Our favorite Hawaiian gal is seeking her second world title. But it won't be easy!
You want stats? Of the six World Tour events this year, Carissa has won three, finished third in two, and her worst result is a fifth. And at the Roxy Pro on, like, right now, she's three heats and a fortuitous early-ish exit in the quarters by Tyler Wright from her second world title.
KILLER STATS: For the past two years, including her 2011 world title year, Carissa averaged almost identical average wave scores of 6.99 (2011) and 6.98 (2010). Heat scores? The same, 13.98 and 13.96. This year? Average wave scores of 7.51 and heat totals of over 15. Her rival for the crown, Tyler Wright, is averaging 7.27 and 14.
MAGIC BOARD: When y'got a magic sled underfoot, the rest kinda just comes. But let's ask Matt Biolos, her shaper. "Her magic board thus far is a 5'8" x 18.63" x 2.18" SubScorcher-2. Earlier this season I made her, Julian and Kolohe a series of little SubScorcher-2 diamond-tails. The first being at Julian's request. KA and JW used theirs for some fun freesurf antics, but Carissa took hers to The Gold Coast and surfed it to a semi-final finish. She used it again in the smallish, New Zealand, beachbreak event. Upon returning and planning for the US Open, she asked for a new 'copy' of the board but I did my homework and decided the diamond tail could use a bit of a tweak, and re-made the board as a squash tail. She then took the re-make and won the US Open. This is the board that she rode today in france."
STRENGTHS: "Her strengths are she's the best female to ever stand on a surfboard," says Biolos.
WEAKNESS: As Biolo says, "Emotionally, she is still human and subject to mental ups and downs, like all of us. Her opponents need to hope she's either having a down day or she doesn't get the waves she needs to perform."