2011 was a definitely a year to remember for surf star, Carissa Moore...
Youngest ever ASP world surfing champion, first Hawaiian to win the world title since 1981, first female to be invited to surf against the men in the Triple Crown of Surfing, winner of the Surfer Poll 2011 Awards, and nominated for National Geographic's Adventurer of the Year award. Not a bad year for Carissa, who followed up her third place last season in her rookie year by winning the world title after an absorbing battle with fellow Red Bull surfer, Sally Fitzgibbons.
The big event
The Roxy Pro Biarritz was where the 2011 ASP Women's World Championship was sealed in Carissa's favour after she made the final, while Sally was defeated in the semi finals by last year's world champion, Stephanie Gilmore. The event was, incredibly, Moore's sixth final appearance in a row on the ASP Women's World Tour and she was only denied a clean sweep in the seventh and final event of the season, the US Open of Surfing. Carissa was taken down by 14.67 points to 14.60 by Lakey Peterson in the semi finals at Huntington Beach, California.
Watch Carissa take on Sally in the final of the Billabong Rio Pro in this video..
Best quote of the year
“I've been thinking about this since I was a little girl. Just to be here right now and being world champ is pretty crazy. I dreamed of surfing at this level my whole life since I was a little kid and I don’t think you can ever expect or anticipate the feeling."
Carissa said after collecting her first world crown in Biarritz.
Carissa on her way to the title in the Billabong Rio Pro Final in May.
and below, she toughs out some big surf in Biarritz ahead of claiming her first world crown.
We love this image of Carissa in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca, in Mexico taken by Brent Bielmann.
What’s next in 2012?
How do you top all of that? We're not sure that Carissa can improve upon an almost perfect season, but you can be sure she'll be looking to better her haul of three event wins next year. Her battle with Sally and the rest of the new breed of female surfers looks all set to be a fierce one in the seven ASP Women's World Tour events in 2012.