The last event of the World Surf League Women’s Tour began in Hawaii overnight.
The Target Maui Pro will decide the 2015 World Champion in a two-horse race between Hawaiian two-time world champ Carissa Moore, and Huntington Beach challenger Courtney Conlogue.
Both surfers have performed well in the dominant right-handers of Honolua Bay over the past few seasons, with Moore going in as defending champ and Conlogue having scored a perfect ten in last year’s event.
Moore is just 900 points ahead going into the event, meaning whoever places higher will become world champ, but the Hawaiian is inspired to perform in front of her home crowd.
“I still see it as that I’m an underdog,” Moore said to World Surf League. “This [race] is so close that both of us have heats to make and work to do. Even though I have the yellow jersey, I’m not even really thinking about it.”
“I like that coming-from-behind feeling, and I’m not letting my guard down or getting complacent. I have a lot of work to do.”
Aussie starlet Sally Fitzgibbons is the third seed, who will be riding a wave of love after becoming engaged to NRL player Trent Merrin. Six-time world champ Steph Gilmore has withdrawn from the event with an ongoing leg injury.
The event will standby through light conditions before a swell is due over the weekend. – Jackson Barron.
Top photo of Conlogue finding form in Maui over the weekend from Courtney Conlogue’s Facebook page.