Carissa Moore The Golden Girl of Surfing

If your eyes weren’t glued to the telly or a tablet during the Tokyo Olympic Games you may have missed history being made for women in the surfing world.

Honolulu based Professional Surfer Carissa Moore has made history at the Tokyo Olympics by being the first women to win an Olympic Gold Medal in Women’s Surfing.

Carissa Moore Surfing Image
Image credit: Surfgirl Magazine

Carissa, known as Riss (born August 27, 1992) is a Hawaiian native and a professional surfer.  In addition to winning gold at the Olympics, Riss has taken the title of WSL World Female Surfing Champion in 2011, 2013, 2015 & 2019.   In 2014, aged 24 , she became a member of the Surfers’ Hall of Fame in 2014.

Renowned for more than just surfing, Riss is a passionate and outspoken advocate for women in surfing.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics marked the first time that surfing was included in the Olympic line-up. The four-time world champion has definitely made waves for women in surfing on an international level. And with her hometown declaring January 4th as ‘Carissa Moore’ day after winning a world surfing title, one can only wonder what they’ll do now she’s won Olympic Gold.

Image credit: Ryan Pierse

The Silver medal in surfing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics went to Bianca Buitendag from South Africa and the Bronze medal went to Amuro Tsuzuki from Japan in the Women’s Shortboard.

You can find out more about Carissa’s extraordinary journey in the 41 minute film RISS HERE

Image credit: Olivier Morin/Pool via AFP/Getty Images

Main Image: Fox News (Francisco Seco)

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