If you’ve heard the hype about Roxy Surf team phenom, Carissa Moore, you won’t be surprised to hear that 14-year-old Moore recently became the first girl to win Quiksilver’s “King of the Groms” contest held at Kewalo’s in Hawaii.
Carissa became one of the best overall young surfers in the world, defeating the boys in the “King of the Groms” contest. Touted now as the “Queen of the Groms”, Carissa arrived in key form, locking down solid scores from start to finish, and making mincemeat of her male counterparts!
With Kewalo’s pumping out 3-6 foot peaks all day, you would think the guys would have brought their A game in the near-perfect surf, but the unsurpassable super-grom showed them that gender no longer has meaning when it comes to surf skills. Miss Moore was calm, cool, and calculated as she glided through each heat all the way to the finals.
Apparently, taking the scalps of ASP Women’s WCT elite has paid its dividends in the confidence and experience department. Carissa had finished 2nd to ASP 2005 Women’s Champion Chelsea Hedges at Snapper earlier this in the year after cleaning house on 7 X Women’s Champ Layne Beachley, twice.
Carissa now has the opportunity to travel to France for the QS KOG Global Champs in August, but will miss this due to a previously planned boat trip. Long live the “Queen.” – at Roxy, they certainly believe that there is much “Moore to Come!!”