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Carissa Moore makes historic splash on Surfer magazine cover

April 15, 2009 | 12:00 pm


Hawaii's Carissa Moore, a perennial giant-killer who will probably become a world surfing champion not long after she turns pro, graces the cover of the May issue of Surfer magazine -- and deservedly so.

How special is that? Very, considering that surfing magazines devote little space to women's surfing and almost never put a female on the cover. Moore, 16, is the first female surfer to appear on the cover of Surfer since four-time world champion Lisa Andersen in 1995, and only the third overall.

The multi-time national amateur champion, who is sponsored by Red Bull and Nike 6.0, has already beaten many of the world's best while competing in major contests as a wildcard.

"It feels pretty amazing. I am really stoked and feel very honored," said Moore, a junior at prestigious Punahou School in Honolulu. "Right now there are so many girls, especially around my age, that are ripping and that are really pushing the level of women's surfing. They are mastering flow, power, speed and adding a lot of flare and creativity to what they are doing, which makes it very exciting."

It's true. Moore and a handful of other girls -- Courtney Conlogue, Coco Ho, Laura Enever and Monyca Byrne-Wickey, to name a few -- represent the next generation and will change the face of women's surfing. Everyone but those on the current ASP Women's World Tour roster are eager for their arrival on the elite pro circuit.

-- Pete Thomas