Moore qualifies for Olympics
Honolulu surfer earns spot after eliminating Macedo at Maui Pro
The Maui News
Carissa Moore is headed to Tokyo.
The 27-year-old surfer from Honolulu provisionally qualified for the U.S. Olympic team for next year’s Tokyo Games by advancing to the quarterfinals of the Lululemon Maui Pro on Sunday at Honolua Bay.
“I am honored to be going to the Olympics next year and representing the U.S.,” the three-time World Surf League world champion was quoted as saying in a WSL press release. “I haven’t even let myself dream about it because I wanted to make it and then finally dream about it. I am excited to go home and celebrate with my family. More work to do tomorrow for finals day but overall I am so grateful and happy.”
Moore, whose selection to the team is subject to nomination by the U.S. Olympic Committee, earned one of two women’s spots on the U.S. team for surfing’s Olympic debut because she is guaranteed to finish in the top two on the WSL Championship Tour, which ends with the Maui Pro. She entered the Honolua competition with a slight lead over Lakey Peterson of California and Caroline Marks of Florida in the points standings — Marks also advanced to the quarterfinals Sunday, while Peterson was eliminated by Australia’s Tyler Wright in the round of 16.
With Peterson’s elimination and her heat win, the 17-year-old Marks grabbed the other U.S. Olympic team spot.
Also earning Olympic spots Sunday were Silvana Lima of Brazil and Oahu’s Brisa Hennessy, who will represent Costa Rica.
Moore started the day with a win over fellow Oahu surfer Coco Ho and Lahaina’s Summer Macedo in the first round. Moore, the defending Maui Pro champion, produced a score of 11.83 that was good enough to beat Ho (8.87) and Macedo (4.23).
Macedo stayed alive by placing second in her elimination-round heat, her 7.57 beating out the 1.54 by Australia’s Keely Andrew. Marks won that heat with a 15.83.
Macedo’s run at Honolua ended in the round of 16, where she again met Moore. The world title frontrunner topped Macedo 14.43-5.93.
Joining Moore, Marks and Wright in the quarterfinals are Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons, Nikki Van Dijk and Stephanie Gilmore, Brazil’s Tatiana Weston-Webb and France’s Johanne Defay.
Finals day could run today, conditions permitting. First call is at 7 a.m.
WSL Lululemon Maui Pro
At Honolua Bay
Heat 1–1. Macy Callaghan 8.00, 2. Nikki Van Dijk 5.83, 3. Caroline Marks 5.10.
Heat 2–1. Lakey Peterson 13.10, 2. Silvana Lima 10.40, 3. Tyler Wright 9.64.
Heat 3–1. Carissa Moore 11.83, 2. Coco Ho 8.87, 3. Summer Macedo 4.23.
Heat 4–1. Sally Fitzgibbons 8.07, 2. Paige Hareb 7.47, 3. Brissa Hennessy 7.33.
Heat 5–1. Stephanie Gilmore 12.33, 2. Malia Manuel 6.67, 3. Keely Andrew 6.30.
Heat 6–1. Bronte Macaulay 15.67, 2. Tatiana Weston-Webb 10.57, 3. Johanne Defay 10.07.
Heat 1–1. Marks 15.83, 2. Macedo 7.57, 3. Andrew 1.54.
Heat 2–1. Wright 13.77, 2. Defay 9.40, 3. Hennessy 9.17.
Round of 16
Heat 1–Fitzgibbons def. Hareb 14.27-8.16.
Heat 2–Weston-Webb def. Callaghan 12.63-11.33.
Heat 3–Wright def. Peterson 12.67-11.60.
Heat 4–Defay def. Macaulay 14.46-3.94.
Heat 5–Moore def. Macedo 14.43-5.93.
Heat 6–Van Dijk def. Manuel 13.00-10.46.
Heat 7–Marks def. Ho 12.53-9.50.
Heat 8–Gilmore def. Lima 10.50-4.23.
Heat 1–Fitzgibbons vs. Weston-Webb.
Heat 2–Wright vs. Defay.
Heat 3–Moore vs. Van Dijk.
Heat 4–Marks vs. Gilmore.