Today marked a major upset in the quarterfinal round of the ASP World Championship Tour’s Fiji Pro in Tavarua.
Top-ranked Carissa Moore, who had finished no lower than third in her five previous events of 2014, was stunned by Australian rookie Dimity Stoyle.
The defending world champion’s season-low score of 6.70, was upended by just a point and-a-half.
That rendered the last local girl standing as Kauai’s Malia Manuel. Having impressed the entire week in Fiji, the 2012 rookie of the year advanced into the semifinals for the first time in two years.
However, she did so with a cast on her right arm, after suffering what tour doctors have called a significant wrist injury in her round-four victory. Manuel injured the wrist while taking a spill on the shallow Restaurant’s break.
The 20-year-old beat Johanne Defay in the quarterfinal, but couldn’t get past eventual champion Sally Fitzgibbons in the final four.
Manuel fell by a score of 14.24 to 8.86, landing in third place, her best showing of the year. The finish moves her into 5th in the updated world tour rankings, while Moore will keep the coveted yellow jersey at number one.
World Championship Tour Rankings:
1.) Carissa Moore – 39,700 points
2.) Sally Fitzgibbons – 38,200 points
3.) Stephanie Gilmore – 32,750 points
4.) Tyler Wright – 31,000 points
5.) Malia Manuel – 25,400 points
6.) Bianca Buitendag – 23,450 points
7.) Lakey Peterson – 21,700 points
8.) Dimity Stoyle – 20,050 points
9.) Laura Enever – 18,750 points
10.) Coco Ho – 17,200 points