The top female surfers in the world are already in Taranaki, New Zealand for the fourth stop on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour. The TSB Bank NZ Surf Festival featuring the Dow AgroSciences Pro has a waiting period beginning April 3rd to the 7th .
Current ASP Women’s WCT world number one and 2011 World Champion Carissa Moore looks forward to competing in New Zealand because it serves as a special place in her career accomplishments.
“I really love New Zealand,” Moore said. “I had my first WCT win here as a rookie on tour and it is a special place for me. The waves can really turn on at Taranaki and I’m looking forward to returning there and seeing all my friends. I’ve had a good start to the season, but it’s still a long road ahead and I just have to stay focused on the job at hand.”
22 year old Pauline Ado (FRA) will face the former world champion in round one of the event.
Tyler Wright (AUS) is close behind Moore, with a win on the Gold Coast and runner up results at both Margaret River and Bells Beach.
“Three Finals is a pretty good start and I guess Carissa (Moore) and I are developing a little rivalry in 2013,” Wright said. “So many good girls on tour though – anyone can win any event. Really like New Zealand though and looking forward to getting some good waves.”
Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Sofia Mulanovich (PER) will face Wright in the first round.
Despite a small undisplaced fracture of the bone in her left foot on Saturday in just round one of the Rip Curl Pro Bells, Gilmore continued through the competition to place fifth overall. The five time ASP World Tour Champion will still compete in Taranaki.
“The injury is a bit of a disappointment but I was still able to surf on it so we’ll see how it goes in New Zealand,” Gilmore said. “Haven’t had the best start to the season and Carissa (Moore) and Tyler (Wright) have been on point. That said, there still is opportunity this season and I’m just going to focus on staying healthy and surfing my best.”
Gilmore will battle Coco Ho (HAW) and Sage Erickson (USA) when competition begins. Contest directors may begin round one today in Taranaki, New Zealand for the first day of the waiting period. Watch the event LIVE at nzsurffestival.co.nz/.