MOORE Carissa

27 Aug 1992
28
Female
HONOLULU, HI
 
United States of America
HONOLULU, HI
 
United States of America

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
SRF Surfing Women  

Schedule

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Biographical Information

Highlights

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World Surfing Games
RankEventYearLocationResult
4Shortboard2019Miyazaki, JPN12.60
81Shortboard2020El Sunzal, ESA0.00

WSL Championship Tour (Ranking)
RankEventYearLocationResult
1Shortboard201959940
3Shortboard201851150
3Shortboard201657200
5Shortboard201749200

WSL Championship Tour overview - Three best ranks per season and event since 2017
YearShortboard
20211 x 1st, 2 x 2nd, 3 x 3rd
20192 x 1st, 2 x 2nd, 3 x 3rd
20182 x 1st, 2 x 3rd, 4 x 5th
20171 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 6 x 5th
20161 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 2 x 5th

WSL Championship Tour - Ten best performances in last Olympic cycle
RankYearEventLocation
12021ShortboardNewcastle, NSW, AUS
12019ShortboardLandes, FRA
12019ShortboardJeffreys Bay, RSA
12018ShortboardMaui, HI, USA
12018ShortboardLemoore, CA, USA
12017ShortboardLandes, FRA
12016ShortboardLandes, FRA
22021ShortboardLemoore, CA, USA
22021ShortboardMaui, HI, USA
22019ShortboardRio de Janeiro, BRA
22019ShortboardGold Coast, QLD, AUS
22017ShortboardCascais, POR
22016ShortboardMaui, HI, USA
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C-Moore, Riss (Instagram profile, 14 Nov 2019; surfholidays.com, 01 Jan 2011)
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Scrapbooking [she creates a scrapbook 'photo diary' for every year of her life], yoga, spending time with family. (carissamoore.com, 01 Nov 2019; Twitter profile, 01 Feb 2019; olympic.org, 06 Jun 2018)
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Athlete
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Husband Luke Untermann
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English, Japanese
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Brett Simpson [national], USA; Mitch Ross
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Her father Chris competed in open water swimming in Hawaii, United States of America, and won the Waikiki Roughwater Swim three times from 1985 to 1990. He also competed in swimming at university at NCAA Division I level and is a former lifeguard in Hawaii. Her younger sister Cayla is also a professional surfer. (freesurfmagazine, 2019; openwaterswimming.com, 2013; redbull.com, 31 Jul 2018)
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She began surfing at age five at Waikiki beach in Honolulu, HI, United States of America. (carissamoore.com, 01 Nov 2019; )
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"My dad taught me how to surf when I was five years old at Waikiki beach and I was immediately hooked. He loves the ocean and he wanted to share that passion with me. By the time I was 12, we had a more serious conversation, saying, 'Is this something I really want to do?' I knew it was going to be a lot of hard work, but I also knew it would be really fun. The ocean is my happy place." (carissamoore.com, 01 Nov 2019; redbull.com, 01 Jan 2019)
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To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (surfertoday.com, 3 Dec 2019)
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She spends six months of the year travelling and competing, which she describes as "living out of a suitcase, chasing waves and following my dream". During the other six months she trains at home in Honolulu, HI, United States of America. (usasurfing,com, 01 Dec 2019; .rcarissamoore.com, 01 Nov 2019)
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Winning three world titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015, and becoming the first woman to earn a wildcard entry in the men's Triple Crown of Surfing in 2011. She also cites winning her fourth world title in 2019 and qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "Each world title has been a little different and this one [2019] was definitely the hardest. Following in [Hawaiian swimmer and surfer] Duke [Kahanamoku's] footsteps in the Olympics gives me chills just to think about it." (carvemag.com, 03 Dec 2019; carissamoore.com, 01 Nov 2019; boh.com, 21 Mar 2019)
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US tennis player Serena Williams, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai, female US surfers Melanie Bartels, Megan Abubo, Rochelle Ballard, Keala Kennelly, and Bethany Hamilton, and male US surfers Kelly Slater and Andy Irons. (boh.com, 21 Mar 2019; ourbodybook.com, 01 Jan 2016; nationalgeographic.com, 01 Jan 2012)
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Her father, her family, and her husband. (boh.com, 21 Mar 2019)
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"Winning a contest is great but the feeling is only temporary. To me, happiness and success aren't defined by the trophies or accolades but by the small victories and simple joys everyday." (carissamoore.com, 01 Nov 2019)
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In 2019 she received the Women's Best Surfer award from the Surfer Awards Academy. (shop-eat-surf.com, 06 Dec 2019)

