Huntington Beach Salutes Champion in 2021
Carissa Kainani Moore, the first Surfing Olympic Gold Medal Champion and winner of the 2021 Ripcurl WSL Finals at Trestles beach, is being inducted into Huntington Beach's Surfing Walk of Fame September 23. Moore is being honored as Woman of the Year at the event, which takes place at 10 a.m. in front of Jack’s Surfboards on the corner of Main St. and Pacific Coast Highway.
Moore, the World Surf League Women's World Tour Champion for 2011, 2013, 2015, 2019 and 2020, was only five years old when she started surfing with her father, Chris, on the beach at Waikiki, Hawaii. She recalls, "Dad taught me how to surf when I was about four or five years old, and I was immediately hooked."
In 2010, Moore first qualified to compete on the ASP World Tour (now the WSL). The following season, she was a rising star to watch on the World Tour and she lived up to her reputation, winning three events and claiming her first World crown, unseating four-time defending champ Stephanie Gilmore.
Moore finished third overall and was named Rookie of the Year. At age 18, she became the youngest person ever to win a WSL surfing world tour title. She took top World Tour honors again in 2013 and 2015.
Moore's illustrious career has earned her National Geographic Magazine's Adventurer of the Year award, Woman of the Year by Glamour Magazine and Top Female Surfer in the Surfer Magazine poll (numerous times). She was inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame in 2014.
When Surfing Walk of Fame CEO John Etheridge told SurfWriter Girls that Moore had been chosen as this year’s Woman of the Year we weren’t surprised, given all her accomplishments. Moore was one of the nine amazing women featured in SurfWriter Girls annual Women Making Waves story in 2020.
Carissa Moore, who calls the beach her “happy place,” believes that surfing not only brings out the best in her, but also brings people together.
The Surfing Walk of Fame inductions are being held at the same time the U.S. Open of Surfing (September 20 – 26) is going on at the Huntington Beach Pier. So, it will be a jam-packed week in Surf City USA!
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