We want Moore

by Alison, 17/10/2013

So two weeks ago, I packed our board-bag and suitcase, drove to Dublin to meet Ollie and the next day we hopped on a plane to Portugal. We stayed in Caxias, an area just outside Lisbon. The purpose of the trip, if holidays can have a purpose, was to see the final event of the woman's world championship tour. This years world tour had eight events. The final event of the season was held between Carcavelos and Praia de Guincho, Portugal.

For me, surfing is a fantastic way to get outdoors and enjoy this wild, wet and windy country. Its only since we moved to Lahinch that I've paid any attention to the competitive aspect and viewed it as a sport as well as pleasure. So for the past three years I've been following the women's world tour and its been on fire. 

Women's surfing is changing. The level of talent, and the rate of progression on tour have made it dynamic and exciting to watch. Worldwide there are more women in the water then even before. Even since we moved to Lahinch the amount of girls sharing the surf has changed. While women are still generally in the minority, you are rarely on your own. Nevertheless from a progression aspect, Ireland is behind the curve. Paddling out its rare to see a girl dominating the line-up and pulling off manoeuvres that make everybody else take a second look.

So heading to Portugal, I suppose I was looking for inspiration. I wanted to be awed by other women completing manoeuvres in manner I'll only ever dream about. I've got to say they didn't disappoint. Even in less then ideal conditions the competition was impressive. With world tour positions, an event title and a world tour title at stake everybody had their game face on.

This year's title race showdown was between Tyler Wright and Carissa Moore. Carissa Moore eventually clinched it (winning the world title and the event), when Tyler Wright was beaten by Sally Fitzgibbons in the last quarter final. 

I don't know what happens at other major competitions, but I've seem images of places like Huntington beach, mobbed with people and security guards escorting competitors. Portugal was much more relaxed. While there was a competitors area, a lot of them stayed closer to the action and chilled out among the crowd. There was no hassle to get a good vantage point. You could find a front row patch of sand, grab an umbrella, set up camp and enjoy.


  1. On a grey, grey day here in Dublin those images of blue seas and skies are so appealing.

    1. Even on a day with beautiful swell here they are very appealing. It might have something to do with the fact that the tide was too high when I got back from work and I couldn't surf. The days are just disappearing into darkness.