Carissa Moore, one of the most talented young female competitors to ever hit the surfing circuit, added another entry to her long list of wins yesterday, taking top honors at the Billabong Junior Pro in Memory of Ronnie Burns at Sunset Beach. Moore, currently a senior in high school in Hawaii, dominated the competition – she was the only surfer to score an 8 or above, and she did it on every wave she hit.
“I knew all the girls were surfing really well so I just wanted to go out there and try my best and have fun, and just push it the hardest that I could,” says Moore. She earned $1,200 and a qualifying spot for the Billabong World Junior Championships in Australia in January, but she says she won’t be attending the event in order to concentrate on school. After a successful year in the ASP’s World Qualifying Series, Moore, 17, has already earned her place among the elite on the 2010 ASP Women’s World Tour.