In 2018 she received the Women's Wave of the Year award from the World Surf League. (subaruhawaii.com, 01 Jan 2019)

In 2015 after winning her third world title, the US state of Hawaii declared January 4th to be 'Carissa Moore Day'. (freesurfmagazine.com, 04 Jan 2015)

In 2014 she was inducted into the Surfers Hall of Fame in the United States of America. (redbull.com, 01 Jan 2019; ourbodybook.com, 01 Jan 2016)

In 2012 she was nominated for a Laureus World Sports Award for Action Sportsperson of the Year, but lost out to US surfer Kelly Slater. (laureus.com, 01 Jan 2013)

In 2010 she was named ASP World Tour [now called World Surf League] Rookie of the Year. (ourbodybook.com, 01 Jan 2016)

General Interest

Preferred stance
Regular (worldsurfleague.com, 01 Jan 2019)

General
TAKING A BREAK IN 2020
In late 2019 she said she had decided in mid-2018 that she would skip the World Surf League tour in 2020 in order to travel and spend more time with her husband. "This is just a refresh and hopefully I can come back stronger in 2021. This next year [2020] doesn't look like sitting out on the couch and eating potato chips. I can comfortably sit back and say, okay, I really do deserve it [a break]." (worldsurfleague.com, 06 Feb 2021; olympics.nbcsports.com, 23 Dec 2019)

FINDING HER HAPPY PLACE
In 2018 she revealed that she had been struggling to find purpose and motivation for competitive surfing after reaching a low point in 2017. She has also spoken about a long battle with an eating disorder and body image issues that began during high school and took until 2015/16 to overcome. By September 2019 she said she had rediscovered her 'happy place' in the sport. "I feel like I'm in a really happy place [in 2019], a peaceful place. I've learned a lot over the past couple of years about what I want personally and professionally - and reassessed my motivation. I'm just feeling a bit more solid about my direction. I've always been super goal-oriented, and I feel like I'm more in tune with my goals now. For me, it's tough when I'm not really feeling my purpose. But now I feel like I'm in a good place." (beachgrit.com, 01 Sep 2019; beachgrit.com, 01 Jul 2018; redbull.com, 31 Jul 2018; people.comn, 07 Jan 2016)

JAPANESE LANGUAGE
She reconnected with her studies of Japanese in 2018 when she travelled to Japan with her husband Luke, who co-owns a Hawaii-based banana smoothie business. The couple visited Japan to celebrate the opening of the company's first international franchise. "I studied Japanese in school for six years. I forgot a lot since I graduated but picked up a 'Japanese for Dummies' book and did a little refresh on the plane ride there [in 2018]. A lot of the sentence structure came back fairly quickly but I need some work on re-learning a lot of the vocabulary." (carissamoore.com, 18 Aug 2018)

FAMOUS SCHOOL
She attended the same high school in Honolulu, HI, United States of America, as former US president Barack Obama and US golfer Michelle Wie. She also met her future husband while at the school. "I was in high school when he [Obama] got into office and everyone was super excited. It was a very proud moment for my school. I did meet Michelle Wie. She was a senior when I was a freshman and I was really star-struck when she was on campus. I was pretty one track-minded at school though - it was do well in classes so I could surf after school." (olympic.org, 06 Jun 2018; worldsurfleague.com, 01 Jan 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She started a non-profit foundation called Moore Aloha in 2018 to encourage more girls into surfing. "I launched Moore Aloha Charitable Foundation with a simple goal: Moore Love. I hope to empower young females through the sport of surfing to be strong, confident and compassionate individuals." She also campaigns for cleaner oceans with the Surfrider Foundation. "I want my children and the generations after to be able to walk the same beaches, surf the same reefs and enjoy the same wildlife and ocean ecosystems that have made a difference in my life." (moorealoha.com, 01 Nov 2019; sandiegomagazine.com, 01 Aug 2019; surfrider.org, 01 Jan 2019)


Legend
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Bronze Medal Event
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