifinal, Moore paddled out with California’s Courtney Conlogue, a two-time runner-up to the world title. Moore’s 15.67 put her through to the final against Manuel, who beat Stephanie Gilmore of Australia in the other semifinal to set up an all-Hawaii final.

During the early rounds on Monday, Gilmore clinched her seventh World Surf League title and her first since 2014. She was also the four-time defending Maui Pro champion.

Moore, who finishes the season ranked third in the world behind Gilmore and California’s Lakey Peterson, brought it home in the final heat. The victory was her second of the year following a win at the Surf Ranch Pro in September.

Surfing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo in 2020.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.