USA, Oz and World advance from mixed bag Founders’ Cup Saturday

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Carissa Moore helped lead Team USA to the top points total during Saturday’s opening day at the Founders’ Cup in Leemore, Calif. Team Australia and Team World finished second and third, respectively, each earning a spot in today’s final round.

Creating a perfect wave doesn’t always result in a perfect contest, but day one of the Founders’ Cup was completed on Saturday and the reactions were as widespread as anticipated. Making sure that surfers have consistently clean opportunities is a great goal and would remove much of the luck factor from competition, but in spite of the impressive performances and the novelty of the event, there definitely needs to be some tweaking to make this format as good as it can be.