Carissa Moore in Hawaii Jason Kenworthy/Red Bull Photofiles

Teenage surfing sensation Carissa Moore goes into the Billabong Pro Maui looking to build on her maiden ASP Women’s World Tour win at the Gidget Pro Sunset Beach.

The 17-year-old from Hawaii hit the headlines last week after coming through the trials to earn the right to compete with the world’s top female surfers. And she knows that she will have to come through the trials once again if she is to get the chance to take on freshly crowned three-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore at Honolua Bay (December 8-20).

“I’m still so excited about Sunset and I’m looking forward to Maui," says Moore. "I don’t get over to Maui much; there are going to be some local girls charging and I’m not that familiar with the break. I know it’s not going to be easy, but I’m excited about the challenge of surfing with the girls.”

The teenager, who will be a rookie on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour, has already made a huge impression on the occasions she has competed with the world’s top surfers, courtesy of wildcard and trials entries. She is hoping to pick up valuable experience in the remaining two events on the 2009 season’s calendar before she steps up next year.

“I’m excited about next year and thrilled that I can surf in these last two Hawaiian events," she says. "It’s nice to compete in these World Tour events without having the pressure of ratings, but I know next year will be a clean slate when I get to Snapper Rocks."

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