Hawaii’s Carissa Moore made history today during the second stop on the World Surf League Championship Tour in Newcastle, Australia.
In landing the biggest aerial maneuver of her career, a rare air reverse, Moore earned a near-perfect 9.90 points (out of a possible 10). She also moves up to the World No. 1 spot on the WSL rankings.
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“I was in disbelief that I made it,” Moore said when asked about the achievement. “For that all to come together it felt amazing. It’s something I think about a lot, trying to be innovative, to push maneuvers above the lip and I was really stoked to make it.”
While the four-time WSL Champion and Team USA Olympic qualifier might be in the business of pushing women’s surfing to a higher level, she attributes the level of competition to her evolutionary mindset.
“It’s definitely something I’d like to bring in more often into my heat surfing and hopefully at the Olympics,” Moore said. “You have to keep reinventing yourself when you’re amongst this field. All of these girls are so good and constantly pushing the level of surfing.”