JEFFREYS BAY, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 19: Three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore of Hawaii wins the 2019 Corona Open J-Bay after winning the final at Supertubes on July 19, 2019 in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. (Photo by Ed Sloane/WSL via Getty Images)
Carissa Moore, Lakey Peterson, Caroline Marks, and Sally Fitzgibbons all advanced into the Rip Curl Pro Portugal Quarterfinals, keeping the 2019 World Title race as close and interesting as ever. Courtney Conlogue (USA) was the only Top 8 surfer who couldn’t advance past the Round of 16 as the world’s best set up amazing Quarterfinal battles and kept the World Title race drama running high in Portugal.
Jeep Leader Moore has had an unbelievably consistent season with no result worse than a Quarterfinal finish, which also means she needs to advance into the Semis at least if she wants to continue to distance herself from her opponents.
“I’m just trying to keep it happy and free and positive and having such a great support system here on the ground and at home helps so much,” said Moore. “There’s definitely a lot of talk about the title race but like I said before I’m realistic with expectations and I expect it to go to Maui. Lakey (Peterson), Caroline (Marks) and Sally (Fitzgibbons) all want it and they’re all fired up so there’s no taking my foot off the pedal.”