Carissa Moore is a four-time World Champion from Honolulu, Hawaii, who, like John John Florence on the men’s side, grew up a surf media darling. In 2019 Moore's total commitment to the sport and endless positivity saw her claim her fourth World Title on home soil at Maui. That meant that Moore would also provisionally qualify to represent the USA at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, a fitting honor for one of surfing’s all-time greats, both in and out of the water.
She racked up eleven national titles during her dominant amateur career and arrived on the Championship Tour in 2010 posing an immediate threat to Stephanie Gilmore’s reign. She unleashed a paradigm-shifting supply of power to the women’s field, notching two wins during her rookie season, and while she finished No. 3 that year she returned in 2011 even stronger, winning three events to claim her first World Title and end Gilmore’s incredible streak at four straight.
From 2010 to 2015 Steph and Carissa passed the trophy back and forth three times battling for the hearts and minds of fans. It’s by far the best rivalry ever on the women’s side, yet there’s never been a whiff of animosity between the two, only gracious respect and awe.
Moore’s public persona is as bright and optimistic as her surfing on the surface, while anchored in confidence. Clever, articulate and worldly, and it’s easy to see why she was a star student at Punahou High (the same school Barack Obama attended) where she met her husband, Luke Untermann.
Carissa has leveraged her fame to a number of good causes over the years. In 2010, after winning her first CT event in New Zealand, she donated her entire check to the local boardriders club in recognition of their hospitality. She’s spoken openly about the dangers of binge eating, sexism, and body shaming. And she’s an avid crusader for the environment.
A (relative) career-slump followed her world title in 2015 and in 2017, she claimed just one event and ended the year at No. 5, the worst in her illustrious career. But in 2018, Moore returned hungrier than ever and jumped back up to No. 3 on the rankings with two first-place finishes - one at the first-ever Surf Ranch Pro and the other in Maui.
Women's CT 2019#1
Avg. heat score13.65
|Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast||2nd||7,800||Caroline Marks|
|Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach||5th||4,745||Courtney Conlogue|
|Corona Bali Protected||5th||4,745||Brisa Hennessy|
|Margaret River Pro||3rd||6,085||Lakey Peterson|
|Oi Rio Pro||2nd||7,800||Sally Fitzgibbons|
|Corona Open J-Bay||1st||10,000||None|
|Freshwater Pro||3rd||6,085||Lakey Peterson|
|Roxy Pro France||1st||10,000||None|
|MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal||3rd||6,085||Lakey Peterson|
|lululemon Maui Pro||3rd||6,085||Stephanie Gilmore|
|Year||Rank||Points||Events||Heats||Max heat score||Best result|
First season2008 Men's QS
Age27 Aug 27, 1992
Height5 ft, 7 in 170 cm
Weight154 lbs 70 kg
HometownHonolulu, Oahu, Hawaii