Carissa Moore’s current mantra: Have fun.
With three events left in the 2013 Women’s ASP World Tour, the 2011 world champion sits 1,800 points away from capturing her second title. Is she rattled? Hell no. She’s not even sweating. In fact, last we heard she was at home in Hawaii "cleaning house and cruising." Putting in a demonstrative performance this season, Lennox Heads’ Tyler Wright fronts the ratings, but this doesn’t much seem to concern Moore. From the sounds of things, she’s too busy having a good time to let pressure get in the way.
redbull.com: Can you give us a little insight into your 2013 campaign, anything that’s got you extra motivated to go for another title?
Carissa Moore: The 2013 season has been really fun so far. For me, where my head is at, I’m just trying to have a lot of fun, stay in the moment and be happy with where I’m at. I’m trying not to over think things too much. I’ve been traveling with my boyfriend and my Dad and those have been really good distractions for me. Everywhere I go, I’m just trying to have fun and do my best. I hope that’s showing through in my surfing. I’ve had a couple of good results so far, we only have three events left and I’d like to finish strong. It should be an exciting finish. Everything’s really close at the top of the ratings. I can’t wait to see what happens.
Do you feel the pressure of it coming down to the wire?
I think it’s really good for the sport to have close battles and close title races. It’s better than somebody just walking away with it. I think people will be following the tour a lot close if it does come down to the last event.
What’s the toughest heat you’ve had all year?
I think you have to go into every heat ready to surf your best in order to make them, and that’s what’s really awesome about the women’s tour right now. Everybody’s really pushing their surfing right now. A really tough one for me was the loss in Brazil to Sally Fitzgibbons because it felt like deja vu from the year before. That one was really tough for me. But then sometimes you need to lose at the same place a few times to really realize what you need to do to get over that hurdle and do better next time.
The ASP announced late in the season that they were going to add an event. That seems like it might throw off somebody in your position.
They didn’t announce it until the press release came out recently, but even at the start of the year the girls pretty much knew there was going to be another event and that we would go to Portugal to end the season. So it really didn’t come as a surprise to any of us when it was officially announced. Overall I think you have to try and take it event by event, but yeah, it does throw things off when events are added. It was just nice that we had an idea that it was going to happen all the way from the beginning.
The boards you’ve been riding look like they’ve been going really well for you, anything different you’ve been doing with them?
This is the first year that I’m riding different shapes. They’re smaller and wider and go really well in smallish conditions. I’ve been working through a lot of different shapes with Matt Biolas, my shaper. We’re finally putting that research into what I’m riding in competition, and I’m having a lot of fun on them. When you’re having fun with your surfing it shows, and the boards have made a big difference.
Life can’t just be about competition, what’s going on in your world outside the tour?
I’m kind of searching around to do, well, I don’t want to call it a community service project, but something that gives back. I’m not sure what that’s going to be. I was thinking of asking Hurley if there’s anything I can do to help with their H2O project, or I don’t know, something. I’m still trying to figure that out. I’d also like to someday travel to Greece, Paris and do the whole sightseeing thing. Maybe after the contest in Portugal my boyfriend and I will go play tourist.
And when you’re back at home on the South Shore?
I’m just enjoying life, cruising. I’m literally cleaning my house right now. I’ll go surf with my family and friends. Those are the things that keep me busy. It’s all good. I’m having a great time.