In perfect conditions yesterday at Honolua Bay, Carissa Moore won both the Target Maui Open and her third world surfing title. After her main rival Courtney Conlogue was beaten in the fourth round, Moore clinched the title and then added some icing on the cake with an incredible finals win over Sally Fitzgibbons.
At just 23 years of age Moore is now already heading to legendary status and has Layne Beachley’s record seven world titles in her sight. Here we look at eight reasons why the Hawaiian is the 2015 World Champion.
1) She got off to a blistering start…
While Moore wrapped up her title win with a convincing victory at the Target Maui Pro, it was way back in February that her blistering start set up her title run. She won the first two events of the year at Snapper Rocks and Bells Beach, and backed it up with runner-up finishes in Margaret River.
Her main rival Courtney Conlogue came back in the middle of the year, but it was Carissa’s form on the Australian leg that ultimately set up her victory.