HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three-time World Surf League champion Carissa Moore looked to defend her 2015 title at the Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach this week. Moore advanced to the quarterfinals for a heavyweight showdown with six-time WSL champion Stephanie Gilmore. The Honolulu native surfed a near-perfect heat finishing with a 19.23 total and eliminating Gilmore via combination.
From there, Moore drew Sally Fitzgibbons, a former two-time champion at the Rip Curl Women's Pro, in the semi-finals of the event. Unfortunately, it was Moore who was forced to bow out of the contest this time around. She put up a respectable 15.37 score, but it was Fitzgibbons' impressive 9.33 first wave that put her in the drivers seat for the rest of the heat.
Kauai's Tatiana Weston-Webb was eliminated by Courtney Conlogue in the 2nd semifinal.
Conlogue went on to defeat Fitzgibbons and capture the Rip Curl Women's Pro.
The waiting period for the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Western Australia is from April 8th-19th.