|Brisa Hennessy (CRI), 2019 CT Rookie, opened today’s competition with a massive upset over Carissa Moore (HAW), the three-time WSL Champion. The matchup was one of most exciting of the event thus far with a back-and-forth battle between the rookie and the veteran. Despite a strong start from Hennessy, Moore had Hennessy on the ropes in the dying minutes needing an 8.07 (out of a possible 10). In the final minute, Hennessy dropped a critical 8.37, surpassing the requirement and earning her career-first Semifinal entry.
“I knew I had to bring it in a heat against Carissa (Moore),” Hennessy said. “She has been my idol since I started surfing, so I knew it was going to be a crazy battle and that I was going to have to bring my surfing because she was going to bring hers and be incredible no matter what. It was honestly just an honor be out there surfing against her in a heat. I was so grateful that that wave showed up out of the blue and came to me. I knew I had to do some big turns all the way to the end. I’m really excited to be here surfing Keramas and to now be in the Semifinals.”
“In that heat I struggled with wave selection,” Moore said. “Brisa (Hennessy) got four really good waves where I struggled to find more than one. I’m glad I got to open up on a few and show my progressive surfing but just wished I got a few more good waves. I’m looking forward to heading to Margaret River and seeing my husband for the first time in a while. I’m stoked to have put on a good performance here and now head to the next event.”