Schedule: Women's Quarterfinals (Heats 1-4), Semifinals (Heats 1-2) and Final
Conditions: 2-4 foot (1 metre) waves at Barra Da Tijuca. Full story and coverage coming soon. Catch the ASP heat Blogs HERE
Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.27 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 14.67
Carissa Moore wasted little time in the Final against Sally Fitzgibbons, belting an excellent 8.50 for three big backhand turns and adding a 3.50 to her total shortly afterward. While Fitzgibbons found herself on the ropes quickly, the Australian responded back with a backhand attack of her own, smashing three turns for a near-perfect 9.27.
Moore extended her lead for a frontside snap, improving her bottom score to a 5.83 for one committed frontside snap. The blow-for-blow exchanges continued when Fitzgibbons found another left, combining two backhand snaps for a strong 7.00 and the lead over Moore.
Moore hunted for the 7.83 needed for the win, but was unable to find the score.
Fitzgibbons wins her first WCT event title of the season with her second Rio Women's Pro crown.
"That's what I've been chasing all season," said Fitzgibbons. "It was a hard fought battle and to win again in Rio is so special."
SF 1: Carissa Moore (HAW) 17.97 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 6.00
Carissa Moore built on her Quarterfinals success, unloading three backhand hooks to open her Semifinals campaign against Lakey Peterson with a near-perfect 9.40.
The reigning three-time ASP Women's World Champion stuck to her backhand, threading the needle on a lefthand barrel for a 5.83, leaving Peterson in need of a combination of scores to advance. The Hawaiian's dominance continued when she switched to her forehand, belting two fins-free frontside hacks for an 8.57 and a spot in her third consecutive final of 2014. Moore's 17.97 heat total marked the highest of the event.
SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.17 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 9.80
In an all Aussie affair, Tyler Wright took off in the opening minute of her Seminfinal heat, scoring on a series of forehand turns for a 5.50. Sally Fitzgibbons started to destabilize Wright's early lead, opting to break left on her backhand. A progression of carves with polished rotations brought Fitzgibbons' total a midrange score above the defending event champ as the water went quiet.
A solid set hit the beachbreak at the eight-minute mark. Wright took off first on a large righthander but went over the falls for a wipeout. Fitzgibbons rode the smaller wave at the backend of the set, executing two clean turns before the wave softened. The ride replaced her bottom score with a 6.83 leaving Wright in need of an excellent ride that would ultimately evade her.
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