Four-time world surfing champion Carissa Moore has crushed Australian rookie Isabella Nichols to win the Newcastle Cup event on Saturday.
Hawaiian Moore capped a dominant couple of days to win her 24th World Surf League title, scoring a two-wave total of 15.73 which included a near-perfect 9.50 ride.
Nichols, the 23-year-old Sunshine Coast product competing in her maiden WSL event final, could only post 8.34 in response as Moore charged to the win at Merewether Beach.
Despite the defeat, Nichols leaves Newcastle on a high after a remarkable run in just her fifth tour event – one of the highlight being her quarter-final win over seven-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore.
Mechanical engineering student Nichols reached the decider by pipping fellow Sunshine Coast product Keely Andrew in their all-Australian semi-final.
Moore, who scored nine-point waves in the quarter-final, semi-final and final, will head to Narrabeen for the third stop on the world tour with the world No.1 ranking.
The 28-year-old came into the event second on the rankings after losing in the final of the season opener in Hawaii to Tyler Wright but moves into the yellow jersey after the Australian’s early exit in Newcastle.
The window for the Narrabeen Classic opens on April 16.
Australian Associated Press