It's already been an amazing start to 2020, and with so much to look forward to coming on the horizon, we're proud the celebrate International Women's Day and some of the outstanding surfers who are changing the game.
Breaking barriers in and out of the water, what women are doing for surfing today is nothing short of transformational. They're changing the game before our very eyes. Here are a few of the ladies that have us really fired up for 2020:
Carissa Moore's More Than A World Champion
Capturing her fourth World Title in 2019, Carissa Moore is a surfing icon. And while she's taking a personal year away from the Championship Tour this year, that doesn't mean we're not going to see plenty of her.
This year she will chase her dreams of winning Olympic gold in surfing's premiere at the Olympic Games. But outside of the competitive arena, her Moore Aloha program is giving girls throughout Polynesia the platform to chase and live their dreams.
Working with girls in and out of the surf, Carissa is fostering joy, happiness, self-confidence and truly sharing the aloha spirit.
The Olympic debut for women's surfing
Surfing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo this summer, and 18 women who have qualified through the WSL Championship Tour will represent their respective countries.
These ladies will be bringing the heat as Moore, Caroline Marks, Stephanie Gilmore, Sally Fitzgibbons, Tatiana Weston-Webb, Silvana Lima, Johanne Defay and Brisa Hennessy all vie for the first-ever Olympic gold medal in surfing. We can't wait to show the world what we've got.
Big Wave Surfing Reaches New Heights
The women of WSL Big Wave are a force to be reckoned with. At Jaws it is Paige Alms and Keala Kennelly continue to lead the charge.
And it's no surprise that Justine Dupont and Maya Gabeira brought their game to the The Nazare Tow Surfing Challenge. Dupont deservedly earned herself the Women's Wave of the Day for her effort in Portugal.
Gabeira paired up on a co-ed tow-in team, making history as the first-ever combined male and female team in competitive surfing.
Gabeira still holds the Guinness World Record for the biggest wave ever surfed by a woman and is a 5x winner of the XXL Big Wave Awards.
Amuro Tsuzuki is our first Japanese woman surfer on the CT tour
Amuro Tsuzuki will join the Championship Tour this year, making history as the first Japanese woman to compete on the Tour.
Tsuzuki's graduation from the QS to CT is difficult for anyone to accomplish, and her achievement is even more significant in a year when surfing has its Olympic debut in her home country of Japan. We're stoked to have a new face on tour, let's go Amuro!
Kelis Kaleopa'a takes home her first Longboard Tour Victory
15-year-old Waikiki native Kelis Keleopa'a is making waves in 2020. One year after competing in her first-ever WSL event, she just won the Noosa Longboard Open. She is now in the running to win her maiden World Title in 2020.
Could Keleopa'a become the youngest Longboard World Champion ever? Stay tuned for more style and grace.