The Roxy Pro Trials have been completed in 1-metre surf at Snapper Rocks with Hawaiian Carissa Moore receiving the final seed into the Roxy Pro.
The women's final was a hard-fought bout between up-and-comers Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Arini Mason (NZL), powerbroker Laurina McGrath (AUS) and last year's Roxy Pro runner-up Carissa Moore (HAW). Although Fitzgibbons opened up to a strong lead early on, it was the Hawaiian who answered back with the only perfect 10 of the day and put her competitors on the ropes.
"Snapper is such a good wave and I am always stoked to surf here," Moore said. "I felt a little bit of pressure earlier today, but after the first two heats I felt pretty good." Moore will open up her 2008 Roxy Pro campaign against reigning ASP Women's World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) in her Round 1 heat.
"I've never competed against Stephanie (Gilmore) before, but I have enjoyed watching her a lot," Moore said. "She had a really good year last season so I'm just stoked to have the opportunity and I look forward to it."
The Roxy Pro kicks off the 2008 ASP Women's World Tour season. Event organizers will convene today at 7am to assess the conditions and make the official call for the day.
Roxy Pro Trials Final Results 1 Carrissa Moore (HAW) 15.60 2 Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 15.40 3 Arini Mason (NZL) 13.75 4 Laurina McGrath (AUS) 8.65
Roxy Pro Round 1 Match-Ups Heat 1: Layne Beachley (AUS), Rebecca Woods (AUS), Serena Brooke (AUS) Heat 2: Samantha Cornish (AUS), Melanie Bartels (HAW), Nicola Atherton (AUS) Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Jacqueline Silva (BRA), Carissa Moore (HAW) Heat 4:Sofia Mulanovich (PER), Rosanne Hodge (ZAF), Claire Bevilacqua (AUS) Heat 5: Silvana Lima (BRA), Megan Abubo (HAW), Julia de la Rosa Toro (PER) Heat 6: Amee Donohoe (AUS), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Karina Petroni (USA)