CARISSA MOORE WINS UNPRECEDENTED 11 NATIONAL SURFING TITLES
Roxy congratulates Carissa Moore for another incredible win at the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) National Championships. Winning the top spot on the podium for both Open Women’s and Explorer Women’s, 14-year old surfing phenom and Roxy team-rider Carissa Moore set a new record for the most national surfing titles held by one person, male or female.
Demonstrating her prowess as a competitor, Carissa held her focus going into the closing minutes of her final heat at Lower Tresltes in San Clemente, California. Trailing behind in second place, she locked into a set wave and soon had the crowds on their feet cheering as she rode the wave nearly to the shore. With a combination of huge off-the-top turns, a drawn out floater and tail slide reverse, Carissa sealed her victory as the 2007 NSSA Open Women’s Champion.
“Winning at the NSSA’s is a huge honor,” said Carissa. “I’ve been competing in this event for so many years and just being here, having fun, and surfing with my friends is what makes it so incredible.”
Carissa won her first NSSA national titles in 2004 at the age of 11 with first place finishes in the Open Women’s, Explorer Women’s and the Middle School Girls Division. Prior to 2004, Carissa was competing against the boys in the Explorer Menehune’s division because the NSSA lacked a girls division for her age.
Carissa has been a member of the Roxy team since she was seven, almost as long as she has been surfing. With the support of the Roxy surf program managers and her coach and father, Chris Moore, Carissa has taken her raw talent and developed into what many claim “the girl version of the next Kelly Slater.”
In a few short years, she has shocked the surfing world contest after contest, going head-to-head with world champions, some twice her age, and beating them, some twice. In June of this year, Carissa entered the King of the Groms contest as one of three girls in an all-boys contest. Heat after heat she out-surfed the competition and took the crown as the first-ever “Queen” in the history of the contest.
For her win this past weekend, Carissa received the coveted Governor’s Cup Trophy and a guaranteed spot this fall to travel to Mexico with 15 other NSSA surfers, all boys, to compete in the NSSA’s “Sweet 16” contest. This week, Carissa will join five other female surfers to represent the USA as part of the first-ever women’s X Games surfing competition.
Roxy would also like to congratulate team-riders, Malia Manuel and Sara Taylor for their wins in the NSSA High School Championships and Middle School Championships respectively.