“Find what makes you happy, and do it. And find who makes you happy, and be with them.”  – Carissa Moore

The first time I spoke with Carissa Moore was six years ago. She had just won a Men’s WQS event in Mexico, and she was fifteen. People thought that was impressive. And it was. But I distinctly remember that when I hung up the phone, I couldn’t care less about her surfing. I was impressed for entirely different reasons. I set the phone on the ringer and thought to myself: “This girl renews my faith in the idea that professional surfers can be sincere, humble, and kind people.”

That’s not the sexy ex-factor that typically pushes product, but, by God, it’s priceless.  And earlier this month, when I caught up with Carissa six years, a high school degree, and one World Title later, we discussed sex appeal’s place in women’s surfing, her greatest fears, her concept of true love as well as a host of interesting topics that give you a little insight into how she thinks and where her head’s at as the 2013 ASP Women’s World Title race wraps up.

And when she says she’d be happy living in a van she’s not speaking theoretically. At the time of the interview, Carissa Moore was actually living in a van with her boyfriend in Southern California. It was her idea.

And, you know what?  She was very happy. - Zach Weisberg

Today also marks Carissa Moore’s 21st birthday. Wishing Carissa a happy birthday from The Inertia.

Check out the first interview in the series: (HEADSPACE): Bruce Irons.

(HEADSPACE) is a new film series that takes viewers inside the minds of surfing’s most influential figures.

 

  • kooooook

    Totally refreshing attitude and interview. More Moore, please!

  • Shannon Marie Quirk

    nice work Inertia!

  • Steven Flores

    This interview was real cool. . . Anyone who loves the Ocean (waves) has lived in their Van at one time or another. . . Good luck with your current career.

  • Alex White

    More Moore!!!

  • Jerry

    How could you not love this girl after that interview? Carissa = true ambassador for surfing. Thanks for sharing.

  • allison

    What an amazing role model!

  • Casey

    Such a gorgeous girl! She has a beautiful smile and exudes warmth and authenticity. Plus she absolutely rips! Her attitude and openness is rare in normal people (non-professional athletes) let alone someone who has been pretty famous since she was a kid. Go girl, I’m a massive fan!!

  • Seabass120

    She’s great….hope she takes another title this year.

  • Hanna

    She is absolutely, beyond inspiring. That SMILE! Carissa, I’m not sure you’re aware, but you SHINE happiness.