MARGARET RIVER, WA/Australia (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 808 was well represented in the waters off Australia Saturday. 2011 ASP women's champion Carissa Moore won her first ASP title in over a year, claiming the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro.
Moore defeated Aussie Tyler Wright 11.00-6.94 to lock up the win.
"I'm feeling really, really amazing right now!" the Oahu native told ASP.com, "I'm stoked to walk away with the win and to be up on the podium again. I didn't win an event last year, and it was hard for me, but it definitely fired me up. It's only been two events and it's already looking like it will be a close ASP Women's World Title race, but there are girls who didn't make it to the final day who are capable of causing upsets and winning events. It will be really interesting to see how it all pans out."
On the men's side, Maui's Dusty Payne won the first ASP title of his career. The 22-year old defeated Josh Kerr 16.36-13.20 in the final heat.
"I've never won anything before, this is sick!" Payne told ASP.com. "This is my first major win and this is an awesome event. I'm so glad to win in Western Australia, I love it over here! I was in good rhythm at the event, which never happens, lucky I guess. I'm just so stoked right now. I was injured for half of last year and had to sit on the sidelines and watch my friends surf and win events, and now here I am. It feels great."