• SIXTEEN YEAR OLD CARISSA MOORE DOMINATES BILLABONG FREEWAVE CHALLENGE

SIXTEEN YEAR OLD CARISSA MOORE DOMINATES BILLABONG FREEWAVE CHALLENGE MAINLAND; HAWAIIAN TAKES TOP TWO FEMALE RIDES IN VIDEO SHOWCASE OF SUMMER'S BEST SURFING

NEWPORT BEACH -- (October 15, 2008) -- Red hot Hawaiian surfer Carissa Moore has claimed top honors in the Heartbreaker division of the Billabong Freewave Challenge Mainland edition.   The 16-year-old phenomenon had both the first- and second-placing waves in the online event, which examined the best surfing performances captured on video on the US Mainland during the summer months ending September 22, 2008.   Moore's winning wave included five big slashes at Upper Trestles, California, on September 9 and was shot by her father, Chris Moore.   Carissa receives $2,500 for the ride.   The videographer gets $650 for catching the moment on camera.   Click HERE <http://freewave.billabong.com/nominees/female_nominee/index.html>  to see all the Heartbreaker finalist rides.

The Heartbreaker Female Performance segment is just one of five divisions which acknowledge the finest freesurfing to take place in the USA outside of regular surf contests. Other category winners to be revealed over the next few days include Best Barrel, Small Fries (16 and Under surfers) and the coveted Monster Maneuver Award.   In total, the event offers $40,000 in prize money for the surfers and videographers. Full rules and event format details can be accessed at the event website at www.FreewaveChallenge.com <http://www.FreewaveChallenge.com> .

For Moore, simply winning was not enough.   The young Honolulu native also blasted a big aerial maneuver on the same day at Lower Trestles, earning her the second-best ride of the season plus another $1,500 in cash.   

Third place in the Heartbreaker division went to Australian pro Claire Bevilacqua for her backside air to 360 at Encinitas, California on July 21.   The Aussie receives $1000 for the move and videographer Chris Grant collects $250 for the clip.

The rankings of the finalists were determined by a large voting panel made up of the surfers and videographers registered in the event along with select surfing media members from around the world.   Over 150 video clips of spectacular surfing were uploaded to the Freewave website with nominees qualifying from a diverse number of surf breaks from all over the East, West and Gulf Coasts of the USA.   All the original clips can still be viewed by clicking on the Freewave Video Hub <http://mainland8.freewavechallenge.net/> .

The results were also announced for the Longest Ride division.   Based on a careful calculation of total elapsed time riding a single wave, it was Kelly Nicely of Oceanside, California who stayed standing the longest in the spirited competition.   Her ride at Cardiff Reef, California, lasted 52.9 seconds and earned her an easy $1,200 for the slow glide to shore.   Chris Grant picked up $500 for following the action with his video camera.

BILLABONG FREEWAVE CHALLENGE MAINLAND

HEARTBREAKER FEMALE PERFORMANCE RESULTS
1. Carissa Moore, Multiple moves at Lower Trestles, California. ($2,500) Video by Chris Moore ($650)
2. Carissa Moore, Air at Upper Trestles, California. ($1500)   Video by Chris Moore ($400)
3. Claire Bevilacqua, Backside air at Encinitas, California. ($1,000) Video by Chris Grant ($250)

LONGEST RIDE RESULTS
1. Kelly Nicely, Long one at Cardiff Reef, California. ($1,200)   Video by Chris Grant ($500)

Coming tomorrow: Best Barrel Results!

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