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Moore, Carissa


Cherubic regularfoot pro from Oahu, Hawaii; 2011 ASP World Champion at age 18, and again in 2013; 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 ASP women's world tour event, and later that year she posted a perfect 10 wave score and advanced through her first heat while surfing in a men's pro tour event.

Strong and compact (5'7", 140 pounds), Moore surfs with great power and flow, rides the tube well, and has a full bag of above-the-lip aerial and tail slide tricks. Surfer magazine claimed in 2007 that Moore was the first woman who "looked likely to not only qualify for the men's World Tour but to also excel there." 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."

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. "Losing hurts really bad," Moore wrote in her blog. "Watching somebody else be carried up the beach victorious as you silently walk head-down thru the cheers and celebration that aren't for you."

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. 

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; 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.