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In Hawaii vs. Florida Showdown, Carissa Moore Beats Caroline Marks To Win Pro France Surfing Title

By Karen Price | Oct. 11, 2019, 12:22 p.m. (ET)

Carissa Moore celebrating her first victory of the season at the Roxy Pro France event on Oct. 11, 2019 in Hossegor, France.


Surfer Carissa Moore disappeared into the tube, wave breaking to the right, only to reappear moments later with her arms thrust straight into the air in celebration.

On her next wave, she vanished into another barrel, this time riding to the left, then popped out, turned her board back toward the ocean and sunk into the water.

With those two high-scoring rides on Friday, the world No. 1 won the Roxy Pro France and got closer to locking down the World Surf League Women’s Championship Tour title. Moore, 27, from Honolulu, Hawaii, scored an 8.60 on her top-scoring right wave and a 9.00 on her next ride for a total of 17.60 to beat fellow American Caroline Marks, who scored a total of 7.00.

Friday’s final pitted two of the top-ranked female surfers in the world against one another.

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Now a three-time Roxy Pro winner, Moore advanced to the final after beating fellow American and No. 2-ranked Lakey Peterson in the semifinals with a score of 9.83.

Marks, who is from Melbourne Beach, Florida, earned her spot in the final with a win over France’s Johanne Defay in the semifinals with a score of 12.77. This was her first final since beating Moore in the Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast in the season-opening event in April, which was also the 17-year-old’s first win on the Championship Tour. She’d been getting closer to win No. 2, however, with a pair of third-place finishes in the past two events heading into the Roxy Pro France.

In one of those, the Corona Open J-Bay, Moore defeated Marks in the semifinal. Moore went on to claim her first victory of the season but 22nd all-time on the Championship Tour heading into Friday’s final. Moore has finished no lower than fifth with eight of 10 events completed and is looking for her fourth world title and her first since 2015.

Surfing will make its Olympic debut next summer at the Tokyo Games. Eight women will qualify via the Championship Tour rankings, including up to two Americans. Following Friday’s result, Moore remains in first, followed by Peterson in second and Marks moving up a spot into fourth.

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