Drawing her own lines between becoming one of surfing’s elite and just being a good kid, Carissa Moore’s incredible talent and vibrant personality have industry insiders looking to her as the “next big thing.” Surfer magazine named Carissa, just 16 years old, one of the most influential surfers of the year; less than a month later, Carissa upset seven-time world champion Layne Beachley to take the Reef Hawaiian Pro title and become the youngest-ever Vans Triple Crown of Surfing event champion.
Although a fixture in the surfing world since she was eight, Carissa has postponed turning pro to focus on being a junior at the Punahou School, an elite private school in Honolulu. Though she may have two worlds, Carissa has just one goal: to be the best. While the Triple Crown may someday weigh heavily on her head, Carissa is looking forward to practicing more difficult maneuvers and trying to improve her surfing every time she goes in the water. Qualifying for the WCT is on her wish list, but more than anything else, Carissa relishes the opportunity to just travel and surf.
With her full attention on her surfing, there is no telling what Carissa can achieve or how many times she will achieve it. But in a style that may become her trademark, Carissa is focusing on the more immediate reality: “I am definitely a lucky girl to be living that life that I live.”