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Carissa Moore
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at the 2011 Roxy Pro France in Biarritz, France.
Personal information
Born August 27, 1992 (1992-08-27) (age 29)
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Residence Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 140 lb (64 kg)
Surfing career
Best year World Champion 2011, 2013, 2015, 2019 ASP Women's World Tour
Career earnings $2.1 million on world tour 2010-19
Sponsors Nike, Red Bull, Target, Hurley, Subaru Hawaii, Visa
Major achievements 4 time ASP Women's World Tour Champion; ASP Elite Victories: 6; ASP Other Victories: 2; ASP Rookie of the Year 2010; 11 NSSA Titles, 2020 Olympic gold medal.
Surfing specifications
Stance Regular
Website www.carissamoore.com

Carissa Kainani Moore (born August 27, 1992) is an American professional surfer, the 2021 Olympic champion, and the 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2019 WSL Women's World Tour Champion.

In 2013, she was named by Glamour magazine as one of their Women of the Year. She became a member of the Surfers' Hall of Fame in 2014.

Early life

When she was five years old, Moore started surfing with her dad off the beaches of Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii. "Dad taught me how to surf when I was about four or five years old at Waikiki Beach and I was immediately hooked." Her father, Chris, was a competitive open water swimmer who won a number of competitions. He lived closer to the water than Moore's landlocked mother, so Moore chose Hawaii, the ocean, and her father after her parents divorced when she was ten years old. When Moore stayed with her mother and her motivation for surfing would start to wane she would write letters to her father to stay motivated.

She started earning multiple wins at NSSA junior surf competitions at age 11. She also won top spots at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, where she helped Hawaii win a team victory. In all, she clinched a record 11 NSSA amateur titles, and at age 16 in 2008, she became the youngest champion at a Triple Crown of Surfing event when she won the Reef Hawaiian Pro.

Career

In 2010, Moore qualified to compete on the ASP World Tour, now called the World Surf League. She won two major contests, finished third overall, and was named Rookie of the Year.

The following season, Moore was a youngster to watch on the World Tour and she lived up to her reputation, winning three events and claiming her first World crown, unseating four-time defending champ Stephanie Gilmore in the process. At 18, she became the youngest person – male or female – to win a surfing world title.

Moore took top World Tour honors again in 2013 and 2015.

Moore has been named an Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic, a Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine and Top Female Surfer in the SURFER magazine poll (numerous times). She was inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame, and the State of Hawaii declared January 4 to be Carissa Moore Day.

2019 Championship Tour

At the 2019 World Surf League Women's Championship Tour, Moore finished in first place and qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

2020

She announced after the 2019 season that she would take a break from the world tour in 2020.

2020 Summer Olympics

See also: Surfing at the 2020 Summer Olympics
2020 Summer Olympics
Gold Shortboard 14.93

Moore qualified to compete for the United States in surfing on the U.S. women's team with Caroline Marks at the 2020 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan and postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moore advocated for the wearing of the Hawaiian flag rather than the flag of the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics. In the WSL, Moore represents Hawaii in competition per WSL rules that separate Hawaiian surfers from mainland United State surfers. In the Olympics, she will represent the US for the first time as there will be no division between mainland and Hawaiian-born surfers, unlike the WSL. She was the first Olympic surfer to be ethnically Hawaiian.

In the first round of competition, Moore scored an 11.74 and won her heat, which advanced her directly to the third round of competition. Moore won her heat of the third round of competition against Peruvian Sofía Mulánovich with a 10.34 and advanced to the quarterfinals. Moore won her head-to-head competition with a score of 14.26 in the quarterfinals against Brazilian Silvana Lima and advanced to the semifinals. In the semifinals match between Moore and Japan's Amuro Tsuzuki, Moore won and advanced to the final heat where surfers compete for the gold and silver medals. In the final match against South African Bianca Buitendag, Moore won the Olympic gold medal with a score of 14.93.

Personal

Moore chooses to wear the flag of Hawaii, which is similar to the Hawaii State flag, instead of the United States flag when she competes for the United States at World Surf League international competitions. She was part of an unsuccessful bid [1] to allow the Hawai’i surfing team to compete independently from the United States, which many Kānaka Maoli do not believe is the legitimate government of Hawai’i, due to legal issues surrounding the complicated history around the Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Annexation, and Statehood.

WSL Qualifying Series

In 2008, at the age of 16, Moore became the youngest winner of a Triple Crown of Surfing event when she won the Reef Hawaiian Pro, a 6-Star WQS Prime Event.

In 2009, Moore qualified for the 2010 ASP World Tour from the ASP Women's WQS.

