March 8th is International Women’s Day, and we would like to spotlight a great woman from Hawaii. Not only is Carissa Moore an up and coming professional surfer, but she is a humble, level headed woman who sets a great example for young women everywhere.
Carissa Moore was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and grew up surfing a spot called Kewalos. As a rookie on the Association of Surfing Professionals Tour in 2010, Carissa won multiple events, such as the TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival, Rip Curl Pro Portugal, and Roxy Pro in Australia. In 2010 her world title ranking was 3rd. After her rookie year Carissa Moore moved on to claim the 2011 ASP Women’s World Title.
As a young surfer Carissa has showed the world what a strong character she has, when she won the TSB Bank Women’s Surf Festival in New Zealand she donated her entire winnings to a local boardriders’ club for children. Moore reached another amazing landmark in her career when she won the U.S. Open of Surfing. It was a major step in her career and for women’s surfing because it was the richest first-place purse in women’s surfing history.
She has the natural ability, paired with the drive and determination to become the best, and she is always striving to do better. Her attitude towards her surfing career is amazing too, in an interview with National Geographic for her Adventurer of the Year for 2012title she said “I hope that every time I surf the world tour that I would give it a shot. If it works out, awesome, but if I just get to continue doing something I love and am passionate about, I’ll be really happy.”
Carissa Moore got two wild card slots to surf with the men in the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, and the Van’s World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach which was the first time something like this have ever happened. She is a successful woman athlete, a role model, and a strong woman who should be recognized for her early accomplishments in life.