Inspired Surfers is a 10 part series – in partnership with Jimmy’s Iced Coffee. We uncover the stories of characters who have taken their passion for surf into their day to day lives and done big and amazing things.
In this episode we are in conversation with 4x (& current) World Champion– Carissa Moore.
It is hard to ignore what Carissa has achieved in the water, so we won’t; she’s won world titles in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2019, taking out 22 World Tour events along the way. And at the ripe old age of 27, there’s absolutely no doubt that her trophy cabinet has space for plenty more. Is she on track for G.O.A.T status? Only time will tell…
However, in this podcast, we wanted to dig a little deeper into the person behind all the wins, get to know the real ‘Riss’ and uncover more details about the amazing work she has done to inspire others.
Riss is widely known for her overwhelming positivity and it’s clear when you get to know her a little better that it’s not just a front. Carissa was brought up in Hawaii and imbued with strong personal and family values from a young age.
Surfing too has played a leading role in her life since she was just 5 years old, thanks to her dad, who got her into the sport as soon as he could and remains by her side as her coach today. Their father x daughter relationship sounds like the sort all dads aspire to.
Together they focus not only on winning world titles but also inspiring others to benefit from surfing in the same ways they have. As a result, they set up the charity Moore Aloha with a simple mission; to encourage young females to be strong, confident and compassionate individuals through the sport of surfing.
This episode of Inspired Surfers features an open and insightful look into the life of the world champ and one of the sport’s best-loved characters.
In this conversation Jim and Riss discuss:
- Her husband’s fruit bowl co. Banan
- Surfing in cold water (Iceland)
- Home / Honolulu
- Surfing BIG waves / Being scared!
- Dealing with stress
- A positive Father x Daughter relationship
- Moore Aloha (charity)
- Being a pro surfer and having a family
- Being inspired by surfer mum Chelsea Hedge
- Dealing with body change
- Working out who you are?
- Having a moral code
- Favourite foods
- The future of the WSL Tour
- The olympics
- Favourite wave – J-Bay (& sharks)
- Getting in to Tennis in lockdown
- And much much more!
For more on Carrissa, kick back and enjoy 40 minutes of incredible surfing and character insights in ‘Riss’, a new film by talented lensman and friend of Wavelength Peter Hamblin:
We hope that this story inspires you to Keep Your Chin Up, do good and take on the challenges in front of you.
If you enjoyed this episode you can find more conversations on our Wavelength Community Radio channel.
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