Moore, Carissa


Charismatic regularfoot pro from Oahu, Hawaii; three-time WSL world champion; a surfer of seemingly limitless talent and charisma. "Her destiny, it seems," said Surfline in 2010, "is to become the transcendental figure in women's surfing."

Moore was born (1992) in Honolulu, began riding waves at Waikiki with her dad at age five, and by early adolescence was a dominant force in women's surfing. In 2004, the 12-year-old Moore began a remarkable competitive run, winning the first of four consecutive Open Division women's titles in the National Scholastic Surfing Association, the country's top amateur circuit. In 2007, at  14, Moore finished second in an WSL women's world tour event, and later that year she posted a perfect 10 score while surfing in a men's pro tour event.

By 2008, Moore had drawn the attention of retail giants Nike and Target, and before her 17th birthday she signed hefty endorsement deals with both companies, becoming the world's best-paid female surfer. Moore finished #3 in the world for her world tour debut in 2010, and was named rookie of the year. The following year she make the finals of all six WCT events, won three, and cruised to the world title, displacing four-times-in-a-row world champion Stephanie Gilmore on her way to the year-end ratings lead. That same year Moore also became the first woman invited to compete in the men's-only Triple Crown of Surfing, held in three of Oahu's most powerful breaks. "I was as nervous for that heat as I've ever been," said Hawaiian pro Roy Powers who was in Moore's first heat at Haleiwa, site of the opening Triple Crown event. "I've surfed with her a bunch and 90 percent of the time she smokes me."

Strong and compact (5'7", 140 pounds), Moore surfs with power and flow rides the tube beautifully, and has a full repertoire of above-the-lip aerial and tail slide tricks.

2012 was a letdown for Moore, as she didn't win an event, and dropped back to third in the final ratings, while Gilmore stormed to a fifth world title. In 2013, Moore battled neck-and-neck all season long with Australian Tyler Wright for the ratings lead. The championship came down on the final event, in Portugal, with Moore taking her second world title after Wright was knocked off in the quarterfinals. Gilmore again took the title from Moore in 2014, then More came back to earn her third world title the following year, with a win in the season's final event, at Honolua Bay. "Carissa is smooth, powerful, imaginative and graceful, and you never hear a word spoken against her," Chas Smith said of Moore. "She is a champ, a pure champ, embraced by all.

Up or down, Moore remained gracious and humble, quick to deflect excess praise, and reluctant to embrace her stardom. When Surfline asked Moore in 2010 to name her life's biggest accomplishment, the reigning ASP rookie of the year and winningest amateur competitor in surfing history answered with a simple "graduating high school."

Moore was featured in Shimmer (2006) and Leave a Message (2011) as well as dozens of web video clips. She won the Surfer Magazine Reader's Poll Award for top female surfer in 2011 and 2015; was the youngest event winner ever in the Triple Crown of Surfing (16 years old, 2008 Reef Hawaiian Pro); and was nominated for 2012 Action Sports Athlete of the Year by the prestigious Laureus Academy. National Geographic, in early 2012, named Moore to their "Adventurers of the Year" list. Glamour named Moore one of it's Women of the Year for 2013, along with such notables as Lady Gaga, Melinda Gates, and Barbra Streisand. In early 2016, Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell named January 4 "Carissa Moore Day" on Oahu.