Five-time World Champion Carissa Moore has decided to step away from competitive surfing to embark on a new chapter in her life and career. The 31-year-old Hawaiian, known for her competitive prowess and grace both in and out of the water, made the announcement ahead of the Lexus Pipe Pro Presented by YETI.
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Moore will showcase her skills at home in the Lexus Pipe Pro before bidding farewell to the Championship Tour (CT). Her departure will be marked by a wildcard entry into the SHISEIDO Tahiti Pro, followed by participation in the Olympic Games Paris 2024. Post-Olympics, she plans to take some personal time away from the competition scene.
Jessi Miley-Dyer, WSL Chief of Sport, expressed admiration for Moore’s journey, stating, “Carissa has exemplified grace, resilience, and competitive excellence. Her achievements have transcended the sport, bringing a new level of athleticism and progression to surfing. Carissa’s dedication to pushing the boundaries has been inspirational, and her absence in the competitive scene will be deeply felt.”
Moore, who has been at the forefront of surfing’s progression since 2010, is now eager to explore opportunities beyond the competitive jersey. Rejecting the term “retirement,” she prefers to view it as a departure from the tour, a step back, or an evolution in her career.
“I’m excited to see what else there is, outside the jersey,” Moore said. “I don’t like the word retirement. I like to say a departure from the tour, or just stepping back, or switching gears, or, like, evolving.”
As a two-time runner-up and the defending event winner at Pipeline, Moore’s decision brings a tinge of nostalgia to the Lexus Pipe Pro. Her remarkable track record in Hawaii, with five event wins, including a wildcard triumph, makes her a favorite on the North Shore. Moore, surfing’s first Olympic Gold Medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, will defend her medal at the Olympic Games Paris 2024 in Tahiti. Despite facing the challenges of Teahupo’o, she continues to hone her skills, receiving a wildcard for this year’s event.
Looking back at Moore’s 13-year career, she leaves behind a legacy filled with achievements – five World Titles, 28 event wins, and the historic Olympic Gold Medal. As the youngest man or woman to claim a World Title at just 18, Moore ushered in a new era of power surfing to the CT. Beyond her competitive success, Moore embodies the Aloha spirit, establishing the Moore Aloha Foundation to inspire the next generation of surfers. She remains a trailblazer in the sport, continuing to push the progression of surfing in her new chapter.
Carissa Moore’s farewell tour kicks off at the Lexus Pipe Pro Presented by YETI from January 29 through February 10, 2024, at the iconic Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii. Witness the end of an era as Moore bids adieu to the competitive waves that she has dominated for over a decade. Her journey will undoubtedly serve as an inspiration for surfers around the world.