EDP Cascais Girls Pro is go & ASP World Title battlers Tyler Wright and Carissa Moore both win their heats

Quik Pro blah blah the real big surf contest news this weekend is of course the ASP Women’s World Title 2013 showdown between If you need a little recap on where things stand points wise: Carissa and Tyler are separated by just 200 points on the leader board. Carissa lies in first on 54,700 points with Tyler on 54,500 so whoever places higher this weekend will win the ASP Women’s World Tour 2013. BOOM! By winning in Hossegor last week, Sally Fitzgibbons did give herself a lifeline though it’s a teeny one. She’d need to win the EDP Cascais taking her from 49, 400 points to 59, 400 though she’d also need Carissa and Tyler to both suffer an unprecedented loss of form and finish no higher than ninth which is as unlikely as um Bodhi’s fabled 50 year storm from Point Break showing up on Brighton beach this weekend (though how good would that be!).

The EDP Cascais kicked off this morning with both Carissa and Tyler winning their Round 1 heats with ease, Carissa against Malia Manuel and Teresa Bonvolet (the 13 year old wild card shown below, YES just 13!!), and Tyler against Sofia Mulanovich and Alana Blanchard (who whether she likes it or not may be the surfer girl fantasy incarnate for millions of dudes worldwide but she still needs a big score to stay on the ASP World Tour next year).

At yesterday’s press conference Carissa had this to say about the contest:

I’m happy to be back to this area – it is very beautiful and has wonderful culture. I’m stoked that we get to finish off the tour here. The waves can be really fun and challenging and I’m looking for a strong finish to end the year.

And this on the title showdown:

I’ve thought about it more than Tyler (Wright) but I’m excited. I’m here to have fun and surf. I have to admit that I really want it (the world title) because my dad promised me a puppy.

And Tyler Wright had this to say on the title run in:

I don’t really think about it. Numbers don’t really matter to me. I love to see the girls surfing and pushing the limits. I’m here to surf and have fun and experience Portugal. Let’s see what the week brings

Game on! You can watch the action live here tomorrow, next call is 7am UK time and we’ll post updates as we get them too. This is Teresa the 13 year old wild card entry btw too, what were we doing when we were 13…um…really nothing at all!

Watch the video highlights from Day 1 here:

On the subject of point-scoring and contests you might also enjoy this piece on rethinking how we measure “good surfing”.


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