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Past event winner and five-time World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) has reclaimed the yellow Leader jersey after an incredible Qualifying Round heat win. Moore looked solid on the rights and lefts, hammering a series of critical turns and earning a heat total of 16.26 (out of a possible 20). Her strong start puts her in a great position on her campaign to secure another event win here at the Surf Ranch. 

“I feel really grateful that I have a great team,” said Moore. “My coach and my husband are here, and some of my really close friends and family are here to support so that love really helps. I think the hardest part about the pool, like Kelly (Slater) said earlier, is just being present and at peace. It’s finding that happy place when you know that train starts coming at you.”

Photo: Johanne Defay  Pat Nolan/WSL

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