In 2010, Moore won the US Open of Surfing, a 6-Star WQS Prime Event.

In 2011, Moore received a wildcard entry into the Men's Triple Crown of Surfing, limited to the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa and the Vans Hawaiian Pro at Sunset Beach, becoming the first woman in history to be given the honor.

WSL Women’s Championship Tour

In 2007, Moore reached the Final of the ASP Women's World Tour Roxy Pro event as a wildcard, becoming the youngest surfer to reach a Final of an ASP World Title Race event. The Roxy Pro wildcard entry was the first Women's World Tour event Moore entered after success in the Roxy Pro Trials.

In 2009, Moore won the ASP Women's World Tour Gidget Pro Sunset Beach event as a wildcard entrant.

In 2010, Moore started competing on the ASP Women's World Tour. During her first year on the Tour Moore won both the TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival and Rip Curl Pro Portugal. Moore's 2010 Women's World Tour Ranking was 3rd overall. and she was awarded the ASP Women's World Tour Rookie of the Year.

In 2011, Moore was declared the ASP Women's World Champion, the youngest winner of the Title. Throughout the 2011 Tour, Moore won the Billabong Rio Pro, Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic and the Roxy Pro Gold Coast.

In 2012, Moore finished 3rd in the 2012 ASP World Tour, failing to win any ASP World Tour events, coming runner-up in two events.

In 2013, Moore won four of the eight ASP World Tour events and became World Champion for the second time in her career.

In 2014, Moore won three WSL Women's Championship Tour events.

In 2015, she again won four Events of the WSL Championship Tour and won her third world title.

In 2016, Moore's only victory was the Roxy Pro in Hossegor, France.

In 2017, she finished the year at No. 5.

In 2018, she finished the year at No. 3.

In 2019, she won her fourth world championship, winning stops in France and South Africa.

WSL Event Wins

Year Event Venue WSL Sanctioned Tour
2019 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Victoria, Australia Women's World Tour
2019 Roxy Pro France Hossegor, Landes, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France Women's World Tour
2019 Corona Open J-Bay J-Bay, South Africa  South Africa Women's World Tour
2018 Beachwater Maui Pro Honolua, Hawaii, United States Women's World Tour
2018 Surf Ranch Pro Lemoore, California,  United States Women's World Tour
2017 Roxy Pro France Hossegor, France  France Women's World Tour
2016 Roxy Pro France Hossegor, France  France Women's World Tour
2015 Swatch Womens Pro San Clemente, California,  United States Women's World Tour
2015 Target Maui Pro Honolua, Hawaii, United States Women's World Tour
2015 Rip Curl Women's Pro Bells Beach Bells Beach, Victoria,  Australia Women's World Tour
2015 Roxy Pro Gold Coast Gold Coast, Queensland,  Australia Women's World Tour
2014 Target Maui Pro Honolua, Hawaii, United States Women's World Tour
2014 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Victoria,  Australia Women's World Tour
2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Women's Pro Margaret River, Western Australia,  Australia Women's World Tour
2013 Cascais Women's Pro Cascais,  Portugal Women's World Tour
2013 US Open of Surfing Huntington Beach, California,  United States Women's WQS
2013 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Victoria,  Australia Women's World Tour
2013 Drug Aware Margaret River Women's Pro Margaret River, Western Australia,  Australia Women's World Tour
2011 Billabong Pro Rio Rio de Janeiro,  Brazil Women's World Tour
2011 Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic Dee Why, New South Wales,  Australia Women's World Tour
2011 Roxy Pro Gold Coast Gold Coast, Queensland,  Australia Women's World Tour
2010 Rip Curl Pro Portugal Peniche,  Portugal Women's World Tour
2010 TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival Taranaki,  New Zealand Women's World Tour
2010 US Open of Surfing Huntington Beach, California,  United States Women's WQS
2009 Gidget Pro Sunset Beach, United States Women's World Tour
2008 Reef Hawaiian Pro Ali'i Beach Park, Haleʻiwa, United States Women's WQS

National Scholastic Surfing Association Titles

Moore is known for her unprecedented 11 National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) Titles.

National Scholastic Surfing Association Titles
2004 2005 2006 2007
Open Women's
Explorer Women's
Middle School Girls
Open Women's
Explorer Girls
Middle School Girls
Open Women's
Explorer Girls
Middle School Girls
Open Women's
Explorer Women's

International Surfing Association

2005, Moore represented Hawai‘i at the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championships and was placed 3rd in the Female Junior Final (under 18) category. Moore aided Hawai‘i's first team victory in a World Junior surfing contest.

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