Hawaii's Moore Claims Third Win at Roxy Pro France, Solidifies Rankings Lead
Stops No. 8 and 9 on the women and men’s 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) respectively, the Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro France, have been graced with excellent conditions, and featured amazing performances on both the thumping shore break of La Graviere and the long open walls of La Nord. The events culminated on a picture-perfect beach day in France to crown Flores and Moore in Hossegor.
3X WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) claims an astonishing 23rd win on the Championship Tour, further cementing her name alongside surfing’s greats. In an incredibly consistent season, the Hawaiian has made the Quarterfinals or better at each of the year’s eight stops, and won two of them. Chasing a fourth World Title, Moore distanced herself from Lakey Peterson (USA) with her win in France and will be hard to beat as the season heads to the final stops in Portugal and in her home nation of Hawaii.
“It’s been a pretty special year so far,” said Moore. “I feel like I’m learning so much, every step of the way, at every event and every year. This was definitely a special event, being able to share it with my husband and Mitch Ross, I have an incredible team of people behind me, my family and friends, my sponsors and the fans who were incredible.”
The current Jeep Yellow Leader Jersey Moore came into the Final against Caroline Marks (USA), bearing the confidence of two previous wins in Hossegor and it showed when the Hawaiian stepped up her game to start locking in deep La Graviere barrels. Moore started on her forehand with a clean tube scored 8.60 to take a strong lead. While Marks struggled to find her own waves, Moore continued to build momentum and eventually found an even bigger, longer and more technical barrel on her backhand this time to belt a 9.00 point ride and take the event out.
“It was so cool I’ve actually never spent much time surfing La Graviere,” she continued. “I didn’t have any expectations and when I got those two barrels I was elated and to share it with the crowds that were just a few feet away from me was special. ”
After a breakout rookie season last year, Caroline Marks (USA) continues to impress with dominant performances in all types of conditions as she demonstrated in France this past week. She earlier eliminated the 2018 event winner Courtney Conlogue (USA), and local favorite Johanne Defay (FRA) on her way to the Final. This result pushes the 17-year-old American up to 4th on the Jeep Leaderboard.
“It’s been an unreal event,” said Marks. “Thank’s to all the fans and congratulations to Jeremy, Italo and Carissa, it’s been such an incredible event and thank’s everyone from Roxy for their awesome support. I’m super stoked.”