French surfer lands upset at Fiji Pro

The women’s surfing championship has had a shake up after Johanne Defay claimed victory over reigning WSL champion Carissa Moore at Cloudbreak.

The Frenchwoman gave it her all to take down the Hawaiian 17.10 to 10.70.

“I’ve never beat Carissa (Moore) before,” an excited Defay said following the win.


“She is such an amazing surfer and she took 9-point rides in every heat. It is crazy and I am so happy.”

It’s just the second elite CT win for Defay, who dispatched Courtney Conlogue in the Quarterfinals and Bethany Hamilton in the Semifinals.

“All the girls were ripping,” Defay said. “I felt like I wasn’t surfing very smart heats leading up to the Final. I was getting good waves at the end and advancing so I wanted to start strong in the Final. I’m so stoked right now.”

The win will see her move from seventh place on the Jeep Leaderboard to fourth.

The men’s leg of the Fiji Pro starts on Sunday before the world’s top surfers head to the Vans US Open of Surfing from July 25 – 31.