Big day for Carissa puts the cherry on the icing on the top of the cake
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 December, 2015 - Red Bull interviewed teamrider and World Champion Carissa Moore, fresh on the heels of her thrid world title win. To boot Carissa also took home the win at Target Maui Pro at Honolua Bay, her sponsor's event, and threw in a 10-point ride in the final. Who scripted this stuff?
How did you feel at the beginning of the event – pretty confident?
I never thought I had it in the bag. I knew going into the last event that I still had a lot of work to do. Anything could happen.
What made this year any different from your past two victories?
Every year is different and special in its own way. This one is definitely going to be hard to top. Having the title decided so early in the morning took off a lot of pressure and just allowed me to have fun and surf from my heart. I really wanted this year to be about my performances, surfing to my potential and not worrying about trying to impress or please anyone else but myself.
This title means the world to me. It was a hard battle with Courtney Conlogue till the end. There were a lot of ups and downs through the season and I am stoked I was able to keep my composure and stay in the game. It felt good to see all the hard work pay off at home, in front of my family and friends and local community, and in pumping waves. I couldn't have asked for a better finish to the season.
Carissa Moore © WSL/Poullenot
How does it feel to surf - and win - at home?
Incredible to surf at home especially at such a special place like Honolua Bay Maui. I am so thankful that (they) brought this event back to the women's tour. Hopefully after the breathtaking waves and impressive performances by all the ladies on finals day this event will be here to stay for a long time.
I don't know if there is just one. Every heat has been challenging. Every girl can win heats, events and titles. I think a lot of the women really stepped up this year and pushed the level of women's surfing.
Toughest moment of the event?
The morning of the final day. Just trying to calm my nerves before the day even began was challenging. Breathing and staying focused during Courtney and Coco's Round 4 heat was really hard as well. It's really easy to get caught up in the excitement of everything going on around you. I was trying my best to stay in my bubble and focus on what I needed to do.
And the best one?
Best moment was coming out of the 10-point barrel in the final. It was the cherry on the icing on top of the cake! That was the best barrel I've ever had in competition. Such an incredible feeling. Just pure adrenaline and genuine stoke!