Hawaiian 14yo downs world No 1
LAYNE Beachley admits she'll need to lift her game to keep on top of surfing's rising stars after being outpointed by a 14-year-old wildcard in the first heat of her 2007 world title defence yesterday.
Hawaiian prodigy Carissa Moore outscored the Australian seven-time world champion as both surfers advanced directly from their three-woman first-round heat to the third round of the World Championship Tour's season-opening Roxy Pro at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast.
The performance gave Beachley an early wake-up call in her quest for an eighth world title.
"It wasn't really a great way to start the year," said Beachley, who will meet Moore again in the third round.
"I don't know whether I'm too relaxed or just exhausted, but either way, I'm not putting on a good show and I need to step it up to keep up with these teenagers."
Beachley held the early lead but wildcard Moore blew the door open mid-heat with a 7.83 wave score and quickly backed up with a 7.17 to dominate the second half of the 30-minute match-up.
Moore, who won the Roxy Pro Trials to earn the main-event wildcard, was predictably delighted but keen to play down the heat win.
Former world champion Chelsea Hedges (nee Georgeson) produced a stellar performance to post the day's highest heat total ? 18.4 out 20 ? after earning a near-perfect 9.57 (out of 10) in the dying seconds of her heat.
Fellow Queenslander Stephanie Gilmore, another teenager threatening Beachley's dominance, also impressed, scoring 17.4. ? AAP
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